Here is a list of 5 best indoor fruit trees and a step-by-step guide on how to grow them. For most people an indoor garden is about creating an edible container of herbs or micro greens in a corner of a room or on a window sill. However, for more adventurous souls, with some planning and helpful steps, it is possible to grow a larger fruit tree in your home and enjoy the double benefits of partaking of the sweet fruit as well as adding a beautiful lush green decor to your rooms.
Indoor Lemon Tree
Wealthy European estates as far back as the 17th century had orangeries, greenhouses used for overwintering citrus trees and other delicate plants. But you don’t need a fancy solarium or any special equipment to produce a respectable crop of citrus – just a sunny window and a little patience.
Lemon trees planted outside, can reach over 20 ft in height. However, as Happy Home DIY rightly points out – a lemon tree may be grown to maturity in a container indoors. Just make sure, the lemon tree should be a dwarf variety.
How To Buy A Dwarf Lemon Tree
Purchasing a plant from a nursery is the easiest way to get a new lemon tree rather than growing them from seed since lemon plants growing from cuttings or seed can take many years to mature and bear fruit. Most plant nurseries sell dwarf varieties that are two or three years old.
How To Select The Right Pot For A Lemon tree
Fill a small pot with a fresh potting mix. Selecting the right pot is key. Good drainage is key. The pot should be clean and have plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. Adding a layer of crocks or small pebbles to the bottom of the pot helps to further improve drainage. It is a good idea to re-pot your plant soon after purchase. Nursery plants can be allowed to sit in nutrient poor soil or pots that are too small.
Most young, nursery purchased plants start off in a pot about 12 inches in diameter. As the plant grows regularly repot, gradually increasing the size of the pot each time. Eventually the final pot will be twice the size, in both depth and width, of the original pot.
How To Water the Lemon Tree
Water well and apply a plant feed such as a plant starter. A fertilizer rich in vitamin B1 helps to reduce transplant shock while also introducing nutrients to the soil.
How To Choose A Location for the Lemon Tree
A large south facing window is the ideal spot for an indoor lemon tree. Alternatively place it in a sunroom. The plant should receive about 8 hours of sunlight every day. If you are unable to provide enough natural light, grow lights are a great source of artificial light.
A list of the 5 best indoor fruit trees might not normally include growing hops indoors, since this is a large plant, and most often only grown in large, sprawling outdoor orchards. Nevertheless it is possible to grow this plant indoors if one is ready to follow specific instructions.
With the popularity of home brewing and craft beers on the rise, an increasing number of home gardeners are interested in growing their own hops at home. Growing hops indoors should be considered more of an experiment and indoor gardening adventure than anything else.
How To Select A Location And Container For Hops
Hops plants take up a lot of room once it starts growing, so you need to select a location next to a window where it will get a lot of sunlight. The container should be at least 20 inches in diameter and have good drainage. Next, fill the container with planting mix. Then, insert stakes that are six- to eight-feet tall because hops is a climbing plant.
Hops grow over 20-feet tall — and can grow a foot per day at their peak. So your hops plants will outgrow your garden stakes. So once that happens, you can either train them to grow upwards and along the window frame. Alternatively, you could let them dangle back down to the floor once they have reached the top of the stake.
Technically it is possible to grow a hops plant from seed, but since there are both male and female hops plants – and since only the females produce flowers, growing from seed means you will only have a 50 percent chance that the plant will produce that critical ingredient for home-brewing. A better plan is to purchase female rhizomes from a nursery.
How To Water and Feed Hops
Hops tend to be hungry and thirsty, so be prepared to water and fertilize them regularly. Do not to overwater when the plants are young, as this can cause root rot. Also, if you are growing hops indoors, the limited size of the container means that they will eat up the nutrients faster. So in order to counter this, use a slow-release granular fertilizer. Water daily or whenever the soil becomes dry.
How To Use Hops
The most popular use for hops cones is for the bitter flavor that it gives to beer. But this plant has a number of other uses that you might want to explore. Hops shoots may be eaten as a vegetable. The cones also may be brewed into a tea – a popular home remedy for insomnia.
To know if your hops flowers are ready for harvesting, do the pinch test. The hops should have a somewhat papery feel to them and should be starting to turn slightly brown. You may use your hops right away or store them in the fridge or freezer. If you notice that your plant has additional unwanted shoots, you can cut these back and even eat them. Hops shoots are a delicacy in Europe. They can be enjoyed raw or sautéed with butter.
Indoor Fig Trees
There are many varieties, and most figs are simple to grow and care for. The most common indoor fig is the Negro Largo. It bears fruit, and is a decorative plant to enhance your home. What’s more, it adds a little exotic or tropical touch during the long months of winter
How To Choose The Container For The Fig Tree
Choose a planter with holes for drainage in the bottom. A variety of pots or containers can be used for the indoor fig. Wood, ceramic and clay pots may be used. The soil needs to be a light type, and not too rich.
How To Select The Soil For The Fig
A mix of compost, builder’s sand and vermiculite is good for drainage of your potted fig. Mulch can be added on top to help keep it moist. Add two inches of soil. Remove the fig tree from its small pot and place it in the new pot and fill with potting mix.
How to Select The Location Of The Fig Plant
Figs like sunlight and warmth, so the plant needs to be put in a warm, sunny place. It is not recommended to place the tree in direct sunlight,
How to Grow The Indoor Fig Tree
Water the fig plant until water comes out the draining holes. However, the fig plant should not be allowed to sit in extra water. You will need to water the fig tree at least once a week. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer, and once every two months in the fall and winter.
Some orange species can grow into a fairly large indoor orange tree, such as a dwarf species. According to Bob Villa the citrus species most suitable for indoor growing include the calamondin orange, which is the most common species grown indoors.
How to Select The Pot For The Indoor Orange Tree
The size and the growing conditions influence how large your indoor orange tree will grow. Dwarf varieties of oranges, will typically grow between 6 and 12 feet tall at maturity when outdoors, but they will be smaller in containers indoors. Be sure your container has drainage holes and it’s on a platform so the drainage holes are not blocked.
The Soil for The Indoor Orange Tree
Use well-draining soil such as a sandy loam. Position your tree beside a window with 8 to 12 hours of sunlight and good airflow. Water the tree regularly or as needed, but allow the soil to drain and dry between watering. Citrus trees hate standing water and become prone to diseases when soil remains soggy. Feed your tree with citrus-specific fertilizer that offers a balanced nutrient content and has a high amount of nitrogen.
Oranges are a favorite fruit throughout the world. You can eat oranges fresh or make a juice-drink from them. You can toss orange slices in a salad, or bake them in a cake. An orange tree Looks beautiful indoors and adds a citrusy aroma to your home.
How To Grow A Dwarf Mulberry Tree Indoors
Mulberries do not require much in the way of special care when growing them in pots. These are forgiving plants. Full sun exposure makes your mulberry happiest.
How to Choose The Right Soil For A Mulberry Tree
Mulberries are tolerant of a variety of soils but when potting them, it’s best to use a good quality potting medium amended with some nutrient rich compost. Allow the surface of the soil to dry between waterings and then saturate the soil.
How To Feed The Mulberry Tree
Feed the tree at regular intervals during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer, liquid seaweed or water with compost tea. Berries are formed on new growth. Mulberries have little to no issue with foliage or root diseases.
Hope you find this list of the 5 best indoor fruit trees, informative and easy to follow. Happy gardening….!!
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