Dwarf fruit trees are perhaps the most exotic plants you can grow indoors. Native to tropical regions around the world, their lush foliage, exotic flowers and edible fruits make captivating conversation pieces for a sunroom -- or any sunny room.
If you've ever thought about growing banana plants indoors, you'll want 'Dwarf Cavendish', a compact variety that tops out at 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. Want a smaller plant? 'Novak' is a super dwarf banana, rarely reaching more than 4 ft (1.2 m) tall.
Your banana plant may not grow fruit indoors. But with enough sunlight, warmth and humidity, a bunch of small, edible bananas are possible. It's perfectly happy in a container and makes a sensational tropical houseplant.
Calamondin is one of the easiest indoor citrus trees to grow. Not a true orange, this dwarf citrus tree is actually a cross between a kumquat and a tangerine.
With good citrus tree care, you'll enjoy your calamondin tree for many years. It's long-lived and adaptable to indoor living.
Dwarf tangerine and kumquat trees are other delightful dwarf fruit trees to grow indoors. You'll love their fragrant flowers and sweet fruits in winter.
Forty percent relative humidity is considered "average" in most homes. Fortunately, that's a comfortable level for people and most house plants.
However, many tropical house plants grow best with 60-70% humidity.
Short of turning a room into a misty rain forest, there are a few things you can do for your plants. Check out these easy tips for raising the humidity for your house plants.
'Meyer' lemon tree (shown here) is productive indoors, growing sweet, yellow fruits throughout the summer. It has something to offer for any season, though -- glossy, dark-green foliage, and fragrant white flowers. You'll often find flowers and fruit on the tree at the same time during the summer, making it an attractive dwarf citrus tree to have in your home.
Dwarf key lime tree produces starry, white flowers and key limes nearly year-round, making it a delightfully fragrant house plant.
Ever heard of a kaffir lime tree? You'll want to explore this unusual citrus tree you can grow indoors.
Buy a plant from a reputable grower to ensure that it will produce fruit. Plants grown from seed may not grow true to type. You'll find indoor fruit trees for sale from online nurseries.
An olive tree...indoors?
Why not. This beautiful Mediterranean native is quite at home in your kitchen window, your sunroom, or any sun-drenched spot you choose.
Tolerant of the dry conditions of its native region, this dwarf fruit tree is easy to grow in a pot as long as it gets plenty of sunlight.
Dwarf olive trees stay small when grown indoors. And with some pruning, you can control its size and keep it shapely. Get tips for growing olive trees here.
Dwarf Pomegranate makes a charming and unusual house plant.
Put it in a sunny window and you'll enjoy its orange-red blooms followed by mini pomegranates throughout the summer. The pomegranates of this dwarf fruit tree are purely decorative.
The dwarf cultivar 'Nana' only grows up to 3 ft (90 cm) tall. Prune it back as much as you want. You can even grow one as a bonsai.
Ananas nanus is a dwarf species of pineapple that only reaches 16 in (40 cm) tall. Although, if you want a stunning indoor accent, A. cosmosus 'Variegatus' is truly spectacular. Its spiny foliage edged in cream and red makes an impressive house plant.
These South American natives are happy in a container as long as you meet their needs for sunshine and humidity.
Get care tips for growing pineapple plants indoors and find out how to grow, plant and propagate pineapple plants.
Want more? Discover how to grow a papaya tree and enjoy this tropical dwarf citrus indoors. If you have a sunny window for papaya, you'll find that it's easy to grow.