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3 Fruit Trees You Can Grow In Your Home

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May 23, 2017 / Modern Australian / By
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If you love cooking you surely know the delight that comes from having your own vegetables and fruits. While when looking at spices and veggies we all know that there are many options available for the home grown stock, few people know that various fruits can also be grown indoors. Unfortunately, most fruit trees require specific conditions that are not possible in a regular home. However, with some proper knowledge you can take advantage of some fruits grown inside your living room or any other room of the home.


Do not opt for the decorative fiddleleaf if you want fruits from your fig tree. The small cultivar options like Negro Largo will tolerate heavy pruning, can thrive inside the home and will be self-pollinating. The chosen pot is based on how productive and large the tree becomes. You want to water fig trees one timer per week and pruning is possible when the fruit reaches the desired size.

The inedible fig trees will be really good in sunlight that is indirect but the edible types will have to get a lot of bright light. Northern exposure is normally ideal. Fig trees hate cold weather so make sure you stay away from windows or doors.

Limes And Lemons

Dwarf options are the best to grow limes and lemons indoors. Opt for self-pollinating versions like the Meyer Lemon or the Kaffir Lime. The crops will be quick and sizes are manageable. You will need slightly acidic soil for all citrus trees. Air moisture should be as high as 50%. Environment simulation is possible when you regularly splash water with a simple spray bottle. Before you water, the soil needs to be fully dry.

Much sunlight will be needed for lemons and limes. Perfect sunlight exposure should be of 8 to 12 hours daily. Try to put the trees in the spot that is the sunniest in your home. The ideal setting is a room that has double exposure (for instance, East and South). Outdoor space is also pretty good for some months during balmy summers.


Olive trees are prolific and self-pollinating. The do not need much care when looking at the other fruit bearing trees but you need to be a little careful to buy with care. Most of the olive trees you buy in shops are ornamental. They are not going to fruit and are used just for decoration purposes. We recommend Arbequina or Picholine.

You only have to water the olive tree when one inch of soil is dried out in the top of the pot. During winters and autumns olives “rest” so even less water is needed. Olive trees require a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day.

Your Favorite?

Fruit trees are a great addition to a home and you can also eat what they produce. This is an obvious extra benefit that most people love. The problem in many cases is that people just do not know that fruit trees can be grown indoors. The 3 above are proof of that. Many others can be considered. Do you have a favourite fruit tree that you grow indoors? Let us know through a comment.


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