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fruit trees for high rise terrace

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helenf starts with ...
I am planning to grow fruit trees in pots on a high rise terrace in Melbourne. The terrace is on the 8th floor and faces west. It'll get quite a lot of wind, I think, and be hot and sunny in summer.

I'm thinking of dwarf meyer lemon, a cumquat, a dwarf mandarin and a pomegranate.

Would these plants cope in a hot/windy location, assuming adequate watering. I'll be able to set up an automatic watering system eventually, but until then will be watering by hand.

What sized pots would I need to get, that would last for a few years or ideally forever. I'm considering 60cm round plastic pots or similar sized half barrels - would that be large enough?

Thanks!
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life in a retirement village says...
By keeping in pots the plants will stay limited in their size. Some fast growing fruits like strawberries, especially the ones with pink flowers would be nice. Enquirer into companion plants, some herbs are nice around the base of plants . Would you have room for a large leafed deciduous like a fig to give you summer shade and winter sun? I made the mistake of planting Italian parsley in my potted lemon, the tap roots nearly strangled the citrus, curly parsley and cut and come again baby lettuce much better!
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Brain says...
The citrus should cope, but needs at least 6+ hours sun.

Also it needs regular drenching - i.e. rain or hose, as there would be dust build up, mites and mineral build up in soil. (I've done it on the 15th balcony floor)

Otherwise, IMHO 40cm/50cm pot is big enough for a dwarf. Unless you really want a nice and big tree.



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