If you are a fan of gardening or caring about plants that make your home happy, but you don’t have the conditions to do that in your home, especially if you live in an apartment or you have a house without a yard, you can still grow plants that produce fruits indoors. Not only that you will have something to try that you have been growing yourself, but the plants will also make your home more beautiful, acting like a décor that is actually alive.
Other than the regular plants that you can grow inside your home, you can also try to grow exotic fruits if the conditions let you do that. If not, you can still manage to grow them, but you will have to spend more time caring about them and give them the proper conditions like warmth, humidity, and enough water.
In this article, we will talk about some of the exotic fruits that you can grow inside your living space, having interesting fruits that you can find on the market at home, and having your area improved.
These 6 exotic fruits you can grow indoors.
The Citrus × meyeri is a well known indoor citrus tree that produces deliciously sweet lemons. These need a higher humidity level than is found in a typical home, so it would be a good idea to place them near a humidifier or put a pebble tray underneath the pot. They also prefer brighter light, so sit these babies next to a south facing window — or put them under a grow light. Citrus trees don’t have a dormancy phase, so they appreciate a lot of light year-round.
This tropical fruit is another one that can be grown inside your living space pretty easily. However, you should keep in mind that it can grow pretty tall, so if your ceiling is low, you may want to consider ordering a baby tree that grows a lot shorter than the original one while still producing fruits. If you don’t have the option of having the baby tree, you can cut the plant from the top to avoid growing bigger than you can maintain.
The growing process is the following, you get a developed garden seed and you transfer it to a big container or pot because it grows tall and the roots are big as well. You will need to have to match the earth inside the pot properly so it can grow with full potential. After that, all you will have to do is to water it properly and to expect the fruit to be grown in a year.
If you have seen how these trees look in nature, you can notice that they are pretty big, and you might wonder how can this tall tree fit inside your house. The gardening industry is pretty well developed, so you can find trees like this that grow only a meter or two that still produce fruit. The ground inside the pot is not really important, so you will not have to buy a special one for this tree because this plant is not as choosy as some other ones. After watering it regularly, and exposing it to the sun as much as you can, you can expect to develop fruits in a year or so.
You would think that fruit as large as pomegranate needs a lot of time to mature but you’d be wrong because it only takes 7 months to a year for it to be fully grown. And it’s not even that hard to grow pomegranate indoors if you set the right conditions. All you need to do is use a large container and fill it with nutrient-rich soil and mix it with 1/3 peat moss and 2/3 sand. Pomegranate doesn’t even need much water so you’ll just have to keep the soil barely damp during the warmer months and water it once a month in the colder months. Keep the room temperature between 50 and 60° F or 10 and 15° C during the night and 40°F or 4.5° C.
Also, if you want to stimulate growth and have your pomegranate mature a bit quicker, you can use a 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the season.
Calamondin orange trees are an especially easy fruit tree to grow indoors. The fruit is a cross between a kumquat and a mandarin orange. They are extra tangy, and their thin skins are super sweet. These would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a fun citrus for cooking. They prefer full sun.
Some tangerine varieties can also be purchased as dwarf stock. Again, look for a self-pollinating variety.
This fast-growing tropical American fruit tree starts blooming and producing quickly, and responds well to pruning, so it can be kept compact, making it one of the most popular container fruit trees. It features beautiful white flowers and fruits 2-4 inches in size, with colors varying from greenish white to yellow and pink. Flavors range from sweet to tart, and the guava fruit can be eaten fresh, juiced, or as preserves.