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Vegetable and Fruit Growing in Containers

March 25th, 2009 by Garden Sage · 2 Comments

This season try growing vegetables and fruit in containers on the deck or patio.  You can have the benefits of ornamental plants and the pleasure of delicious produce.  Floranova, a creative plant breeding company located in the UK, has developed a line of food plants for containers that have been selected for their beauty and successful cropping in large pots.  The plants are compact, naturally branching and of determinate habit.  

Tumbling Tom Red tomato from Park Seed Co.

'Tumbling Tom Red' tomato from Park Seed Co.

The Patio Vegetable Collection has three tomato offerings.  The ‘Totem’ is a high yielding bush tomato with medium-size fruit.  There is a ‘Tumbling Tom Yellow’ and a ‘Tumbling Tom Red’.  These plants produce a cherry-size fruit on trailing vines growing up to 20″ long.

Pepper afficionados will enjoy ‘Redskin’, a sweet red bell pepper with upright growth and ‘Mohawk’, a sweet orange bell pepper with growth habit perfect for hanging baskets.  Both produce an abundance of fruit.

For those seeking a patio variety hot pepper, Floranova has a sizzling introduction named ‘Chenzo’.  Its fiery hot fruit starts out green and matures from black to red.  It will make a perfect feature plant in your container garden, well-shaped and proportioned.  Others in the hot pepper family are ‘Apache’, upright and well-branched, and ‘Cheyenne’ with a spreading and cascading habit producing large, hot, orange fruit.

In the cucurbita department Floranova offers a miniature, deep orange pumpkin called ‘Windsor’.  It is more than decorative – it makes a delicious pie.  The vines are 24″ long, the fruit reaches 4-5″ in diameter and it matures in 85 -90 days.

Squash Balmora from Park Seed Co.

Squash 'Balmora' from Park Seed Co.

Next there is ‘Balmoral’, a pattypan squash.  It’s fruiting pattern is unique among squash,  setting along the  stems like Brussels Sprouts.  The plant is compact  with 6″ diameter white pattypans.   Lastly Floranova has introduced ‘Buckingham’, a perfect zucchini for container growing.  The plant reaches 18″ wide and produces sunny yellow fruits best picked when 6-8″ long.  It’s a delightful summer squash for the patio garden.

Floranova has two offerings for the piece-de-resistance of container gardening –  the Alpine Strawberry.  Choose either ‘Temptation’  (Fragaria x ananassa), a delicious, everbearing alpine strawberry that produces the first season from seed, or ‘Mignonnette’ (Fragaria vesca), a French favorite which produces a plethora of tasty fruit.

Now you can grow a wide variety of bountiful and tasty vegetables and fruit in containers almost anywhere you find abundant sunshine and a steady supply of moisture.  In container gardening you can easily control the variables of soil, exposure, fertility, and water.  You can avoid the problems presented by garden predators and you can enjoy the inherent beauty of  these plants up close.  Because of growing and taste specific breeding you are more assured of success than ever before.  Give container gardening a try this season.

Seed Sources

Veseys  (www.veseys.com)

Thompson & Morgan (www.tmseeds.com)

Park Seed (www.parkseed.com)

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • peio revuelta

    I live in a village and work in agriculturing. We produce vegetables in our farms and i try to read everything about them. This information is very useful for me.

  • Laminated Garden Guides

    Container gardening is good for gardeners who live in an apartment or house without a yard. Container gardens are also great for gardeners in an area with a limited growing season, since the vegetable garden containers can be brought indoors before the first frost.The start up costs associated with a container garden aren’t high. Growing vegetables in containers can provide some wonderful opportunities, it’s fun, and it isn’t hard to start!

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