Dwarf fruit trees

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  1. Appleblossom31

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    Hi all

    I have some dwarf fruit trees growing in large pots, would I beable to grow anything else in pots other than flowers maybe strawberries? Any other ideas? Big thanks in advance
     
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    I normally try not to have anything growing under my fruit trees but I have seen some people plant clover to attract predators for aphids. You could see if marigolds will grow there too as they attract some pollinators.
     
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    As usual: depends on the pot.

    Is it big enough so accommodate both the tree and other plants?
    Normally I would say it isn't a Problem for both plants to sit in the same pot. But you will have to make sure there's enough nutrients going round to satisfy them both. And a problem always had was water management. As water usually accumulates in the bottom of the pot there might not be enough for the plants at the top. And I f you keep on pouring water in the roots at the bottom might get damaged.

    Asides from that I think strawberrys would be a decent pick. Or maybe phlox or even thyme.
     
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    My tubs are big i hope, the largest i could get
     

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      Thank you for that link. It is quite interesting.
       
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      It does explain why swathes of my borders ended up with huge Cistus and everything around them died :biggrin:
       
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        I did know about walnut trees trying to poison their surroundings. Also the leaves of oaks tend to make the ground sour when they rot.

        But in early 2020 I killed a dozen or so Rhododendron bushes which had grown man-hig. I then shredded them and scattered them around my whole garden. Probably kept the weeds at least a little at bay, but my other plants didn't seem to mind.
         
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