In addition to the more well known indoor fruit trees like lemon and lime, quite a few tropical indoor fruit trees have been introduced recently. In fact, there aren’t many fruits that don’t offer an indoor tree variety!
While it’s not an absolute requirement that any of the trees on this page spend time outdoors in the warmer months, we recommend it. Generally, the tree will appreciate some outdoor time, and fruit yields will tend to be greater. But, if this is impractical for you, don’t worry! As long as you supply your indoor fruit tree with ample sunlight and adequate humidity levels, you’ll experience success.
There are eight distinct varieties of what we’ll call tropical indoor fruit trees available, they are kumquat, pineapple, banana, papaya, mango, guava, strawberry guava, and pineapple guava.
Indoor Kumquat Tree
We’re delighted to introduce you to the latest variety of indoor citrus tree – the indoor kumquat tree (pictured). If you’re unfamiliar with kumquats, you’ll love their super sweet taste and delicious flavor!
Kumquats are a tropical fruit that are unique because the sweetest part of the fruit is the edible skin (that’s right, you can eat the skin!). They’re fairly small, fitting easily into the palm of your hand, and make a perfect and very healthy snack. The indoor kumquat tree is very prolific and you’ll find yourself enjoying fresh kumquats practically year around!
The indoor kumquat tree will thrive in a container placed in a sunny window and is cared for similarly to other indoor citrus tree varieties. Your tree will appreciate spending the warmer months on a sunny patio before being placed back indoors during the fall and winter. The tree will withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees, but we recommend bringing it back indoors before the first frost.
You can get an indoor kumquat tree shipped directly to you in either a 1-2 foot size or 3-4 foot size. The only difference is price (the 3-4 foot size is more mature and therefore a bit more expensive but will yield fruit faster). The indoor kumquat tree will grow to a height of approximately 7-8 feet and will literally last for years and years.
Indoor Pineapple Plant
You’ll love the pineapples this tree yields. The fruit is sweet, soft, and fleshy, without the hard, woody center you get from pineapples from your grocer. The tree tops out at four to five feet and you can expect fruit within a year. This particular variety is more drought resistant than most, but we still recommend watering it twice a week and augmenting with misting.
This beautiful dwarf banana plant is perfect for your patio or a sunny indoor room and really brings a touch of the tropics to your living space.
The actual name of this plant is the Dwarf Musa Banana. You can expect it to top out at 5-6 feet, with handsome deep green foliage. The indoor banana plant yields full size bananas about five inches long within about two years.
Indoor Papaya Tree
This dwarf indoor papaya tree is one of our favorite choices for those with limited space , the tree grows to only about three feet tall but yields full size fruit! You can expect at least a dozen pounds of fruit per year, and more as the tree matures.
Indoor papaya trees love sun, so you’ll want to place your tree in a window that receives ample light. This tree also enjoys humidity, so mist it often with tepid water from a spray bottle.
Indoor Mango Tree
Mangos are one of the healthiest fruits of all, and this container mango tree provides a bumper crop of ultra fresh tropical fruit.
The indoor mango tree tends to grow quickly, although somewhat less so in containers. When planted in the ground, mango trees typically top out at 30 feet, but barely half that in a container. You can easily keep their height to 8-10 feet with pruning.
This tree typically takes at least two years to fruit, but even while waiting for fruit to arrive you’ll still enjoy a very good looking tree. Fruit yield typically takes place in mid summer and the fruit will ripen to an orange-reddish color.
Indoor Guava Trees
The beautiful indoor guava tree offers not only a surprisingly bountiful crop of fruit throughout the year, but stunning white and yellow blossoms in spring and early summer. The indoor guava will grow to a mature height of about ten feet, but pruning can easily contain the growth to a few feet less without harming it whatsoever.
Care for the indoor guava is quite easy; bring it outdoors in the warm months if possible and water once weekly and keep the soil on the dry side of moist. The fruit itself grows to about 4 inches long and is oval in shape. When the fruit is ripe you can eat it like a peach, rind and all! The inner fruit is a cream colored white and pleasantly sweet, great for snacking or added to salads.
Two additional types of indoor guava trees are available; the strawberry-guava and the pineapple-guava. The fruit is the same shape and length as regular guavas, but the flavor is different. In fact the guavas taste more like strawberries and pineapples than actual guavas – an interesting taste sensation!
Grown in containers, both these varieties will grow to 3-4 feet tops. They bloom in the summer and do best in as much full sun as possible. The fruit takes about 90 days to ripen on the tree, so be patient for best results.
You can fertilize these trees twice a month in spring and early summer with a citrus tree fertilizer per package instructions. You can expect ample fruit in about two years.