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A_Beaverhausen's avatar

What kinds of fruit can i grow insde?

Asked by A_Beaverhausen (2440points) February 22nd, 2009

what success have you had with indoor food growing?

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gailcalled's avatar

Where do you live? What kind of light and exposure do you have inside? What is the average temperature?

free's avatar

Tomatoes in front of a south facing window. and yes, technically, it is a fruit…
I know of people who have dwarf orange and lemon trees inside. But they are plagued by mites and leaf mold/fungus. I grew bananas, but they take so long it was more like an ornamental plant.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

My brother in law grows habanero peppers indoors. Peppers are a fruit, and they will thrive indoors given enough light, water and plant food. They need lots of light, though.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

@gailcalled Ohio, im sure i could create more light if i had to, and about 70–75 i would say.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Not technically a fruit, but you can grow completely edible mushrooms inside as long as you’re willing to spray them with water twice a day, and keep the temp. consistently between 68 and 72. I can attest that eaten fresh, they’re much more delicious than the ones you buy in the store.

laureth's avatar

Sometimes it’s hard to grow fruit inside if it’s not self-pollinating (or pollinated by you). It also takes a lot of sun energy for a plant to make a fruit – they’re a pretty big investment for a plant. While I’ve heard of smaller things like herbs grown in a sunny window, grow lights are often necessary for food production.

bythebay's avatar

Here’s some Fruity info.

gailcalled's avatar

We used to grow avocado plants from the pits as youngsters (also pineapples). But in the NE, there was no chance of fruit without a controlled greenhouse.

Our banana trees also grew so fast that one had to either prune often or cut a hole in the roof. But, yes, we had no bananas.

greylady's avatar

It takes about 20 years for an avocado tree to produce fruit even if planted in a good outdoor climate for them- and if it happens to be a male plant it won’t ever have any. But they make a fun houseplant to grow from a seed. There are lots of citrus trees you could try. Ponderosa lemon is a good one.

gailcalled's avatar

@greylady: In Ohio, particularly given this winter?

greylady's avatar

They, and the Meyer Orange are sold as houseplants. I gave a lemon tree start to my Dad once, and it got 2 lemons on it. This is in north central MN.

gailcalled's avatar

@greylady: Did they last more than one season? How much did you prorate for each lemon?

greylady's avatar

It grew for about 3 years, then had one lemon at a time for 2 years, and then died. He pollinated the flowers with a cotton swab. It got about 2 feet tall, but I would have to say that he wasn’t the best houseplant person even though he was a very good farmer! He kept it in an east window, which it did seem to like.

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