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7 Surprising Indoor Fruit Trees For Low Light Situations

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So you have arrived at this page because you are looking for an indoor fruit tree for low light situations and I am pleased to tell you that are many options available that you can successfully grow in low light.

Most people don’t realize that it is definitely possible to grow a fruit tree with low light.

When you choose to grow a fruit tree indoors it can actually be ideal because the temperature in your home is probably close to the ideal temperature for fruit trees.

It is possible to grow lots of fruit tree varieties with as little as 6 hours light, if this is your plan you can grow a healthy tree but the more light it gets the more fruit it will produce.

Read on and I am going to list 6 fruit trees you can grow in low light and 1 plant that most people presume is a tree.

Lemon Tree

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Yes, you can grow a lemon tree in low light situations, like all plants the more light you get it the better it will do but you can grow a healthy lemon tree with as little as 6 hours daily sunlight.

It is best to choose a dwarf or even a bonsai variety as they take less energy to grow and it is the sunlight that provides most of the energy that is required, Check out my article on lemon tree varieties by clicking here.

When you’re growing a lemon tree in low light situations it is best to give it as much help as possible so it is highly advisable that you do use fertilizer as this will definitely help with the health of your plant and will encourage it to grow big and strong and produce lemons.

In most houses that is possible to get the required 6 hours of daylight simply by positioning your plant on a windowsill but there are many options for affordable grow lights that you could use to boost the amount of light your plant receives and these are very affordable to buy and run on a budget.

It is truly amazing when you do manage to grow a lemon tree in low light situations and have lemons growing in your house.

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Cherry Tree

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Most people don’t even realize you can grow a dwarf cherry tree indoors and that they are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in low light situations.

There are many different varieties of cherry tree that are suitable for growing indoors in low light, it is best to choose a dwarf variety or even a cherry bonsai and it does look amazing when it flowers and fruits.

Cherry trees are ideal for growing indoors because they only require 6 hours of sunlight to grow a healthy specimen.

When you’re growing a fruit tree indoors it is always best to use fertilizer and that is part of the reason you can grow fruit trees indoors in low light situations.

The problem with growing even a dwarf cherry tree indoors is that when you get it right and use fertilizer and can achieve rapid growth so you will have to constantly prune it to keep it down to a reasonable size.

I do love growing bonsai cherry trees because they are so small it’s like having a houseplant and it looks completely amazing when it starts to flower and produces cherries, It is possibly the best most satisfying houseplant you will ever grow.

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Fig Tree

low light indoor fig tree

It is surprisingly easy to grow a fig tree indoors in low-light situations and is one of the trees I do recommend for beginners to indoor gardening.

A fig tree will grow just fine as long as you get it at least 6 hours light, this light doesn’t even have to be direct light so you can successfully grow them by simply positioning it in a bright room.

A fig tree is one of the easiest plants to get actually produce fruit even when you don’t have absolutely perfect conditions for it.

Like most fruit trees when you grow them indoors you will have to do a vigorous pruning routine to keep it down to a small size my secret is growing it in a small pot and it will only grow to the size that pot allows, then it will stop growing.

If you want your fig tree to produce lots of figs then it is advisable that you do use a fruit fertilizer which will provide a massive benefit to your plant.

Lots of people do find it helpful to use an LED grow lamp to top up the light if you are serious about growing lots of figs on it and you don’t just want it as a cool ornamental plant with a few bits of fruit growing.

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Papaya Tree

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Growing a papaya tree indoors is not easy but I thought I would include this one for people who enjoy a challenge.

Papaya can definitely be grown indoors and only requires 6 to 8 hours direct sunlight every day to grow into a healthy tree.

A full-size papaya tree can grow up to a massive 15+ feet tall which is not ideal so you will have to choose a dwarf papaya tree variety if you want to grow it indoors in a low light situation.

A papaya tree really does need light and this is why it is difficult to grow one indoors, it is simple if you have a conservatory for growing it in but if you are serious about growing up a papaya tree that produces fruit you may actually have to use an LED grow light to achieve this.

Because this is such a difficult tree to grow indoors and low light you will definitely have to use a fruit fertilizer to have any chance of actually having it produce fruit.

Even dwarf varieties of papaya tree can grow sort of large so you will definitely have to prune your tree regularly to keep it down to an ideal size.

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Pomegranate Tree

pomegranate grown in low light

A pomegranate tree is a great choice for growing indoors as incredibly you can grow a healthy pomegranate tree with as little as 4 hours direct sunlight every day, you can’t get much more low light than that.

You will have to select a dwarf or bonsai variety for growing indoors as a full-size pomegranate tree in the wild can grow over 30 feet tall.

Most people are able to get a plant at least 4 hours light by positioning it in front of a window, If you can’t achieve that then the only option is to use an LED grow light to top it up and if I was using a grow light I would have it on a 12 hour timer for the maximum benefit.

Even a dwarf variety of pomegranate tree can grow kind of large you definitely have to prune it regularly to keep it down to the desired height, especially when you use fertilizer which I always recommend as this can produce rapid growth.

The more light you can get your pomegranate tree the quicker it will grow and the more fruit it will produce but it is definitely possible to get a fruit producing pomegranate tree with only 4 hours direct sunlight.

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Avocado Tree

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Everyone knows that you can grow an avocado tree indoors who hasn’t eaten avocado and started to grow a plant with the seed?

The problem with this method is that avocados you buy in a store will be from full-grown avocado trees so your seed will grow into a massive tree if looked after properly.

You should specifically select the variety of avocado tree you want for growing indoors and you should always choose a dwarf variety as it is easier to keep it a smaller size with regular pruning.

If you want to successfully grow an avocado tree indoors that actually produces fruit then you should plant the seed in a 10-inch pot and this will be big enough for it to grow into a fruit-bearing dwarf tree.

Avocado trees need a minimum of 6 hours direct sunlight every day which can be easily achieved by positioning your tree in a south-facing window.

If you don’t have a south facing window and you cannot achieve 6 hours sunlight and you will have to use an LED grow lamp to give your tree the required amount of light.

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Banana Plant

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So the banana plant is the fruit I told you about that most people think grows on trees because they can grow really tall in the wild but technically they are a plant, this is because the stem doesn’t have any true woody material and that is a requirement for something to be classed as a tree.

It is possible to grow a banana plant indoors in low light situations because they only require 6 hours of sunlight to grow healthy, however, like all plants the more light you can get your plant the bigger and stronger they will grow and the more fruit they will produce.

If you can’t get your plant 6 hours sunlight chances are it will not produce any bananas so the only option would be to use an LED grow light to get your plant as much light as possible and have it actually produced bananas and indoors.

For a banana plant, you definitely have to use fertilizer and there are specialist banana plant fertilizers available that will help you be successful.

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