When ordinary fruits such as lemons, limes, strawberries, and others don’t satisfy your gardening appetites, you might want to consider going for something more exotic.
And that’s exactly why today we’re going to talk about some of the best and easiest exotic fruit to grow indoors as well as give you a basic guide on how to grow them.
So stick around and see what the world of exotic fruit has to offer for your household.
10 Exotic Fruit to Grow Indoors Easily
A cute fruit resembling the bird of the same name, kiwi is an exciting fruit to grow despite it being a slow-growing plant.
So if you live in a colder climate, as long as you take care of your kiwi plant, you’ll have no problem.
Now that that’s being said, you do want to take some things into consideration.
First of all, kiwi loves acidic soil, so you should opt for soil that has about 5.5 to 6.5 pH and make sure that it’s well-drained.
Then you’ll need a small pot to put the kiwi seeds in until they start sprouting in about 4 to 5 weeks.
Once the seeds have sprouted, then transplant them to a medium-to-large pot and water your kiwi plant frequently, about once or twice a week.
Kiwi needs from 2 to 5 years to reach full maturity and even though it seems a bit long, you’ll certainly enjoy your kiwis once the fruit is fully grown.
Kiwi trees can grow for 40+ years so at least you have a beautiful décor while you’re waiting for your kiwis to reach maturity.
Also, while you’re waiting for your kiwi plant, there are other exotic fruits you can grow much faster so let’s check them out, shall we?
Here are some tips on how to grow kiwi indoors.
2. Passion Fruit
Passion fruit is one of the easiest and fastest exotic fruit to grow.
It only takes about 60 to 80 days for the fruit to fully mature and you can easily grow it indoors and I’ll share with you my little secret on how to do it.
If you want to grow passion fruit from the seed, you’ll need to wait for about a year for the vine to develop and get mature enough to produce fruit.
That’s why I advise you to buy a developed vine and plant it in a medium or large pot.
It may be a bit more expensive to buy the whole vine but it will save you time and all the resources you need to invest in before the vine develops from the seeds.
And taking care of an already developed vine is as simple as pie.
Because passion fruit grows in hot weather you should make sure that your vine gets about 4-5 hours of sunlight each day.
The soil you use isn’t that important as this fruit can grow in virtually any type of compost, just make sure it isn’t too much acidic.
Water the passion fruit vine twice a week in the hotter months and once or twice a month in the colder months.
If you do all these steps, you can expect your passion fruit vine to produce fruit if not in this season, then certainly in the next one.
Avocados aren’t the easiest fruit to grow and it takes about 10 years for the fruit to mature enough to be edible.
Nonetheless, the avocado tree can make your home seem much more lively and it’s quite fun to grow it.
The easiest method to grow avocados is to use the huge pit and plant it in a large pot.
The soil you’re using should be fast-draining compost mixed with a nutrient-rich potting mix which will give your avocado enough food and make it grow faster and be much healthier.
When watering avocados you should always make sure that the soil is always damp but don’t overdo it otherwise the plant will easily wilt.
Another thing to consider is the temperature.
Make sure that the temperature of your household is above 65°F or 18° C because below that your avocado tree won’t survive for long.
All in all, I think that most avocado lovers won’t mind waiting a bit to enjoy some home-grown avocado and while they wait, they’ll have a beautiful plant to decorate their home.
4. Star Fruit
Star fruit can be easily grown indoors and can produce the same amount of fruit as if you’ve planted it indoors.
It only takes about a year for the plant to start producing fruit and it will certainly be a nice conversation-starter once it’s fully grown.
To set the right growing conditions for growing star fruit, you should make sure that the temperature of your home is above 55° F or 13° C.
Because this is a seasonal fruit it only grows in spring and summer so you might want to use some fertilizer once a month during the season.
As far as the soil is concerned, anything will do as long as you use well-drained potting soil.
Just don’t use something that’s too acidic because your star fruit will wilt.
Watering is quite easy and you just have to water it once or twice during the season and once or twice a month during winter.
5. Date Palm
Date palms are a common exotic fruit that is grown indoors and outdoors more because of their look than the fruit itself.
And even though it takes 4 to 8 years for the palms to start producing fruit, it’s quite easy to take care of them and they look lovely in your living room.
The easiest way to grow a date palm is to use the pit and plant it in moist and well-drained soil.
You should put it near a window where it can get about 5-6 hours of sunlight a day.
Also, because this is a seasonal fruit, you should make sure that the temperature of your home during the season is above 70° F or 20° C.
