[nafex] fruit trees in containers

sherwin 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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