12 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Indoors

If you love fresh fruit but live in a climate that isn’t friendly to most fruit trees, this post is for you! We’ve compiled a list of fruit trees that will do best if you put them outside during the warm months, but can definitely be grown indoors with proper care. You’ll need lots of light, good air circulation, the right kind of soil mix, and the appropriate fertilizer. So if you dream of homemade marmalade or just want some limes for your G&T, read on!

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Meyer Lemon

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.

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Calamondin Orange

The × Citrofortunella microcarpa is a hardy citrus that does especially well indoors. It’s an excellent choice for a first foray into growing fruit trees in your home. Pot slightly larger to let it develop good roots, using a slightly acidic, loamy, fast draining soil. Water when top inch or so of potting mix is dry. Give them several hours of direct sun every day. If you choose to move your tree outside for the summer, acclimate it to the outdoor environment in spring after the danger of frost — and make sure to bring them inside before the danger of frost in fall! You can fertilize during spring and summer with a citrus-specific formula or a slow-release fertilizer formulated for acid lovers.

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Goji Berries

The Lycium barbarum produces tiny, great tasting berries that are packed full of vitamins. These will need to be placed in a south facing window, or given a grow light so they receive enough sun. Goji trees are drought tolerant but they won’t tolerate wet feet, so let the potting mix dry out before watering again. To collect the berries, simply put a sheet under the pot, shake the plant so the berries fall onto the sheet, and collect your delicious bounty of amazing little berries!

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Dwarf Banana

The Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish' is a smaller version of the type of banana that you can pick up at your local supermarket. These tropical, big-leafed beauties need full sun, like from a south facing window, but not so scorching that their leaves burn. To make sure that do not burn, you can put a sheer curtain in front of your window if it is southern facing. Make sure to pot them in a fast draining potting mix with humus, and thoroughly water but never let them sit in water. Since these need more humidity than is found in a normal house, it is best to put these near a humidifier or sit them on a pebble tray.

Avocado

Persea americana are interesting trees that bear a delicious and amazing fruit that has multiple uses. Guacamole, anyone? They’re a commonly grown houseplant, generally from seed via a fruit purchased in a supermarket. The most common method that you will see someone growing these by seed, is by putting toothpicks in them to suspending them over a glass of water with the bottom half submerged. Put them where they can get at least six hours of sunlight (like in a south facing window), pot them in a fast draining potting mix, and don’t let them sit in water. Due to how large these trees grow, you will most likely need to prune them and possibly use a stake to support their weight, but trust us, it’s worth it!

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Mulberry Tree

The Morus nigra 'Dwarf Everbearing' produces sweet berries that resemble a small blackberry. Like most of the trees on this list, these need a south facing window, or as much light as you can give them. Keep in mind that Mulberry trees are very fast growing plants — despite being labelled a dwarf variety, they can grow up to six feet. Unless you want a larger indoor tree, pruning will be necessary to keep them manageable, but remember never to prune away all of the new growth.

Kumquat

The Citrus japonica is an interesting little citrus fruit that you eat whole. Yep — fruit and peel! In fact, the fruit of a Kumquat is actually incredibly sour while the peel is very sweet with a strong citrus flavor. You just pop a whole one of these amazing tiny fruits into your mouth and eat them that way. Grow these as you would grow any citrus indoors, as much sunlight as you can give them and higher humidity. When your Kumquat is young, make sure to pinch back some growth tips so the plant is bushier and sturdier, which will help when it bears fruit.

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Apricot Tree

The Prunus armeniaca 'Goldcot' is one of several varieties of dwarf apricot tree that do well indoors. Give it a large pot, slightly acidic loamy well-draining potting mix, water when top inch or so of soil is dry. Make sure to thoroughly water apricot trees, and by that I mean to water until you see the excess dripping out of the bottom of the pot. These trees that bear delicious fruits, also will give you a showy display of gorgeous little flowers in the springtime. Also, they are a popular flowering tree to bonsai, and given their height, they react well to pruning. Give it the brightest light you can when indoors, and move it out outside in the spring and summer — just remember to bring it inside before the danger of frost in the fall.

Fig Tree

The Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' is a prolific producer of delicious sweet fruit that is almost like candy. These like a lot of sunlight, so place them in a south facing window, or supplement them with an LED grow light. Although they can tolerate drought for short periods of time, it is best to not let their potting medium fully dry out — on the other hand, do not let them sit in water. Just remember to check the potting mix periodically by either using a moisture meter, sticking a finger into the potting mix, or by lifting the pot and judging by the weight.

Key Lime

The Citrus × aurantiifolia adds a touch of lush, tropical foliage to any home and produces petite sour fruits. If you’re growing an avocado tree too, adding a lime tree gives you two of the ingredients for making your own guacamole! We’re big on guacamole here. These little trees will enjoy a southern exposure window. Give them a well-draining, slightly acidic potting mix, and be sure your container has adequate drainage.

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Olive Tree

The Olea europaea 'Arbequina' is a gorgeous tree that’s leaves almost look dainty. These light a lot of light, but not direct sun as it will burn the leaves. Since these come from a dry climate, it is best to let the soil dry out fully before watering. Also, Olive Trees do not need the higher humidity like the other trees on this list, which makes them a bit easier to care for. You may need to prune your Olive tree if you don’t have six feet of vertical space available where you plan to put one.

Peach Tree

Prunus persica ‘Golden Glory’ is a “natural dwarf” variety that works well in a home or on a patio. Choose a larger container with adequate drainage — pots with multiple drainage holes are ideal. Give your peach tree loamy, compost soil and a spot with as much light as you can. Outdoors they prefer full sun, and appreciate six or more hours of it a day! You may need to supplement with grow lights in winter.

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