Introducing … Gourmet Nut Trees to Grow in Containers
Most nut trees grow too tall when planted in the ground to ever fit in an indoor space. Typically, nut trees top out at 25 to 30 feet, making container growing a bit prohibitive (unless you’ve got really high ceilings!)
Some varieties of nut trees are better suited for growing in a container. The general idea of successfully growing a nut tree in a container is to have your tree outdoors during the warmer months and inside in the winter.
The best nut tree for container growing is the Pink Flowering Almond. Whether it’s planted in a container or the ground it tops out at four to five feet in height …
The tree gets its name from the bi-color pink blooms that appear every spring. They’re really beautiful! During the warmer months, the Pink Flowering Almond offers lush green foliage that turn a vibrant yellow in autumn …
The biggest problem is actually finding these trees in garden centers or online. They’re made in very limited quantities – we will continually search our growers and contacts and update this page if we find a suitable source.
Indoor Almond Tree Care
These trees offer an added bonus of being very resilient and easy to care for. They deal well with drought, so if you tend to be a forgetful waterer, this is the tree for you!
Ideally, you’ll want to water a Pink Flowering Almond tree weekly. Water until the water drains through the container drainage holes at the bottom, indicating water has gotten through to all the soil. Make sure you don’t water too frequently. The best way to tell is to check the soil and be sure that it is completely dry a few inches down. If it’s still moist, wait a day or two and check again …
While these trees are hardy and resistant to frost damage, we recommend bringing the container indoors when night time temperatures start getting below 45 degrees. Place them in a sunny window that gets ample afternoon sun (preferably). They tend to like dry, arid conditions, so don’t worry too much about humidity as you would with an indoor citrus tree.
These trees last for many years, even decades! And almonds are notable for their health benefits, they are cholesterol free and contain healthy “good fat”.
Other Indoor Nut Trees
Macadamia nut trees and cashew nut trees are two other trees that can possibly grow in containers, but frankly you’re best off with a smaller almond tree as noted above. The principle is actually the same though, grow these trees in a container on your sunny patio, and bring them indoors in the colder months.
The cashew tree tends to grow quickly, although in a container it’ll top out at about eight feet. You’ll start seeing cashews within two years or less (but be sure to roast them before eating) and the tree offers green and red blooms that make for a real focal point whether inside or on the patio.
Interestingly, the cashew nut itself is a seed of a larger fruit which looks kind of like a pear. It’s a golden reddish color, and at the bottom hangs a cashew nut in a shell. The fruit is used to make preserves, cashew butter, and in some cultures wine.
The macadamia tree has similar characteristics. It can be planted in a large container, kept outdoors during the warmer months, and brought indoors for the winter. In a container, it too will be limited height-wise to about ten feet, although when planted in groves outdoors a macadamia tree reaches 30+ feet.
Most people think of the macadamia tree as being synonymous with Hawaii, but it’s actually native to Australia. These trees do best with lots of sunlight and ample watering.
For more tropical fruit trees, check out this article..
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