Fruit trees suitable for growing in pots and containers

plums_peteThere are some specific, self-fertile varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees which are suitable for growing in terra cotta pots. At Suffolk Fruit and Trees, we have patio fruit trees for sale and fruit trees for containers and we can supply these trees in the dormant period from December to April. This is the period in which fruit trees transplant best. However, we strongly advise you to contact us as soon as possible, because our specialist trees are raised in small numbers and so it is best to order before the delivery season..

Click here to read some advice about growing fruit trees in containers. The most important thing that you have to remember is that all fruit trees grown in pots, during the growing season, April to October, will have to be watered weekly; 5 litres of water per tree, and when really hot and dry, 10 litres of water per tree per week. This can be done either by hand or by an automated watering system. An automated watering system is always to be preferred.

Delivery and planting

Your trees will be delivered “bare root” and untrained. As they will be delivered in their period of dormancy, they will not suffer the lack of soil during delivery. When they arrive, just plant them in the containers as detailed in the link above. More extensive instructions will be provided with the tree pack. Please scroll down for more information on growing trees in containers.

How to order your trees for growing in containers:

Just select the varieties that you would like on the Tree Varieties page, and, in the Special Instructions window, specify that your trees are to be planted in pots. Or just send us an email with your selection and specifying that they are for use in pots on patios..

You will then be able to complete your order by paying by bank transfer, or by sending us a cheque for the amount due to:

The Orchards, Oaktree House, Braiseworth, near Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7DS.

Please note that we can only process enquiries and orders that are complete with name, address, email and telephone number.

For any queries, please send us an e-mail to

Click here to read more about soils and container choices for mobile trees on our blog

Planting recommendations:
When you receive your orchard pack, you will find a plastic envelope labelled “DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED” that has your address slip inside. Just take out the address slip, unfold and turn it over, and you will find the planting recommendations on the back of the same sheet.