One of the most popular new trends in gardening is growing indoor fruit and citrus trees. These small trees grow in containers and are specifically bred to grow indoors. Let’s take a look at ten varieties of indoor fruit trees and a little information about each…
Caring for an Indoor Fruit Tree
If you are concerned these trees will be high maintenance, don’t worry. They are actually quite hardy and apapt well to almost any environment.
The key is giving them enough sunlight. Place them in an area where they will get about six hours of sunlight per day, preferably a southern or western exposure.
Water your tree once a week or when the soil is on the dry side of moist. Also, since fruit trees in general like humid conditions, mist them with tepid water from a spray bottle two or three times weekly.
Although it’s not required, these trees will enjoy being outdoors in the warm summer months. A patio or balcony is a perfect spot. Most of these varieties are self pollinating but being outdoors will let bees and other insects do the job.
Here are ten varieties of indoor fruit trees for your home:
This is perhaps the most popular variety. This tree will top out at about four feet and produce lemons that are sweeter than those you will find at the grocery store, and just about the same size too.
Topping out at three feet or so, this tree produces two crops per year of small, tart key limes, perfect for recipes and to add to drinks.
Several varieties of dwarf orange trees are available, including blood oranges, navel, and juice oranges. Most are seedless and we find the oranges to be sweeter than those you can buy.
This tree tops out at four feet and is quite prolific. We particularly like the lush green foliage and the natural, tropical scent from the blossoms.
With pomegranates all the rage for their numerous health benefits, it was just a matter of time before an indoor pomegranate tree became available. It produces fruit the same size as normal pomegranates, with a softer, juicier, and sweeter flesh.
Citrus Three in One
If you can’t decide which tree or trees you want, try this variety. It produces lemons, oranges, and tangerines all on one tree! It tops off at four feet and the fruit is full sized.
The grapefruit from this tree is slightly smaller, with a pinkish flesh. The fruit is seedless and less tart than traditional grapefruit.
This fast growing specimen will grow five to six feet tall and produce six inch bananas within two years. The tree has big, deep green textured leaves which really adds an element of the tropics to your home.
This drought resistant small tree bears pineapples that are more fleshy, without the woody center of store bought pineapples.
An exotic looking specimen that grows only three feet tall, the dwarf papaya tree is a fast grower that produces fruit within a year.
More and more options are available for those who want to grow their own fruit indoors. These hardy indoor fruit trees are ideal for any living space and will thrive with only minimal care. Further, they are quite inexpensive, with most varieties costing less than $20.
Perfect for beginning and expert gardeners alike, indoor fruit trees are the perfect addition to any living space. Their gentle fragrant scent serves as a natural air freshener and adds a touch of the tropics to any living space. To see all the different varieties you can buy, visit us today at: http://www.squidoo.com/indoorfruittrees
Photo. Debra Roby