Are you tired of wasting your money on fruit that goes bad within a few days? Do you have a large yard that could use some attractive plants? Are you afraid to try homegrown fruits because you think your yard is too small? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in the right place!
About 20% of all produce in grocery stores is thrown away due to spoilage or small blemishes. Plus, they mark-up their produce by 50% and sometimes even 75%. Save your money and your time by growing fruits right at home that will last longer than store-bought!
We’ve created a list of five plants just for you that are easy to grow, will grow in containers and will provide an abundance of delicious, homegrown fruit.
This variety of strawberry plant has the ability to produce fruit well after spring ends, making it extremely popular. While most strawberry varieties are harvested once a year, the Everbearing Strawberry pumps out juicy berries in late spring, again in the fall and AGAIN before the first frost.
Everbearing Strawberry plants are so versatile; they’ll grow in the ground in growing zones 4-8 as well as in decorative containers on decks & patios. Plant a few together to create a groundcover or hang a few planters on the front porch. There are so many possibilities!
This blueberry bush is named Spartan for good reason. It’s tall and strong giving you a bountiful harvest of up to 10 pounds of berries a year! Spartan Blueberries are the largest blueberries, often growing to over the size of a quarter.
Do you live in a cold climate? No problem!
This gorgeous berry bush laughs at the cold. In growing zones 5-7, plant several as landscape shrubs or in decorative containers. Any location outside zones 5-7, use decorative containers, and bring them indoors during extreme weather conditions. Everyone nationwide can enjoy these delicious, plump berries!
There are several stages of delight that come with growing this easy-to-harvest, compact shrub. Enjoy white flowers in the spring, shiny green foliage spring through fall, sapphire blue berries in the summer, and stunning orange-yellow autumn color! Can them, freeze them, and share them with friends! You’ll have plenty of delicious blueberries to go around.
The Honeycrisp Apple lives up to its name when you take the very first bite! It’s sweet like honey, amazingly crisp and incredibly juicy.
What makes them so juicy, you ask? Honeycrisps have larger cells than other apple varieties. When you take a bite, those cells burst filling the mouth with syrupy, sweet juice!
Grow two varieties of apples OR choose a crabapple tree. Crabapples bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen, making them some of the best pollinators for fruiting apple trees. Honeycrisp apples are great for pies, homemade applesauce, apple butter, preserves, and of course, when eaten fresh off the tree.
Add an eye-catching shrub to your landscape that also produces delicious fruit by planting a Brown Turkey Fig tree.
Fresh figs are rarely sold in grocery store chains because of their short shelf life. This makes it difficult for us fig-lovers to indulge in these tasty little treats unless they are dried or packaged. Surprisingly, figs are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow at home.
Brown Turkey Figs will happily flourish in the ground in growing zones 7-10 and will even thrive in containers. That certainly makes them an easy choice for any beginner gardener! Get two harvests from your self-pollinating, Brown Turkey Fig tree; one crop in the spring – called the breba crop because it grows on the previous year’s growth – and one crop in the fall.
5. Meyer Lemon
The Meyer Lemon is the bestselling patio citrus tree! Juicier and sweeter than standard lemons, Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a sweet orange. Grocery stores rarely have them on the shelves, and when they do, they are outrageously priced.
Life will certainly give you lemons – cheaper ones at that! – when this stunning tree is added to your landscape. Recommended for growing zones 8-11 when planted in the ground, Meyer Lemons will also grow in decorative containers in colder climates. Simply bring your tree inside during periods of freezing temperatures. Imagine the sweet, fresh lemony scent drifting all throughout your home!