5 Easy To Grow Indoor Fruit Trees
Copyright 2012 - Kris Heeter, Ph.D.
Small container and dwarf fruit trees make ideal houseplants for any climate. They can be a great way to brighten the dreary winter months in colder climates.
While there are many options out there, the five below offer a wide variety to choose from. Some are more common and easy to find than others, but if you love indoor tropical plants, consider giving one a try!
While there are many options to choose from, the Meyer Lemon Tree seems to be a popular indoor variety. The Meyer Lemon tends to be sweeter than a standard lemons and ripens over several months. The trees give a steady supply once they start to bear fruit. In colder climates, this tree does well indoors and can be moved outside during the warmer months.
According to the Lemon Citrus Tree, the Meyer Lemon Tree can produce fruit for 30 years or more.
Sweet Orange, Sour Orange and Blood Orange are three broad categories of orange trees to choose from. According to the Four Winds Growers, citrus trees require 8-12 hours of sunlight each day to be healthy and productive.
When grown as an indoor tropical plant, a South or Southwest facing window is ideal. When days are shorter, the use of full spectrum bulbs or fluorescent plant lights can help supplement their lighting needs.
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One of the more popular dwarf varieties to grow in containers is the Dwarf Cavendish Banana Tree. Park Seed Company advertises up to 90 bananas per mature 5- to 6- foot tree.
It is considered a fast growing plant that will produce bananas within three to five years.
As with the citrus trees, there is a variety of peach trees to choose from. Peach tree starts are from rootstock and can be obtained from a number of online sources and some local nurseries, depending upon location.
Peach trees may need more pruning than other indoor fruit trees to keep them from getting too big.
Custard Apple Tree
This is a unique apple tree that has been traditionally less common in the United States. It is indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest and is also now common in India.
Unlike most apple trees, it can be easy be sowed from seed, and will bear fruits in two to three years. The fruits take around three to four months to ripen. (Regular apple trees are grafted because plants grown from seed will not produce the same variety of apple).
The Custard Apple Tree is gaining popularity in the United States as a houseplant. One advantage that it has over citrus trees is that it requires less light.
Stay tuned to watch how the custard apple tree seedling shown in the photo to the right grows over time. Updated growth photos will be posted every 3 months!
Other options to consider
The five outlined above are not the only fruit trees to consider. Others examples include:
If you have had success growing fruit trees indoors, please feel free to share you tips and stories in the comments section!
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