Growing trees in planters inside your home is a unique way to bring the outdoors in. The best container trees can add texture and color to a room. They can fill empty space or provide a bold, vertical focal point. They can even improve your indoor air.

Of course, some trees are better suited for indoors than others. Palms, ficus and Norfolk pines are popular indoor trees. Dwarf citrus trees smell great and can even provide fruit. One of my favorites trees for indoor containers is an olive tree.

When choosing your tree, consider how big the tree will ultimately become and how much light it needs each day. Many indoor trees require at least 6 hours of sunlight, which is something to consider when choosing where to place the tree.

Choose a container that will accommodate your tree as it grows. The right size container also will prevent larger, top-heavy trees from falling over.

Even though your tree will live inside, you’ll want to do the planting outside, because it can get messy.
Start with an inch or two of pea gravel at the bottom of the container to help with drainage. Then, measure the height of your root ball. Add enough soil so that the top of the root ball is about two inches from the top of the container. Fill the rest of the container with soil, tamping it gently around the roots. Water thoroughly and add pea gravel or mulch to the top to give it a more finished look.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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