How easy it to grow a lemon tree? Save some seeds and find out! During the winter months, these abundant fruit trees can grow indoors and will produce beautiful blooms that will make the house fragrant.
First, make sure the seeds you use are from organic lemons (non-organic lemons often contain non-sprouting seeds). Then, a little potting soil, some compost, a planting pot, a seedling pot, and a sunny indoor location are you need to complete the picture. Just follow these easy steps!
How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seeds
Step 1. Moisten the soil so that it is damp all the way through, and then fill the planting pot to about an inch below the rim.
Step 2. Cut open your lemon and remove a seed. The best way to clean it? Simply suck on it, but do not let it dry — the seed must remain moist when it’s buried.
Step 3. Plant it about half an inch down in the middle of the pot, and then seal the soil directly above it with a light spray of water.
Step 4. Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap, seal the edges, and poke small holes in the top before placing it in direct sunlight. (Remember to keep hydrating. Never let the soil dry out, but don’t spray too heavily, either.)
About two weeks later, a seedling will emerge. Take the plastic covering off, but continue to keep the soil damp. Make sure the young plant gets eight full hours of light per day and interment doses of organic fertilizer as needed.
When the plant outgrows its seedling pot, put it in a planting pot and make sure to repeat the watering steps above. Older plants need less water than their younger counterparts but do keep the soil moist and fertilized nonetheless.
After their third year, healthy lemon trees begin to produce fruit. One that happens, a tree can yield a harvest consistently every year under the right climate and soil conditions. After a tree starts blossoming, it takes 4-12 months before a harvest, which usually takes place between summer and winter.
Once you have lemons, make lemonade, or these lemon cupcakes!
Michelle Nati is a freelance writer who worked in the entertainment industry for several years before before becoming a purveyor of oddities for Oddee.com. She has written for ApartmentShowcase.com, Complex Media, Time Out, Ranker, Mstarz, and a host of other websites.