Do you know how easy it is to grow your very own citrus fruit indoors? And now, indoor fruit trees have gone beyond lemons, limes, and oranges. Let’s take a look at several new varieties now available …
If you’ve never owned and indoor fruit tree, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to care for. Since they’re container plants, their root structure isn’t as far reaching as a normal tree you’d see outdoors. Since they only require limited space, they tend to do quite well with only basic care.
You may be acquainted with traditional varieties of these trees, which usually grow to about three or four feet tall at full maturity. There’s the Meyer lemon, dwarf lime, and orange, all of which bring a fresh tropical fragrance to your home.
Recently, several new varieties of indoor citrus trees have been introduced. Because indoor citrus trees are generally hardy and fun to grow, their popularity is increasing. Gardeners from beginners to experts are having great success growing citrus indoors. Here’s a peek at the new types of trees that may interest you or someone you know …
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 Olive Trees
Though technically not a citrus plant, indoor olive trees are the latest addition to the indoor fruit tree selection …
Indoor olive trees thrive beautifully in containers and will produce fresh and healthy olives all year around. These beautiful small trees are shipped in their own container, just like all the trees on this page. You can expect to yield about 20 pounds of olives per year at minimum!
Indoor olive trees will also appreciate spending time outdoors during the warm summer months, as they thrive in a Mediterranean climate. They are remarkably disease and pest free, so there’s very little to worry about in terms of care, other than providing ample sun and watering per instructions.
Indoor Clementine Trees
This is one of the most beautiful indoor trees available … the indoor clementine tree …
Clementines are especially popular due to their sweet and slightly tart taste. Plus, they’re practically seedless and extremely easy to peel (even a young child can peel a clementine with ease!).
This prolific little grower will top out at about three feet and will supply you with many pounds of sweet fresh fruit throughout the year. It is very easy to grow and needs no special care.
Citrus Three In One
If you can’t decide which fruit you like best, this tree is for you. Topping off at four feet tall but yielding full size fruit, this unique variety gives you a crop of lemons, oranges, and tangerines from one tree!
Like most indoor citrus trees, it is easy to care for. The only basic requirements are several hours of direct sunlight per day and frequent watering. We like to mist our indoor fruit trees as it increases the humidity level and they seem to respond well. Plus, misting tends to ward off any pests like fruit flies that might be attracted to the 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.
Dwarf Fig Tree
One of the least known varieties of container trees arguably yields the sweetest, most delicious fruit! These beautiful dwarf fig trees are a fig lovers dream …
Topping out at about six feet, dwarf fig trees are slightly different than most indoor fruit trees. The main difference is if at all possible, you’ll want this tree to spend as much time as possible outdoors and bring it in during the cold months.
Dwarf fig trees can be planted in the ground or in containers. If the temperature ever gets down toward zero degrees where you live, we don’t recommend planting a fig tree in the ground. They are native to Mediterranean climates and in the United States tend to thrive on the southern west coast and other temperate areas …
Hardiness zones for the dwarf fig tree is listed as Zones 4 to 10, but Zone 5 definitely receives harsh winter weather. With that said, it will thrive in a container (a large tub actually) if it’s placed in a sunny exposure and then taken outdoors as soon as the weather consistently warms up. The tree is self pollinating, but in talking to friends who have owned these dwarf fig trees, they tend to do better in pairs.
The fruit itself from these trees is full size and is perfect for eating fresh or including in cookie and cake recipes. You can expect the tree to yield ample crops of fruit within two years …
Indoor Pepper Tree
This handsome plant is one of our absolute favorite varieties … if you like peppers for stir frys, tacos, salads, or any other dish, take a look at this indoor pepper plant. This prolific little grower tops off at less than 2 feet high and yields several dozen “finger style” peppers of varying colors. The peppers themselves have a taste similar to a bell pepper … not hot or burning. This is a brand new variety that is becoming extremely popular due to it’s easy care and abundant yield!
With the overwhelming popularity of this healthy fruit, it was just a matter of time before an indoor pomegranate tree was developed. This tree also tops out at four feet but tends to be wider than the others mentioned above.
The pomegranates are sweet and juicy, with a unique purple tinged color. The tree itself is hardy and drought resistant.
One Key Care Tip
All three of these trees will appreciate being outside during the warmer months. A sunny patio or balcony is perfect. Further, even though these trees are self pollinating, an outdoor visit from pollinating birds and insects will help in the long run.
Other than that, care is minimal. Watering, misting, a sunny location and good soil are about the only requirements.
In addition to normal varieties, indoor fruit trees are now available for pineapples, pomegranates, and a specialty three in one combination.
They make a fragrant, handsome addition to any living space in your home and are suprisingly affordable. Most of these trees cost under $20. They are easy to care for, and you will surely appreciate the pride of growing your very own fruit!
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