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Houseplants From Kitchen Fruits and Vegetables

Updated on May 31, 2013

Growing Houseplants from Fruit and Vegetable Seeds

I love growing anything I can get my hands on and I've found that lots of fruit and vegetable seeds from our kitchens can be grown to make beautiful house plants.

Some will even produce fruit!

This is a great activity to do with your children or even to just liven up your windowsill.

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So whats the best soil to grow fruit and vegetable seeds?

If you would like to start fruit seeds and pits, the best mixture I have found is standard potting soil mixed with an even amound of horticultural sand and vermiculite. The mix should be kept moist and warm. You can achieve this by keeping a glass container over the pot or perhaps just keeping them in a warm place like the top of the fridge.


Avocado's make fantastic plants, you can grow them by simply removing the pit from the center of the ripened fruit.

You can grow avocado's by having them first sprout in a glass of water or just by directly planting them in soil.

For the water method, simply pierce the seed with 2 or 3 tooth picks and place it in a cup of water. Make sure you place the seed with its pointed end up. In 2 to 6 weeks, when roots and leaves are well formed the plant is set in potting soil.

They can also be easily sprouted directly into a well-drained 4 or 5 inch pot of porous, fertile soil. The top of the seed should just barely peek above the surface of the soil. Keep the soil moist and warm, the seed will begin to sprout and a pretty, leafy plant will develop.

Repotting should be done in the spring. Well-rooted plants should be given a dilute liquid fertilizer every week or two. Watering should be done so that the soil never becomes really dry but isn't ever soggy and waterlogged.

Avocado Plant

Avocado Plant
Avocado Plant

Grow your own apple trees from seeds

Planting apple seeds is a fun thing to do with your kids, they take a long time to mature and bear fruit but will grow with your children and eventually produce delicious fruit that you can enjoy for years to come.

Apple seeds should be started indoors. The easiest way to do this is by placing some apple seeds into a paper towel, folding it into a small square. Keep the paper towel wet, and place it in your refrigerator. Only about 30% of these will sprout so be sure and plant enough!

Keep checking the seeds and keeping them moist. In 2-6 weeks, your apple seeds will sprout. They are now ready to plant in some soil. Place them in a nice sunny window and keep them moist. As soon as they outgrow the pot, plant them outside. Water well if conditions are hot or dry.

Apple Tree

Apple Tree
Apple Tree

Pineapples make very exotic looking plants

Not only will you have a beautiful decorative plant but you can also produce sweet edible pineapples that will give you the satisfaction in knowing that you grew them yourself.

Choose a pineapple with a healthy top and nice green leaves, then cut or twist this off and enjoy eating the fruit.

Prepare the top by trimming off the excess skin and flesh around it and pulling off any brown leaves at the base.

Place your pineapple in a cup of water for about 2-4 weeks or until you have some good root growth and make sure to change the water once or twice a week.

Take your newly rooted top and plant it in well drained soil and keep the soil slightly moist, place it in a warm and sunny spot.

New green leaves will soon develop from the centre of the topknot to form an attractive plant for a bright windowsill or conservatory, If you live in a warm area they could also be planted directly outdoors. Continue feeding and watering regularly. Once the plant has outgrown its pot, transplant it to a larger container. It can take 2-3 years for your plant to flower and produce fruit but it will be well worth the wait.

Pineapple Plant

Pineapple Plant
Pineapple Plant

Growing Blueberry Seeds

Blueberry seeds are very small, it is best to start them indoors.

The easiest way I have found to get the seeds out of them is to blend a bunch of frozen berries in my blender with lots of water, I wait a bit for the berries to sink and drain some water, add more water then blend again. Keep doing this till you only have seeds left. Dry the seeds on some paper towels or cloth. Next take some moss or loose soil and line the bottom of a box, spread the seeds out and cover with another layer of whatever you are using. Cover your box with some newspaper and put it in a warm room for about a month. Once the seeds have started to sprout place your box by a warm window and water regularly. Once your plants are 2-3 niches high you can transfer them into pots or directly outside after the risk of frost passes.

Blueberry Plant

Blueberry Plant
Blueberry Plant

Pomegranate seeds make lovely house plants

These seeds are easy to grow.

