When I lived in zone 5, I enjoyed keeping a fig in a pot, bundling it up in our garage over the winter. Now that I live in zone 7b, near Atlanta, GA, USA, I can grow figs outside, so I’m wondering what other things might be fun to grow in a pot like that. I don’t have a garage, just some sunny windows, a warm basement, and a shady screened porch that’s probably not much cold protection.
What species would be interesting and thrive in these conditions? Citrus? What else?
Just to let you know I picked up some nice fig trees from Home Depot last week for $22 in 5 gallon pots (Brown Turkey and Celeste) they are huge and Wal-mart had some nice Hardy figs for around $20 I think. But they were selling really fast. You’ll find Brown Turkey, Celeste, Green Ischia, Kadota, LSU puple, Black Mission, Desert King and Italian Honey mostly around Atlanta. (pic below Home Depot)
Are homegrown navel oranges better than store-bought? I can get really good navel oranges very cheaply, so I don’t feel a need to grow them. I was thinking an Australian finger lime, Meyer lemon, or something like that I can’t buy in a store.
I guess my question wasn’t clear. The whole point to growing something in a pot is to grow something that I couldn’t grow in the ground. Figs and blueberries grow great in the ground, so there’s no point to growing them in a pot. I don’t know about currants, I guess I’d leave them outside over the winter and take them into air conditioning over the summer? I’m hoping for more suggestions of things that need to be in a pot because they would die if outside here the whole year.
My crandall currant is not liking the full sun maybe it needs some shade. I have two goosberries in morning sun only (poorman and another) I forgot and they are doing good except the deer have found them and are eating the leaves.
I’ve put about 20 in the ground between colored currants, black currants, and gooseberries. The effects of mildew ranged from terrible to lethal. If you try you need to spray antifungals weekly during the summer, and they don’t like the heat either. I’m in Richmond, VA so I expect i will be worse farther south.
One or two gooseberries sort of tolerate the heat & humidity, but none do very well.
I’m deciding if I want to pull them all out, or try committing to a weekly spray schedule once the temperature hits 90s.