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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

How to Grow Fruits in an Apartment

Updated: Mar 9


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 many more are examples of plants that can be grown in apartments. However, fruits are 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.





Fruits will do exceptionally well if you have south, west, and 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 quickly 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.


Include vermiculite, perlite, or gravel in your potting mix to ensure good drainage and aeration. 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, please place it in a pot filled with water. It will slowly start to develop roots.

  • Make sure to change the water often, with intervals of a few days 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. Add a good-quality fertilizer, such as worm castings or calcified seaweed, to a nutrient-dense potting mix.


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








Lemons


This fruit is suitable for growing indoors or in a small space. Please ensure you get the Meyer Lemon variety, as it's the best for increasing 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:





 


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


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