All Things Gardening forum: Where can I get containers for dwarf trees?

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RenaeC
Jul 2, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Just out of curiosity where can I get containers for dwarf trees for free or where can I buy them at an affordable price? I tip my hat to you.
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Christine
Jul 2, 2017 8:10 AM CST
You could always go to one of the $ stores and buy the big tubs with rope handles and drill holes in the bottom Smiling
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RenaeC
Jul 2, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Okay, thanks! I'll have to look around to try to find where they sell them. I was just at Walmart this morning and Home Depot. None of them had any buckets or containers in stock or were way too expensive. The only pots they had in the clearance section were too small too.
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tarev
Jul 2, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Containers are quite expensive indeed. Try to find pottery outlet stores, you may have them in your area. I head to those stores, sometimes they have clearance items. At the big box stores, selection is too few as well.
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RenaeC
Jul 2, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I just called nearly every store in my town that I know has a gardening section. No one apparently carries big enough plant buckets or they're $30+ for one bucket. I've tried calling and asking about the food grade containers everyone keeps telling me about that they get for free and only 1 store here offers them. Another store I called was rude to me when I asked if they had any food containers they didn't want anymore then they asked who I was which was pointless since I just called to see if they had any buckets available and they said they use them all and hung up on me.
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tarev
Jul 2, 2017 11:39 AM CST
I don't like using plastic buckets for my outdoor plants here, just because the dry heat is so intense it just deteriorates and breaks fast, and with the winter cold, it will do the same. So I really try to get pots, that will also withstand the strong winds that come by.

How about vineyards if there are some near your area, maybe they have old wine barrels they do not intend to use again. Shrug!
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RenaeC
Jul 2, 2017 1:04 PM CST
I was looking for those giant plastic pots at an affordable price, but I haven't been able to find any. I found a website that had some, but I don't know if that site is legit or not.

Our vineyards near me don't sell wine they only package grapes in boxes and ship them off. I would have to drive 3 1/2 hours south towards the nearest wine vineyards to see if they had any wine barrels which doesn't seem worth it to me tbh.
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tarev
Jul 2, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Try garage/yard sales too.
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DaisyI
Jul 2, 2017 3:44 PM CST
My daughter got some huge plastic pots at Home Depot last week - she paid $10 a piece for them.
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greene
Jul 2, 2017 3:54 PM CST
I watch where the landscapers are working to plant trees and ask if I can please have the large plastic tubs. They work just fine and you can't beat the price; I get them for a smile and a thank you. Thumbs up
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2017 4:39 PM CST
I have had luck with sites like Freecycle and even Craig's List. Go to Home Depot/Lowe's and wander around the Non-garden areas. Think outside of the box. There might be some construction item that might suit your needs with a few alterations. For example, I have used large tubes meant for concrete pillar forms cut down for a trashcan, lined with a plastic bag. You can using 5 cement pavers and glue them into an open box/pot shape. It would be heavy but way cheaper than some of the prices of large pots I have seen!
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RenaeC
Jul 2, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Thank for the advice you all! I will checkout Home Depot and lowes again when I get a bit more money saved up. I was on craigslist last night and didn't see anything new was posted.

Cheryl, you're right i could make a potting container for my trees for a fraction of the price, but I think cement blocks maybe a bit too heavy since we don't want to live here for too long of a time, so I'd need something I could be able to transport easliy when it's time for us to move.

I wanted to keep my dwarf trees in containers since I don't want to lose the progress of planting them in the ground and starting over when we finally do decide it's time to move, if we don't plan on living at a place we don't own or don't plan on living there for a while. I'm just having a hard time finding a big enough container to hold a dwarf tree.
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Yardenman
Jul 3, 2017 12:31 AM CST
It depends what size containers and how long a tree will be in them. I'm seen huge plastic tubs at Walmart. You can drill holes in them easily.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jul 3, 2017 7:15 AM CST
The biggest size my local Walmart carries is a size 15lb for $8 and they're almost always out of stock when I look go look for them. I honestly don't know if that is a big enough size to keep a dwarf tree in. My trees are currently about 1.5 ft. They've started to outgrow their current containers a bit ago, but they're still very young.
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tarev
Jul 3, 2017 10:36 AM CST
You can also try fabric containers. I have used some, but for smaller plants, but they have bigger versions for trees in containers. Check Geopots. There are different brands in the market, but that is the one I have used, I like the density of the material, thicker yet porous, allows good airflow at root zone. Since your planting situation is still temporary, this would be easier to handle. See comparisons in youtube about smart pots vs. geo pots..just to further your research as well if you want to try it out.
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krobra
Jul 3, 2017 10:49 AM CST
I bought 2 of these they are pretty nice for the price. They have no drainage holes though you would have to drill your own.

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jul 3, 2017 1:04 PM CST
I do like the style of those whiskey barrels , but i dont think it's something that's in my budget right now. And, i will definitely check out those fabric pots! I was at Target this morning getting some things for the house and their shelves were pretty much bare with it being so close to the 4th of July.


John, there's lots of fruits you can grow in a container. Strawberries, passion fruit, watermelons, cantelope, blueberries, pineapple, dwarf pomegranites, dwarf mandarin oranges, tomatoes, dwarf banana tree, dwarf apple tree, dwarf peaches, dwarf plums, dwarf cherries, dwarf avocados. There's a lot of stuff!
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Coppice
Jul 3, 2017 4:35 PM CST
I would try your buy-sell-barter forum on FB. I would try your local free-cycle. I would also check your local Blue-Seal feed store.
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Coppice
Jul 3, 2017 4:40 PM CST
John123john said:I live in an apartment and I have a very small community garden space for some vegetables. I do have a patio and was wondering if there is any fruits that are able to be grown in a container. I am in Ohio if that makes a difference.

Thanks!


There are very small root-stocks used for some apples. That could be staked and planted in a half-wine barrel or larger pots.

You are going to have to get up to speed of what rootstock is small enough for your needs.

I routinely pruned crab-apple as bonsai, so your standard apple tree does not have to be taller than on say 24 inches, If you are of a mind to limit them.

Start talking to your local nurserys.
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