Over the past few years, all sorts of fascinating new indoor fruit tree varieties have been introduced. The very first indoor citrus trees were dwarf lemon trees, but the selection has expanded significantly.
Indoor fruit trees are developed by plant experts who create specimens designed to grow in containers that top out at lesser heights than standard trees. Once these experts figured out the general botanical formula to accomplish this, they began branching out into different types of fruit plants.
These small trees still prefer a few months outdoors in the warmer months, but they thrive quite well in containers indoors when their basic care needs are met. These aren’t fussy or high maintenance trees, but they do need ample sunlight, humidity, and a reasonably consistent watering schedule.
If you’ve got a sunny window and can maintain a watering schedule, you can grow indoor fruit trees. You can always supplement humidity levels by misting the tree every other day or so (they love this!).
5 Exotic Indoor Fruit Trees
Here are five relatively new fruit tree varieties you can grow indoors in a container. Some of these fruits are hard to find on a grocery store on a consistent basis, so they’re really worthwhile to grow at home.
If any of these trees interest you, contact us via our Contact form and we’ll steer you toward a good source!
We’ll tell you a little bit about each, including a little background on the fruit itself:
Clementines are about the same size as small juice oranges, but they’ve got one big advantage – they’re virtually seedless! Their other distinguishing characteristic (other than being really juicy and delicious) is their somewhat loose skin. You can practically “pinch” the skin and it peels very easily. We have a friend who owns one of these trees based on our recommendation as an easy-to-grow small tree and a prolific producer. The tree produces fruit in the winter and another crop in the summer, so yes, it is indeed prolific!
All she does to care for her clementine tree is water it once a week, keep it by her sunny back window, mist it every few days, and apply some citrus tree fertilizer six months out of the year. Her tree has never had a pest problem. These trees are known for being ultra hardy and pest resistant.
These trees are a little hard to find. But when you do find one, a two foot tall specimen usually runs about $60.
Nagami Kumquat Tree
Kumquats are unique in that the sweetest part of the fruit is the skin! In fact, it’s recommended to eat the skin separately from the inner fruit to really enjoy the sweet texture of the skin.Kumquats are really small, so small that you can easily pop one into your mouth, skin and all, for a delicious snack. The kumquat tree does very well by a sunny window in a container. It will appreciate some time outdoors, but is very low maintenance, with the key care factors being sun, humidity, and regular watering but not too much.
Kumquats themselves are very healthy to eat. They’re excellent as dried fruit, or used as a marinade or in any recipe calling for citrus. They’re sweet, with a bit of a tartness, making them perfect for jam and marmalade.
Kumquat trees usually cost about $60 for a 2-3 foot specimen. They tend to bloom in mid summer with fragrant white blooms that serve as a natural air freshener. The fruit is ready to pick in late winter – the perfect time for a tropical flavored snack!
Blood Orange Tree
Blood oranges are another unique fruit – their name describes their appearance perfectly, as shown.
They’re are crimson colored, but at the same time blood oranges offer the sweetest taste of any orange. Their aftertaste is reminiscent of a strawberry.
The tree itself produces full size blood oranges, which are about the same size as standard oranges you’d see in the grocery store. They grow well in containers and when grown in this manner will top out at about eight feet.
Like all indoor citrus trees, they love lots of sunlight, humidity, and reasonably regular watering. The blood orange tree is another hardy specimen, they’re almost always pest free and don’t need any special care.
A small blood orange tree for your home will generally run about $50, and they pay for themselves in no time!
Owari Satsuma Tree
So what is a satsuma? Well, this fruit with the unique sounding name is often confused with a clementine, and as you can see by the picture, it’s easy to see why…
But satsumas really aren’t clementines, they’re a type of orange. Mandarin, actually. Surprisingly, they’re the most cold tolerant orange tree available anywhere! They can even withstand occasional temperature drops to 20 degrees (although we don’t recommend it!).
Satsuma trees are very hardy, and if you’re a person who forgets to water, this tree is for you! They like to dry out in between waterings, so even a nice long two week vacation won’t cause any harm.
These trees are shipped after fruiting once, and because they’re a little bigger when shipped, they cost just a bit more. They’ll usually run in the $70 range. You’ll fall in love with their fruit yield though!
Calamondin Orange Tree
Calamondins are a type of orange you don’t hear a whole lot about. They are natives of China and the fruit itself is rather small – about the size of a large lime or a small tangerine. The tree does very well in a container and usually blooms and fruits a couple times yearly!
Most of the fruit production will occur in summer through late fall. Because the fruit is small, expect a large harvest! You’ll want to pick the fruit when it’s half ripe and let it ripen off the vine. It’s a good idea to do it this way because the fruit can take a year to ripen on the vine, and there’s a danger of fruit drop and over ripening if it’s left on the vine that long. When the fruit isn’t quite ripe but looks full size, harvest, let it ripen, and enjoy!
Calamondins are a “super fruit” because they offer so many beneficial health properties. Grow them at home with your own indoor tree, they’ll typically run about $70 or so.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about all these unique exotic fruit trees you can grow at home indoors. There’s nothing like growing and picking your own fresh fruit off a tree!
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