Buy Small Container Trees for Outdoor Pots
Potted trees from NatureHills.com make a very sophisticated addition to your landscape. Even tiny balconies can enjoy container-grown trees for many years!
Add a matched series of container-grown trees along your patio for effortless designer style. Or, use a curated grouping of some of your favorites from our extensive online catalog.
Style them any way you'd like! Resin pots are lightweight and inexpensive; they'll also help insulate the root system in cold winter zones.
Shift your container tree up over time from 15-gallon to 25-gallon grow bags, which will work for years. A pretty pair of pottery containers look incredible flanking either side of your front door.
Turn Container Trees into a Garden Focal Point
Since they are mobile, container trees can be a centerpiece in a year-round landscape arrangement. Consider keeping your container trees on a wheeled caddy to make it easy to show off their seasonal changes in the most advantageous position.
The best trees for containers will thrive in these tight confines, and remain healthy for many seasons. Most small trees for containers are slow-growing, have a smaller stature and their root mass is smaller, too.
Containerized trees fit into small spaces, onto ledges, or in irregular landscapes. Container trees can also be taken to a new residence or location.
NatureHills.com sells starter trees in #1-gallon nursery pots. Keep these small trees in the following:
- Either a 10 to 14-inch pot
- Or, a 15 gallon grow bag
We also sell larger trees in #3 and #5-gallon nursery pots. These should be placed in the following:
- Either a 20-inch pot
- Or, a 25 gallon grow bag
Selection Ideas for Container Trees
Natural dwarf Tina Sargent Crabapple tree in containers are cold-hardy to Growing Zone 4. Clouds of snowy white blooms are followed by dark green leaves.
Glazed pottery pots work well for trees like hummingbird favorite Summer Jazz Fire Trumpet tree. Show off the romantic weeping form and bold foliage of Ruby Falls Redbud to perfection in a glazed pot.
Decorate small spaces with small trees like Japanese Maples like dramatic Coral Bark Japanese Maple. Showy red bark and golden-yellow foliage is an eye-catching combination for your patio or deck.
Don't forget that natural dwarf fruit trees like Bonfire Peach tree and Improved Dwarf Meyer Lemon trees make excellent potted plants. You'll have a delightful mini orchard to enjoy!
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Many container trees can be moved indoors for the winter. Even Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle can be successfully overwintered as a dormant plant in an unheated garage and brought out again in springtime.
How to Grow Tree Roses in Containers
Some of the best options for backyard potted trees are our Tree-Form Roses. Our expert growers have taken popular cultivars and grafted them to sturdy trunks.
These beautiful feature plants elevate their showy blooms up to eye level. The number of flowers produced on these plants is incredible!
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Our growers ship these sturdy plants with a stake to pound down into the soil. We do recommend that you find a sheltered spot for your container trees.
The branched tops of the plants make fantastic small trees in one growing season. Each spring just before these plants start to grow, lightly trim the top branches to be somewhat uniform in a rounded shape.
After the plants have been growing for three years, you'll maintain a three to four-foot rounded ball. Prune each year early in the season just before it leaves out.
#ProPlantTips for Growing Trees in Containers
Study the Plant Highlights to learn how much sun exposure growing trees need to prosper. Growing trees in containers is a satisfying endeavor, as long as you provide the following:
Ensure your container has good drainage holes (drilling additional ones, if needed). You'll want to elevate the pots on bricks or pottery feet to allow water to drain fully.
Consistent hydration is the key to success. Keep container trees moist for best results.
If you can, install automatic drip irrigation for containerized trees to keep them evenly moisturized. Remember that containerized trees require more water than the identical plant does in the ground.
Mulch over the top of the trees to cut down on surface evaporation. Pull the mulch away from touching the trunk.
Fertilize your container-grown trees with a good, slow-release formula. Follow all application rates and instructions on the label.
Prune your container trees according to the Plant Highlights on every NatureHills.com product page. Keep the branches you want and remove the rest...with a goal to open up the canopy to air and light.
If the tree outgrows its pot size, it will have to be transplanted into a larger container to maintain health and appearance. You can also successfully prune for size control...much like the Bonsai artists keep plants smaller.
In the northern regions, wrap your container with bubble wrap, row covers or layers of burlap to protect your investment. You can also line the inside of any container with a thin layer of styrofoam insulation to help with cold and heat buffering.
You'll adore your container trees from NatureHills.com. Keeping plants in pots essentially turns them into "Plant Pets" to lavish your love on.