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Home Sweet Home – How to Grow Fruit Indoors!

I’ve always had luck with run-of-the-mill tropical houseplants, but I had no idea that growing fruit indoors would be just as easy! And there’s nothing like biting into fruit you’ve picked fresh off your plant…in early spring!

Dwarf Meyer Lemon  Fruit Tree - Gurney's Seed and NurseryBe Choosy

There are many small fruits that are available these days for growing in containers: peaches, pears, apples, cherries, and blueberries to name a few. And thanks to their small size, many dwarf-sized fruit trees make great house plants ― such as dwarf lemon, navel orange, lime, fig, and banana. Some varieties will not be cold-hardy in your area, but they can be brought indoors for the winter months.

Size Matters

Dwarf trees can grow to 8’ tall, but most will do well in containers and can be pruned to keep their height under control at 2-5’ tall. Some varieties may be hardy in your area and can be left in their containers outdoors year around, while others will need to be moved indoors for colder weather. (Tropical trees require 55-85°F.) Keep this in mind when choosing a pot and pruning your specimen. Larger pots and trees can get very heavy, and it is a good idea to invest in a platform with casters to help you move them around.

Lighten Up

Container trees require bright, indirect light, and lots of it. Fruit trees require as much as 8-12 hours of sunlight a day. This can often be a problem, especially during the shorter winter days. Luckily full-spectrum grow lights are readily available and easy to use.

Get Dirty

Most plants do well in light, fast-draining soil mix. However, it’s always a good idea to check your trees specific requirements for soil and fertilizer. Some plants, such as blueberries, prefer high-acid foods, while others do fine with basic all-purpose fertilizer. Test the soil by sticking your finger in about an inch to see if it needs water. If it’s dry, water. Otherwise, wait. Humidity is important though, so mist your tree regularly, especially in winter months.

In the video below, our leading horticultural expert Felix talks about how to care for your indoor citrus plant. He also shows how to get your citrus plant to produce more fruit by discussing the process of citrus pollination. Check it out!

1 comment to Home Sweet Home – How to Grow Fruit Indoors!

  • Bill

    I have been looking for instruction on the care and feeding of my dwarf Lemon tree. I purchaed it three years ago for Gurney and it is now about 24″ tall and about that diamiter. The folage is thin and it drops leaves. All the pictures I have seen in the Gardening books show a lush green shrub. I have half the leaves of the pictures. My tree blooms and then drop the bud, which means I am loosing fruit. Last year I got 6 great lemons. I am concerned I am doing something wrong. Oh yes, the pot is 16″ in diameter 12″ deep.
    Also, I have not pruned my tree and it does have branches that do not have leaves. The tree seems healthy but not lush with folage.
    Can someone advise me what I should do.
    Bill

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