Most exotic, dwarf fruit trees you can grow indoors

December 7, 2011

Dwarf fruits are the most exotic plants that can be grown indoors. They are native to the tropical regions all around. Their edible fruits, amazing flowers, and lush foliage makes it apt for any sunny room. Dwarf fruits do not require open spaces or big areas. They can be grown in containers, and that too indoors. Most of these plants when grown normally, are so huge and big that it is difficult for harvesting. But in case of a dwarf trees, it is very easy to harvest and also prune them. They grow up to the height of around 8-10 feet high and you can accommodate many of them right in your backyard.

Dwarf fruit trees

1) Dwarf Banana Plants

Dwarf Banana Plants

This compact sized plant grows only to the extent of 6 feet when mature. Although the stem looks woody, they are actually pseudo-stems that are formed by overlapping the leaf sheaths. These pseudo-stems are grown from rhizomes that are beneath the soil. The plant has broad and shiny leaves that grow to the extent of 2-3 feel long. Each pseudo-stem will produce only one flower cluster that is purplish-red in color and later develops into fruits. The bananas are 6 inches in length and edible. Once the stem has grown fully, it dies. You will have to cut off the stem and let the offshoot take its place.

2) Calamondin Orange Tree

Calamondin Orange Tree

This is one of the best indoor plants and is a cross between a tangerine and a kumquat. The Calamondin orange tree is a perennial shrub. Its woody stem is covered with glossy green leaves that are oval shaped. The leaves give out a citrusy aroma. In the second year, the plant gives a lot of flowers and fruits. By the summer of the second year, it gives star shaped, white flowers on the tip of the branches. This is slowly followed by fruits that are 1-2 inches in size. As they ripen, the fruits change their color from dark green to bright orange. Usually, both the flowers and fruits come at the same time. There is no hurry to harvest the fruits from the tree as they are perennial. You can enjoy the fruits for months.

3) Meyer Lemon Trees

Meyer Lemon Trees

When you plant a Meyer lemon trees, you feel very rewarding as apart from bearing wonderful fruits, they are also very fragrant. This fruit is sweeter than lemons and even the skin is great for cooking, as it is thin. You can prune them into a tree form, even though it is basically a shrub. When planted, they will grow up to around 8-10 feet and around 12 feet in width. They require full sun and need high temperature around 50-80 degrees F. They can manage and bear up to the extent of 32 degree F. Too much water will destroy the plant and they cannot handle low temperatures. They require only moderate amount of fertilizer.

4) Olive Tree

Olive Tree

The olive trees are very slow growing and do not require much maintenance. They can survive with even plenty of sunlight and less water. They bear fruit only when they are five years old. Means, you have to procure it from the nursery only when they about 2 years old. They require low maintenance and is suitable for people who cannot take care of them on daily basis. They require pruning or else they grow wild. Leave the branches around 6 inches long or to the extent that is required in your balcony.

5) Variegated Pineapple

Variegated Pineapple

This variety is more attractive than the common one. But the fruit is very bitter and it is more grown for decoration. The leaves are sword like and grow up to the extent of 3 feet. So, this gives you a plenty of room inside your home. The leaves are banded with red or cream yellow and also have spines which are very sharp. Growing a pineapple is very easy and works out well when you are growing it only for ornamental sake.

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