How to Grow Miniature Peach Trees in Containers – a short tutorial with step-by-step pictures on growing miniature/dwarf fruit trees in a small garden.
In Minnesota, we had a big yard with lots of trees and it was a lot of work. It took us many years to trim and tame the huge mature trees before we finally had a sunny spot to start Our Vegetable Garden. Even though it was a lot of work, we found it very rewarding to be able to grow and harvest some our own vegetables in the summer. We were hooked!
Planning Our New Colorado Backyard
When we started building our house in Colorado, it was an opportunity to set up our small backyard exactly the way we wanted it to be. We got the people who did our driveway to pour concrete for our backyard patio. This created the perfect place for container gardening. We also had the landscapers put in two raised vegetable boxes for us so that we can easily plant some of the vegetables we enjoy. It was great! We were all set and could not wait for spring to arrive.
A Cold and Wet Spring
The landscapers finished their work in our backyard at the end of March. The weather was warming up nicely until a series of late snowstorms hit the Colorado Front Range. We were leaving for our trip to Asia in mid April and had hope that we could get some planting done before we left. Unfortunately, the weather started getting colder and I had to find alternative ways to keep the plants I had purchased alive. That was when I discovered Self-Watering Raised Bed Patio Grow Boxes which I will talk about in an upcoming post.
A Step-By-Step Tutorial on How to Grow Miniature Peach Trees in Containers
Bonfire Patio Peach Tree
Three days before the late snowstorm of April 10th hit, we chanced upon a Bonfire Patio Peach Tree at Walmart. This tree is self-fertile or self-fruitful meaning that it can set fruit with pollen from the same tree or with pollen from the same variety. This is great because we only need this one tree and it will bear fruit. We could not let it pass and so we brought the miniature tree home. It was done flowering but the longish burgundy leaves were still quite pretty.
Complementary Plants at Base of Miniature Peach Tree
Since it was so tiny, we decided to put in some plants at the base of the tree so that the pot will not look so empty. I chose 2 hardy bog rosemary with pretty pink flowers and blue green leaves to complement the peach tree and container. Later I added 2 English lavender to fill the bare spots.
Rocks, Potting Mix, and Compost
Gardening experts say it is a myth that rocks at the bottom of a pot improves drainage. Whatever the case, we usually put a single layer in larger containers to prevent the dirt from washing out of the holes. You can omit this step if you wish. Since we have lots of rocks in our garden, we can just gather some into the container.
For fruit trees and edible plants in my garden, I prefer to use organic potting mix and compost. Always use potting mix and not garden soil which is too dense and will not drain well in containers. I like to use a ratio of 3:1, that is 3 parts potting mix to 1 part compost in my containers.
We were excited and could not wait to get home to pot our first container for the patio.
Potted plants can be pretty heavy and to move them around can be back breaking. You can save your back by placing them on planter caddies with wheels. By doing this you can move them easily on your patio.
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Bonfire Dwarf Patio Peach Tree – 2 Year Old
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Trendspot 18in Blue Tall Egg Composite Resin Plastic Planter
Landscapers Selec Pt-s028 Resin Planter, Blue Stain Finish, 22″
Plastec CDW12 Cedar Wood Caddy
Devault 12 in Plant Dolly, Black
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How to Grow Miniature Peach Trees in Containers
- Put a single layer of rocks at the base of the planter. (optional)
- Add a shallow layer of potting mix and compost with a ratio of 3:1 to about a quarter of the height of the container.
- Gently loosen the plant from its original pot and transfer it into the prepared container.
- Fill the sides of the container with a mixture of potting mix and compost.
- Transfer bog rosemary and English lavender plants into the container.
- Fill the container to the top with more potting mix and compost.
- Spread an even layer of mulch over the bare soil where it is not covered by the bog rosemary and lavender.
- Lift the container onto a planter caddy so that it can be moved around easily on your patio.
- Saturate the plant with water and check to make sure that excess water is draining from the holes in the container.
We planted this Bonfire Patio Peach Tree on April 7th and you can see from the pictures below that it has grown quite lush and pretty after 1½ months. Unfortunately, the flowers have mostly dropped off because of the snowstorms and so we will not be getting any fruits this year. Hopefully next year, we will get an abundance of peaches.
Pix Zee Miniature Peach Tree
When we came across the Pix Zee Miniature Peach Tree at a nursery upon our return from Asia, we could not resist bringing another miniature peach tree home. Fortunately, this tree is also self-fertile and has lots of tiny peaches on it. We have had this tree for 3 weeks now and the fruits have grown larger and some of them are turning to a rosy peach color. We will have to carefully remove some of the fruits so that the remaining ones will have a chance to grow big. Please check back frequently for updates on the trees’ progress throughout the summer.
I hope you have enjoyed this quick tutorial on How to Grow Miniature Peach Trees in Containers. It’s been a fun project for us and we can’t wait to see the fruits grow. I will definitely use some of the fruits for a recipe when they ripen.