Container Fruit Bushes

I’m thinking about buying a redcurrant & gooseberry to be grown (separately) in a large container (not yet purchased). Anyone had any success with container grown fruit? Any tips?

I have had a blueberry in a pot for about 5 years which does well, but mainly due to it needing different compost.

Many thanks

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Greetings once more, Mrs Jones.Hope you are well and ‘safe’.
I’m not a container expert but my instinct tells me that fruit bushes are better off in the ground. If you have no ground space, then I would suggest that a pot of no less than 30-40 litres+ might well ultimately do the job but sadly it will need a lot more attention - re watering and feeding. If you are in a ‘patio situation’ then you have little alternative but if you can get them in the ground it will serve both you and the bushes better. Good luck with two tasty bushes. Blueberries are a different issue as they seem to need acid compost to get the best from them and most gardens don’t supply the right soil ph. Others, I’m sure, will offer you better wisdom.

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Hi Mrs Jones,

I have an apple tree grown in an old water butt, in the garden. It’s around 10 years old and does really well
I have a lemon tree which lives in the greenhouse all year round, in its own large terracotta pot; I can’t remember what the litre size is, but it must be at least 80 litres.
I planted a bare root plum tree this year, into another old water butt, which seems to have settled well.
I grow all of my fruit and veg in pots or gro-bags. Nothing goes into the ground. It j7st makes it easier for me to keep things under control and not bother too much with weeding.
I’ll have some raised beds from next year, so I’ll see how much better things grow in those. My other half is making those for me and is building brick ones, open to the soil at the bases.
I’d say you probably need at least 80 litre containers, but it depends on the varieties you choose and how big you want them to grow.
Louise