If you’ve got the space, growing a dwarf fruit tree in your home has some excellent perks. Aside from the usual benefits of a houseplant such as beautiful foliage and clean air, you get the added benefit of fruit.
Fruit trees are visually appealing and offer a nice change from the average spider plant or philodendron.
10 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Indoors
Citrus is probably the first and obvious choice for an indoor fruit tree. A few rules apply to all citrus.
- Don’t let their soil dry out. Citrus trees like moist (not water-logged) soil, and prefer a loamy soil mixture.
- Keep them misted with a fine-mist plant sprayer.
- Fertilize citrus trees regularly with a fertilizer blend made specifically for citrus.
- Most citrus takes anywhere from six to nine months to ripen; the tangerines can take up to 18 months.
1. Lemon Tree
You can grow apple trees on a dwarfing rootstock as a bush or as an espalier. Some apples that can be grown are: Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp, and these will pollinate one another.
2. Lime Tree
Key lime and kaffir lime are popular dwarf citrus trees.
The key lime produces small, thin-skinned fruits. This tree will need to be hand-pollinated. This is easy enough to do with a small, clean paintbrush by gently brushing the insides of each flower.
Be sure to purchase a dwarf variety, and you’ll be making key lime pie before you know it.
3. Orange Tree
Growing orange trees in containers is the easiest and surest method to protect them from possible cold damage. The key is selecting the best orange trees suited for pots followed by appropriate fertilization, watering, and maintenance of size through pruning.
4. Fig Tree
Figs’s roots prefer to be confined. For cooler climates tie sleeves of plastic bubble wrap loosely around the baby fruits and protect them. For air circulation, leave the sleeves open ended. In fall, remove fruits that are larger than peas. To make sure that only four leaves stay per shot you should pinch out the growing shoots of the fig tree at the beginning of summer.
Plant your fig tree in a soil-based mix in a 19-inch diameter pot. Keep it in a sunny area and regularly water it. Add organic fertilizer every 2 weeks.
5. Olive Tree
While maybe not what most people consider a fruit, an olive tree is a beautiful fruit tree to grow indoors.
Consider the Arbequina, well-suited for containers. Olive trees prefer well-drained soil and plenty of light, at least 6 hours a day. If you want fruit, they will need to experience a period of about two months worth of cooler temperatures. You can move them to a garage or shed that is cool in the fall or winter to accomplish this.
Don’t forget the leaves! Olive tree leaves make a wonderfully flavored tea and have many health benefits too.
6. Passion Fruit Tree
Passion fruit technically grows on a vine, but I included it because it’s quite easy to grow indoors.
Like most of our other trees, it prefers well-drained soil and at least six hours of sunlight a day. You will need to give your passion fruit a trellis to climb up. Passion fruit likes to be kept moist, but not soggy, so water it frequently. Choose a bonsai variety, like the Mapplegreen passion fruit.
Along with delicious fruit, this “tree” will provide you with gorgeous flowers too.
7. Peaches and Nectarines
These trees are dormant during winter and blossom in early spring. For that reason their flowers can be damaged by frost. You should move your tree inside if it blooms during a frost. Or, you can cover the tree with horticultural fleece.
Pixie-cot or Pixzee is a great variety of apricots, while the tasty Bonanza is a dwarf variety of peaches.
Most of us know apricots from the dried variety commonly found in the bulk food section.
The Moorpark is an excellent dwarf apricot, reaching only six feet high. As with most indoor trees, you can prune it, so it stays smaller and compact.
Give your apricot tree well-drained soil in a snug pot. Be sure it gets plenty of sun, 6-8 hours a day. If you have a south-facing window, that would be the best location for your apricot tree. Water your apricot regularly and be sure the soil doesn’t dry out between watering.
9. Avocado Tree
If you’ve ever started an avocado tree from the pit of an avocado, then you’ve probably dreamed of picking your own fruit from that little seedling.
Unfortunately, this is one fruit tree that is very difficult to get fruit from indoors. While not impossible, indoor avocado trees generally don’t produce fruit.
They are still a beautiful fruit tree to have in your home. If you are using a seedling you started from a pit, you’ll need to prune it regularly as it starts to grow.
Most non-dwarf varieties grow quite tall. As always, choose a loamy, well-draining soil for your avocado tree and pick a location that gets bright sun for at least six hours per day. Keep your avocado’s soil moist, but not soggy.
10. Banana Tree
Bananas, like avocados, are another fruit tree that can grow insanely tall. To enjoy the tropics in your home, though, choose a dwarf variety of banana tree. Some of the dwarf varieties can get quite tall as well, so give the Lady Finger banana a try. They top out around 4’ tall and produce slim, tiny bananas.
Like most tropical plants, bananas need lots of sunlight and humidity. Be sure your banana tree gets full sun for 6-8 hours a day. A southern exposure window is best.
Replicate humidity by misting your tree often. When your house is hot and dry, you can even get away with daily misting.
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