Breadfruit is a staple food in many tropical countries, where it grows as a native tree. Since it is used to very warm climates, it can’t grow outdoors in zones where temperatures fall below freezing. If you live in a temperate zone and still want to try your hand at breadfruit cultivation, you should consider growing breadfruit trees in containers. Keep reading to learn more about container grown breadfruit care and requirements.
Growing Breadfruit in a Pot
Can you grow breadfruit in a container? Yes, but it’s not going to be the same as growing it in the ground. In the wild in their native southeast Asia, breadfruit trees can reach 85 feet (26 m.) in height. That’s simply not going to happen in a container. Since breadfruit trees also take many years to reach maturity and begin to bear fruit, there’s a good chance you won’t ever reach the harvest stage. That being said, they are interesting trees that can be grown as ornamentals. While your tree isn’t going to reach its full 85 feet (26 m.) in height, it should grow well in a pot. You never know, you just might get some fruit.
Container Grown Breadfruit Care
The key to growing potted breadfruit trees is space. Try to plant your tree in as big a container as you can manage – at least 20 inches (51 cm.) in diameter and height. There are some dwarf varieties of breadfruit tree available, and these perform much better in containers. Breadfruit trees are native to the tropics, and they need lots of moisture. Opt for a glazed or plastic container that retains water better, and water very regularly. Never let the pot stand in water in its saucer, however, as this can drown the plant. Potted breadfruit trees need lots of light and warm weather. Keep them outdoors in the summer while temperatures are above 60 degrees F. (15 C.). These are their ideal conditions. When temps start to fall below 60 degrees F. (15 C.), bring your tree indoors and place it in a very sunny south facing window. Breadfruit trees will die if exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees F. (4.5 C.) for more than a couple hours.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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