The best compost for growing fruit in pots

If you’re keen to plant up some of our bare-rooted fruit this winter, then planting into pots and containers is a good idea as long as you use the right size and the right type of compost.

Pot/Container Size:

For soft fruit like raspberries, currants and gooseberries, a diameter of 40-50cm is a good size when choosing a pot or container (and make sure they are nice and deep – fruit roots need to go quite deep.)

For strawberries, one plant to a 20cm pot is good.

Make sure pots have good drainage:

It is well-worth checking your pots for drainage holes. If there is only one drainage hole, you might want to drill a couple more if you can. And either way, adding a few crocks at the bottom of the pot before you fill it with compost will help to keep the plants from becoming waterlogged.

Choose the right compost:

Some of the more acid-loving fruit plants will do better in ericaceous compost (which you can buy from the garden centre) – these include:
  • Cranberry
  • Blueberry
  • Lingonberry