You can have a delightful indoor fruit garden in an airy sunroom or conservatory or a glazed porch. Growing vegetables and herbs indoors is usually the norm, but some fruits can also thrive indoors. You can use organic fertilizers thus ensuring that your homegrown fruits are pesticide free. You’ll need containers of at least 30 cm (1 foot) diameter and a bit more in depth. As the plants grow in size, you can move them into small tubs of larger pots. Annual pruning can keep the size convenient. When the plants mature, you just have to remove the top soil and replace it with compost every spring. Here’s a list of some fruits you can grow indoors to create your very own fruit garden:
Semi-St.Julien, Goldcot and Shipley varieties of apricot are compact and highly productive, when grown in pots, especially if you stand them against the sunny wall of your conservatory. You can hand pollinate the flowers with a paintbrush in order to ensure fruits.
Mulberry is extremely slow growing, and if you start from a seed, it might take up to ten years to produce fruit. Buy an organically grown dwarf or semi-dwarf variety, which will bear fruit that ripen in summer. 13-21 degrees Celsius temperature is ideal for this plant. It can be kept indoors in a warm and sunny place.
A grapevine provides shade, looks ornamental and can climb walls or the roof of your conservatory. It needs plenty of ventilation or else mildew might spoil the fruit. The vines must be shortened to two buds every winter.
Nectarines and peaches
You can grow nectarines and peaches, natural dwarf varieties that can produce fruit on short 75 cm / 30 inch stems. They need a temperature of 10-13 degrees Celsius until the fruit sets, after which higher temperature of 18-21 degrees Celsius is required by the plant. The plants do well in good ventilation and warm and sunny location.
The small variety of pomegranate is ideal for your indoor garden. It grows only up to 3 feet in height and its bright, scarlet flowers look beautiful. Miniature fruits can be seen in autumn and it does well in sunlight and good ventilation.
Enjoy strawberries and cream with strawberries from your indoor fruit garden. Plant alpine strawberries in colourful pots and place them on sunny windowsills. The fruits can be enjoyed from early summer days until the middle of autumn. Large sized strawberries also do well, and to force them to bear fruit early, plant them in autumn in 5-6 inch size pots and place them in a well lit room.
Pineapples can also be grown in pots, giving your fruit garden a nice, tropical touch.
All varieties of the fruit thrive indoors if their roots have enough room to grow, and the Negro Largo variety does extremely well as an indoor plant. 13-18 degrees Celsius is the best temperature for fig plant. The plant does not require direct sun. It needs organic fertilizer two to three times in its growth season. Prune it in both winter and summer to control the exuberant growth.
Ground cherry and Cape Gooseberry are bushy plants which have small white flowers and cherry sized small red or yellow fruits. They look gorgeous when they are grown in large pots (1 foot diameter) near windows in direct sunlight.
Having an indoor fruit garden can save you money and you can have the satisfaction of watching your fruits grow. You can enjoy seasonal fruits fresh from your garden, which are both organic and healthy.