Just clean off the flesh and let them sit out for a few days (if you don't then not as many seeds will take)

Sow the pomegranate seeds into a small pot about 2 inches apart. Keep them moist and warm. It should take about 2 weeks for your seeds to sprout. It should grow about 2 feet tall in 2 months time, if you live in a warmer climate they can be transferred outside and if not, they make truly wonderful plants for your home. Eventually has bright red flowers and can produce fruit in hot summers.

Pomegranate Plant

Pomegranate Plant
Pomegranate Plant

Dragon fruit

These are super easy to grow and its actually a type of cactus. Collect and clean the seeds then plant them into some gritty compost in a small pot. Place the pot into a plastic bag and you should see some sprouts in about 2 weeks time.

They will grow two little leaves and these will be the only ones they will ever have. From this point onwards a spiny stem will begin to grow between the centre of these leaves. The leaves will fall off after a few months. This plant is more of a vine and likes to be placed beside something it can climb up.

Dragon Fruit Plant

Dragon Fruit Plant
Dragon Fruit Plant

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      I grow many types of vegetable and flowers. This lens has given me more ideas of want I can grow from seeds. Thanks for sharing.

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      PurplePansy LM 5 years ago

      I recently sprouted some plants from melon seeds! I've never tried this before and I would like to try more of this. I also tried planting tomatoes but I didn't get anything. My mom is currently growing a pineapple top like you show here. That dragonfruit plant looks fascinating; I would love to try growing something like that.

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      b4ndit 5 years ago

      I grow many plant like avocado, papaya, chili, manggo, lime, sweet tamarine and some flower plant. I love gardening ^_^

      Its interesting lens with nice pictures

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i grew a kiwi plant for four years ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grow blueberries in container pots--same as strawberries. Raspberries grow on the side of the house and I've moved them 3x and they still produce. I have grapes on an arbor and dwarf fruit trees on a slight hill.

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      SewingMama 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens! I'll be following it to grow my own house plants. Thanks!

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      KiwiSanet 6 years ago

      I had a pineapple plant, which I grew from a top. It made a very nice houseplant but unfortunately never produced any fruit.

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      MadHaps LM 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, here in Fla we can grow a good variety of plants. I grow many tropical plants including Orchids, Bromeliads and other epiphytes. See my lens "Orchids of the Americas"

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sweet lens, glad I browsed it! If you like to browse like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to do.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I´ve been growing apples, pear, avocados and even a melon seed (of course, then I gave the last one to a friend of mine who has a big garden!)

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I have grown Avocados seeds, great satisfaction seeing them sprout out, have been caught out with frost killing them off, but they have sprouted out again in the spring and gone on growing. Thanks for interesting lens.

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      caffimages 6 years ago

      Great idea. I love growing things from seed and these seeds are free after you've eaten!

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      Renaissance Woman 7 years ago from Colorado

      You have given me some great ideas. I would not have thought to root a pineapple, etc. Trying to get some avocados started at the moment. Enjoyed this lens. Congrats on your blessing! :-)

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      shandigp 7 years ago

      Great way to make sure you grow what you're really going to eat, too, because to have the seeds in this way you have to have eaten its fruit!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I used to try this with seeds all the time when I was a kid, but I didn't really know what I was doing. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. And you've inspired me to try this again, many years later. I've been tossing out avocado seeds for a long time, but next time I'm going to follow your directions and try to start a plant (or two or three). Thanks for the great info!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      This was great! We mostly keep our plants on the balcony, tomatoes and herbs. To sow seeds and watch the whole process is great for us all.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      This looks like so much fun - not just boring seeds out of a packet! Beans grow really well from your own seed and I regularly get tomatoes and pumpkins coming up in my compost heap :-) Your lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

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      lilymom24 7 years ago

      Nice little lens and its giving me some inspiration on new things to plant with the kids help. =)

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great lens, I would love to grow pineapples... mmm!

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      Miss_Organic 7 years ago

      How fun! I love to grow things from seeds that I got from foods at the grocery store. We tried an avocado once but never got it to grow. We will have to try it again. My favorite is sweet potatoes. I have never gotten any sweet potatoes, but it makes a pretty vine.

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      Johanneh 8 years ago

      Hi Jolyne

      Love the new site!