Increase your healthy food intake with these fruits that you can grow inside your home.
In the previous article, we discussed five of the most fragrant herbs that you can grow indoors. This week, we will turn on the spotlight to fruit trees that you can actually grow in the comfort of your home. Growing these trees may not be as simple as cultivating smaller plants like herbs and leafy vegetables, but it certainly isn’t impossible. With that said, we picked five fruit trees that you can try growing indoors — figs, lemons, mulberries, olives, and peaches.
Let’s check them all out:
Figs are a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin A and K, as well as calcium, and fiber. All varieties of this plant can fruit a lot if you plant them in a large pot as they have large roots. The Negro Largo variety (or Brown Turkey), for one, makes a great houseplant because of its beautiful oblong leaves. Figs can grow in a well-lit grow area but away from direct sunlight. It can grow quite big, so make sure to prune in the summer and winter.
Lemons (and limes)
Lemons and other citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C. These plants also make beautiful indoor plants because of their colors — the fruit’s yellow and the leaves’ green. Lemons and other citrus plants like limes are easy to grow indoors. They do require eight to twelve hours of sunlight every day though, so if your grow room has no sufficient light, make sure that you have LED grow lights to provide them with the sunlight they need.
Aside from lemons, mulberries also are a great source of Vitamin C. They are also rich in calcium, iron, and protein, and make a great post-exercise snack. This tree needs a large, roomy pot and can grow really big. The regular tree can get up to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide! That said, the dwarf variety like the Dwarf Everbearing is the best one to grow indoors. As with lemons, the mulberry trees also need a bright, sunny and warm room.
Olives are perfect for cooking and for cocktails. They also have antioxidant properties that can help mitigate the risks of cancer and heart disease. As for planting them indoors, they are easy to care for. These plants are self-pollinating and quite prolific as a tree can produce up to 20 pounds of fruit in a year. Olive trees also need a lot of sunlight, at least six hours a day. If you have grow lights, this shouldn’t be a problem. Do note, however, to get an indoor variety that will fruit, like the Arbequina and Picholine varieties.
Peaches are a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, niacin, and other minerals. This fruit has low-calorie content too. The dwarf varieties of the peach tree like Bonanza and Nectarella make great indoor trees. They need to be placed in a warm, sunny room, especially when the fruits are starting to set. Peach trees love the warm weather so make sure that you take them out during this stage, or set your LED grow lights at the proper spectrum.