7 fruit trees that you can grow in your living room


Posted on Dec. 26, 2016

Плодові дерева

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants. But what about in between?

If you are looking for an indoor plant that is both decorative and edible, look to the world of fruit trees. While many grow to be enormous in the wild there are a number of dwarf plants that will do just fine in your living room. Proper care and conditions are extra important if you want an indoor fruit tree to prosper.

Figs

Плодові дерева 1

Fruit
If you want a fig tree that fruits choose a small cultivar like Brown Turkey, which tolerates heavy pruning, is self-pollinating, and can thrive indoors. They will sprout pretty oblong leaves.

Planting and Care
The size of the pot you choose will factor into how large and productive your tree becomes (opt for a larger planter for more fruit, smaller if you need the fig tree to stay small). Water it about once a week, until it comes out of the drainage holes, and prune when it reaches the size you want.

Habitat
While inedible fig trees do fine in indirect sunlight, edible cultivars will need to be positioned in bright light. Keep it away from drafty doors and windows.

Lemons and Limes

Плодові дерева 2

Плодові дерева 3

Fruit
If you want to grow lemons and limes inside, opt for a dwarf cultivar that self- pollinates—like Meyer Lemon (which doesn't require as much heat to ripen the fruit) or Kaffir Lime; they will yield the quickest crop and the plant will stay a manageable size.

Planting and Care
The best soil for growing healthy citrus trees is slightly acidic and loam-based (meaning 2:2:1 sand to silt to clay). They also like lots of moisture in the air (up to 50% humidity), but you can simulate that environment by spritzing them regularly. Let the soil fully dry out before watering.

Habitat
No surprise here: Citrus plants need a whole lot of sunlight (8 to 12 hours of it every day). Place your tree in the sunniest spot you have. Bring your citrus trees outside for a few summer month (balcony or patio, if present).

Olives

Плодові дерева 4

Fruit
Self-pollinating and prolific, olive trees do not require much care compared to other fruit trees. When shopping for an indoor olive tree, keep in mind that many cultivars are purely ornamental, meaning they will not fruit, but there are great indoor varieties that will: Arbequina or a Picholine.

Planting and Care
Indoor olive trees need only be watered when the top inch of soil has dried out, and less in fall and winter.

Habitat
An olive tree needs at least 6 hours of solid sunlight each day. Place it near a sunny, south-facing window (but not too close or the leaves will frizzle).

Avocados

Плодові дерева 5

Fruit

To be clear, it is very very tough to get an indoor avocado tree to fruit but it is not impossible. Naturally small trees—like Wurtz, Gwen, and Whitsell—are your best bet.

Planting and Care
Add some sand to the bottom of a pot and fill in with regular potting mix, and water it regularly without letting the soil get sopping wet.

Habitat
Warm-season plants, avocados like lots of bright light. Place it right in line with a south-facing window.

Bananas

Плодові дерева 6

Fruit
Some banana trees produce edible fruit while others produce fruit you can not eat—and
again you will want to get a dwarf plant—such as Super Dwarf Cavendish or Dwarf Red, so that it does not grow too huge.

Planting and Care
Your banana tree's soil should be light and peat-y; fertilize it monthly. They like lots of water due to their enormous leaves, but you will want to let the soil dry out fully between waterings. The leaves can be misted to simulate a humid climate.

Habitat
Lots of bright indirect sunlight is best, so set it up near a southern-facing exposure if possible. Rotate the plant periodically so that all sides get light.

Mulberries

Плодові дерева 7

Fruit
Yet again, you will want to opt for a dwarf mulberry tree such as Dwarf Everbearing if you are growing it indoors. The fruit of a mulberry tree should be picked as soon as it is ripe.

Planting and Care
Regular potting soil works fine, as will regular watering. Mulberry trees are slow-growing and like roomy pots.

Habitat
A warm, bright, sunny space is best for your mulberry tree.