[nafex] fruit trees in containers
sherwindu at att.net
Wed Apr 27 21:42:51 EDT 2016
On 4/27/2016 8:38 PM, Jay Cutts wrote:
> I'm considering trying to grow fruit trees such as dwarf peaches,
> plums, cherries in containers. We're at 7000 feet in New Mexico.
> They can be outside during the growing season but in the winter I'll
> need to 1) make sure they get their chilling hours but 2) keep the
> rootball from freezing to the point that the plant is killed.
> Does anyone have any idea how much freezing the rootballs could take?
> The containers will be stored sitting on the ground, so they are
> exposed. Is it a matter of how cold they get or how long they are frozen?
> In the ground the roots would be frozen most of the winter but the
> temperature might not get as cold as when the roots are in a pot?
> The benefit of pot growing would be that I can move the plants indoors
> or into a protected spot once they flower and avoid the lethal effects
> of late frosts. But then I have to worry about pollination.
> Any ideas?
Unless you have a huge number of blossoms, you could do hand
pollination with a cotton Q-tip.
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