During the season, water the palm once a week and use a nutrient-rich fertilizer once a month and during the colder months just water it when the soil is feeling a bit dry.
You would think that fruit as large as pomegranate needs a lot of time to mature but you’d be wrong because it only takes 7 months to a year for it to be fully grown.
And it’s not even that hard to grow pomegranate indoors if you set the right conditions.
All you need to do is use a large container and fill it with nutrient-rich soil and mix it with 1/3 peat moss and 2/3 sand.
Pomegranate doesn’t even need much water so you’ll just have to keep the soil barely damp during the warmer months and water it once a month in the colder months.
Keep the room temperature between 50 and 60° F or 10 and 15° C during the night and 40°F or 4.5° C.
Also, if you want to stimulate growth and have your pomegranate mature a bit quicker, you can use a 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the season.
Papaya is another easy exotic fruit to grow indoors even though the tree can grow to be 10-15ft tall.
Of course, you can get a dwarf papaya tree or shorten your papaya tree when it starts growing.
If you opt to grow a regular papaya tree in your house, you should know that it’s best to transplant an already germinated papaya seed rather than growing it from the seed itself.
There’s a good chance that growing papaya from seed won’t give you fruit.
It’s obvious that you’ll need a large container and you should get some loose, well-draining soil and some potting mixture.
If your papaya tree starts growing rapidly, you might want to transplant it into a large enough container so that the roots don’t get cramped and also you want to trim the top of the trunk.
You should trim about 5″ or 12cm from the top at least once a month or when you see that the papaya tree is going to outgrow your living room.
If you grow a dwarf papaya plant, you won’t have this problem as they grow to 2-4ft.
At the end of all this, you should just water your papaya regularly to keep the soil damp and you can expect to have mature fruit in about 9-12 months.
Even though a mango tree can grow up to even 100ft or 30m, there are over 500 varieties of mango and some grow just about 7ft or 2m.
With such large fruit trees, it’s always better to grow them by transplanting an already germinated seed into a large container.
You’ll need a container that’s at least 20”x20” and you’ll need a nice sunny spot in your house where the tree is going to get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.
As far as soil is concerned, the mango tree isn’t that picky and it can grow in any soil as long as it has good drainage and has a pH level from 5.5-7.5.
Because mango needs a lot of water especially during the hotter months, you should water it every 2 weeks and always keep the soil damp and in the colder months water, it once or twice a month.
If your mango tree starts to grow rapidly, cut about 5” each month or just transplant it in your garden if you want to let it grow fully.
Cherimoya is regarded to be one of the tastiest fruit in the world and because of that, it’s no wonder why people are trying to grow it indoors.
And you can grow it indoors but it will take a lot of work as well as a lot of waiting as your tree will start to produce fruit in 3-5 years.
Of course, if you start growing the tree from a tree transplant, the process is going to be much faster.
You’ll need a lot of sunlight to grow cherimoya and it’s best to place it near a window during the warmer months and get an artificial sunlight lamp system during the winter months.
Use a soil that is consisted of ½ peat and ½ course sand and once your add 2/3 of the mixture in a large pot, pour water into the mixture before you add the seeds/tree transplant.
Then, make a hole in the soil about an inch or 2 inches deep and place the seeds/transplant in the hole.
Fill the remaining soil mixture into the pot and water it so it feels damp.
And you shouldn’t water cherimoya that often but rather just when the soil feels dry so that it doesn’t start wilting.
Also, be careful when eating cherimoya because the seeds can be toxic when cracked open so make sure to remove the seeds when you open the plant right away.
10. Miracle Berries
Although they are indigenous to West Africa and are used to hot climates, miracle berries have been made a popular choice for growing exotic fruit indoors.
They are known for altering the flavor of other food, for example, they mask the sourness or bitterness of other food – hence the name miracle berries.
Miracle berries are susceptible to outside conditions and the tree can reach about 20ft when grown outdoors but only 5ft when grown indoors.
This fruit also needs a lot of sunlight and you’ll need to have an indoor lighting system especially during the wintertime or if you live in a colder area.
Also, you’ll need to provide a humidifier for your miracle berry plant as it thrives in wet and hot conditions.
When planting miracle berries, you should use well-drained acidic soil and water it regularly, about once a week, but never let the roots sit too much in the water as they can rot away.
If you do everything well and fertilize your miracle berries once a month using an acidic fertilizer, you can expect to have your berries mature in about 90 days or one season.
As you can see, even though most exotic fruit doesn’t grow in other climates, you can adapt the conditions to their liking and make your household full of exotic fruit.
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Good luck and happy gardening!