How Do You Grow a Nutmeg Tree?

Seeds, a warm climate or sunny location indoors, water and soil are needed to grow nutmeg trees. The tree requires rich, well drained soil and full sun to partial shade. The nutmeg tree begins producing seed pods at 6 to 8 years and becomes fully mature in 20 years.

  1. Plant the nutmeg seeds

    Outdoors, plant several nutmeg seeds about 18 feet apart and at least 10 feet away from other trees. Several trees are required for pollination, which allows the trees to produce the nutmeg pod used in cooking. To grow nutmeg indoors, choose a pot that is at least 18 inches in diameter, or larger, and use a combination of peat, sand and pearlite as a growing medium.

  2. Care for the nutmeg tree

    Nutmeg trees must be taken indoors in regions where the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the tree in a sunny location indoors in cold weather. Water the tree only when the soil appears dry to prevent diseases and root rot, and fertilize the tree regularly during spring and summer.

  3. Treat the nutmeg tree for pests and disease as needed

    Occasionally, the nutmeg tree will need to be treated for disease and pests using commercial products. Follow the instructions on the product packaging to revitalize the nutmeg tree.