Survival gardening can be accomplished indoors as well as outdoors. People who have limited outdoor space take to indoor gardening as a solution to provide fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables for their families. It is always a great feeling knowing you are providing the very best for yourself and your loved ones. The best way, in my opinion, to have success in growing certain fruits indoors is to grow fruit trees.
I have put together a list of my top five:
- Mandarin Oranges
I’ll also cover the complete care process for each fruit tree. Let’s get started!
The Best Fruit Trees To Grow Indoors
There is one variety of this fruit tree that is great for indoors. The Negro Largo fig flourishes best when planted in a large pot and placed in a well lit area of your home but, not in direct sunlight.
Adding compost 2-3 times during its growing season is recommended.
You should water your fig tree about once a week. Do not over saturate the soil but, water it until you see water come out of the drainage holes.
Room temperature plays an important role in the fig tree’s successful growth. 65-75 degrees fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for this variety of fig.
The dwarf variety of lemon trees are perfect for indoors. Buying a dwarf lemon tree that is already established is recommended. A large clay pot with adequate drainage will serve best for your lemon tree.
They need about 8-12 hours of sunlight per day. A sunroom or a screened in porch would be the perfect setting for your lemon tree.
They flourish best with a temperature of 60-85 degrees fahrenheit.
Water your lemon tree regularly (about 2-3 times a week) but, do not saturate the soil. They love moist air so keep a spray bottle handy and mist their leaves regularly. This will help keep the leaves nice and healthy.
Since mulberries are such a slow growing tree it is highly recommended that you buy a fully grown dwarf mulberry tree at your local nursery. Just to give you an idea of just how slow growing this berry is – it takes 10 years for a mulberry tree to produce fruit when grown from seed.
Your dwarf mulberry tree needs to be grown in a large pot and placed in a bright room with access to plenty of sunlight. A sunroom or a screened in porch is ideal for the mulberry tree.
They need about 1 inch of water a week for a healthy root system and fruit production.
The dwarf mandarin orange tree is best for indoors and should be planted in a large clay pot with adequate drainage. Purchasing an already established tree is recommended.
They flourish best with an indoor temperature of 60-80 degrees fahrenheit.
Like the dwarf lemon tree, your dwarf mandarin orange tree will need about 8-12 hours of sunlight a day. A sunroom or a screened in porch would be the perfect setting for your mandarin orange tree.
They need watering on a regular basis but, the key is to allow the soil to dry out a little bit between waterings. Do not saturate the soil. Also, like the dwarf lemon tree, misting the leaves regularly will help keep them nice and healthy.
This tree can grow quite large – up to 6 feet tall! Due to the fact the their root systems grow consistently with the height of the plant, if you notice the roots growing out of the drainage holes, it is time for a larger pot.
This tropical tree is also best grown in a large clay pot with adequate drainage. Papaya needs full sun and a consistent temperature of at least 65 degrees fahrenheit or more. A sunroom or screened in porch would be ideal but, a large window with plenty of light coming through will work as well.
Water your papaya about every 3-4 days. Do not saturate the soil. A layer of good quality mulch will help keep the moisture locked in and keep the roots at a consistent temperature.
This plant will grow between 1-2 feet tall and will produce fruit at about 6 months. At month 7 or 8, the fruit will be completely ripe and ready to eat. Buying an already established papaya tree can produce much quicker results, of course.
Do you grow fruit trees indoors? We would love to hear from you. Share with us in the comment section below.
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Check out these articles on how you can have the perfect survival garden this season:
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Mary Hamilton Lesser says
I’ve grown Meyer lemon trees & calamondin oranges for several years indoors. You will need a small soft brush for each tree to pollinate the flowers in the fall & winter or you won’t get any fruit. Bees ¬her insects take care of this in the summer when my trees are on the patio, but citrus can bloom & fruit year round.
Tree WFTX says
Wow! This was a very interesting and informative read. Never knew how some fruits can be grown indoors, especially some that I enjoy eating. I will definitely have to try this out.