Q. I am a new gardener. I am growing everything in pots including my fruit trees: figs, cherries, peaches all on dwarf root stocks. The trees are in 30 inch pots holding 6 cubic feet of soil. My tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash and others I grow in 5 gallon buckets. I am growing 12 different varieties of raspberries and blackberries in 20 gallon containers with a trellis on each pot other than my trees. I started my garden a bit late so it is mostly in the shade. I am thinking about taking it out into the sunlight after the summer to hope to stimulate more fruiting on the plants.
A. You have to be a good gardener to pull that off. Container gardening can be quite a challenge but if you have no other alternative then it is what it is. Containers are not very forgiving. Even with six cubic feet there is not much room for error so they require more monitoring than plants grown in the ground.
|Womak blackberry, a blackberry that does produce in the|
hot desert of the Mojave but fruits ripen unevenly and
quickly when it is hot.
Putting them in the shade helps but finding the right balance of sunlight and shade can be trickey. Flowering and fruiting plants require more sunlight than plants grown for just their leaves. The fertilizer requirement for leafy plants is different than flowering plants.
|Dorman Red red raspberry. A low chill raspberry for the|
south that did not perform well for us and we finally
pulled out the plants.
By the way, I dont know of any variety of raspberry that does well in the hot parts of the Mojave Desert. If you have one that has lasted at least four years and produced a decent crop, I would love to hear about it!