Thought your windowsill gardening was gonna peak with a few cocktail tomatoes and a nice herb plant or two? Think again. We’re about to blow your mind and tell you that yes, you can grow fruit. Inside your home. And hey, if you decide to take things one step further and have a full orchard in your dining room then we’re right there with you. Just be sure to pick a spot that gets lots of sun and stays pretty warm all day – and if you’re hoping for organic fruit at the end it’s not enough to just hold off on the insect sprays- you need to be sure to start with organic potting mix and fertilizer. And if the sun’s not cooperating? Get yourself some grow lights – they’ll give you the most consistent results.
So good for you, thanks to heart-healthy fats, avocados should be grown from a dwarf plant (and watch out – the adult plants can get up to 10 feet high!). Add some sand to the bottom of your pot before the soil, and water regularly but don’t let the soil get soggy!
If you think you can’t grow much because of a small space or shady home, we’ve got a little surprise for you. Fig trees actually produce more fruit when their root systems are confined to a large container, and they prefer indirect light – i.e. that shady spot near the window in your living room! The plant is really resilient and very forgiving (for those who may forget the water from time to time). They also go dormant in winter, so need even less care than a potted houseplant!
Another great option for not-so-sunny corners is a mulberry tree. You’ll need it to be a bright and well-ventilated area, but the tree doesn’t need direct sunlight and is totally fine with being in a pot. The long black berries (like an elongated blackberry) that appear in early summer are packed full of antioxidants and taste amazing in a smoothie!
Who doesn’t love these zingy, tangy, ambassadors for the citrus family. Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as being a great all-purpose cleaner for your home, lemons are best grown from a dwarf tree and will be ready to harvest in 6-9 months. Try to find a potting mix for citrus fruits, and make sure your container allows for plenty of drainage. This little guy will need as much sunshine as possible and regular watering – and you can mist the leaves every so often – lemon trees love moisture!