Trees and Shrubs forum: How to get started growing a tree?

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ApesUpt
Nov 25, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Hi, I really love the idea of having a small tree indoors (not like bonsai small, just not a full grown tree), I feel like it will add a great feel to the room. The issue is that I can't find anywhere online that I have found that sells tree seeds, and there are no nurseries nearby (raleigh NC) that sells tree seeds. Do yall even grow your trees from seeds? I have heard of using a cutting, but I'm a little skeptical if I can get that to work. Let me know where you get your seeds from, your experience with the company, and the best way to fill the space in my room Smiling
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Yorkshirelass
Nov 26, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Why do you want a tree inside?
The place to find tree seeds/fruits is outside in the hedgerows and woodlands. Look for acorns, rowan berries, ash keys etc .
Trees need to be outside to attract the birds and insects which rely on them for cover and food, please reconsider your idea. Look for a large houseplant instead.
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Faridat
Nov 26, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Hi there! A have a small olive tree in my living room, but it still gets to go outside in the yard in spring and summer. It is in a big terracotta pot, so its roots can dry more quickly, as olive trees do not like a lot of water and can survive on less water than other trees. It has given me olives still. Maybe try a small tree like a cumquat tree if your zone permits it. I have the intention to plant my olive tree in the ground in spring, so it can have a happier and fuller life cycle. You can temporarily accomodate the needs for a small tree, but it will never be as happy as outside and in the earth. Also, ficus elastica is actually a tree, and ficus benjamina or a ficus lyrata another option for you, many people choose those. Even if a ficus will never grow into their bigger sizes one can see in their habitat of course, they can still be tree size in a room provided they have the right conditions, light, etc.
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Pistil
Nov 27, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Norfolk Pine is the one I have seen most successfully grown indoors. The scientific name is Araucaria heterophylla. In it's native land (Norfolk Island) it gets 150 feet tall! But people grow them inside. I have seen them 10 feet tall in someone's dining room. they are often available cheap this time of year used as tabletop Christmas Trees, check the grocery store!

People often buy fig trees (Ficus) but they are really hard to keep alive and looking nice. However the Rubber Tree is actually a type of Ficus and they are extremely tough and do fine indoors.It will bush out, or you can prune it more tree-like. Huge tropical looking leaves.

If you have a REALLY sunny spot (hard to do in the south as it is so hot most people put shades or curtains over south picture windows) you can have a Meyer Lemon Tree, and even have lemons (I never ate mine as the tree got scale insects and mealybugs so I had to use poisons on it).

People with a good sunny spot will grow the Bay Laurel (yes the one we use as a spice in our marinara sauce). I have never tried it, but it is a real tree.

Then there are the shrubby things you can prune like a tree. I have a Schefflera I am doing that too, it does not need as much light as the real trees. I love the way it really fills up the room. I also have a Ti Tree (Dracaena) which is maybe 8 feet high, sorta looks like a palm tree! Also does not need lots of light.

Yes you can grow trees from seeds, I have done it for outside trees. If you want to do it, probably the way is to look on-line for seeds for Bonsai, they are the people doing it the most.

A book that might help you is an oldie but goodie "The House Plant Expert" by Dr. D.G. Hessayon, it has a list of trees and tree-like houseplants.
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RpR
Nov 27, 2017 11:21 AM CST
ApesUpt said:Hi, I really love the idea of having a small tree

Define what YOU consider small.

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