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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

How to Grow Fruits in an Apartment

Updated: Apr 26


Many people live in apartments and wish to have a garden. These wishes were the genesis of the potted plants' trend then.

Roses, aloe vera plants, hibiscus, and a lot more are examples of plants that can be grown in apartments. However, fruits happen to be an exception to this list simply because people believe it is not possible to grow fruits in apartments.

Growing fruits in apartments may seem like a challenging and impossible idea, but it is not as difficult as it seems to be.





Fruits will do particularly well if you have south, west, east-facing windows towards the fruit plantation or the use of a balcony. If you're facing north, don't worry you can use red-tinted grow lights. The red lights encourage the growth of fruits on plants.


Here are a few fruits you can easily grow in your apartment:



Strawberries


Strawberries are easy to grow in an apartment. You could use specially designed strawberry pots that have multiple holes in them. Or try growing strawberries in a hanging basket.


Make sure you add lots of drainage and aeration to your pot by including vermiculite, perlite, or gravel in your potting mix. Keep the plants moist and in the sunniest part of your home.



Pineapples


Pineapples are another mouth-watering fruit that is used in a variety of dishes.


To grow a pineapple plant in a container,

  • cut off the top part of the fruit where the leaves are.

  • Once it dries completely, place it in a pot filled with water. It will slowly start to develop roots.

  • Make sure to change the water often with a few days' intervals during this transition.

  • When it starts to develop roots, transfer it into the soil.

  • Water the plant frequently and keep it in a good, sunny place.







Gooseberry


Gooseberries are tart and sweet. They are a great snack or tasty addition to salads.


They can be grown in a medium-sized container. Use a nutrient-dense potting mix by adding a good quality fertilizer like worm castings or calcified seaweed.


Keep the soil moist and be careful not to overwater. Once they've grown, you can easily cut and replant them.








Lemons


This is a great fruit that is suited to growing indoors or in a small space. Make sure you get the Meyer Lemon variety as it's the best for growing indoors for edible fruits at home.


The potting mix should be kept slightly acidic. You can do this by adding an acidic soil amendment which can be bought in stores or by adding used coffee grounds:


See my article here: Using Coffee Grounds in your Vegetable Garden | Benefits, Myths, and Cautions



 


Your residential area shouldn't limit you from trying to grow fruits. Indoor gardening can be a little tough and demanding, but you can easily have a garden almost as beautiful as an outdoor garden with patience and dedication.


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