How to Grow a Lemon Tree in Your Home
Citrus fruits, including lemon, are very beneficial. Citrus fruits are well-known and used since they are rich in vitamin C. However, they also contain many other minerals and vitamins like calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.
Consuming lemons will provide you will all the benefits given by the vitamin and minerals found in this fruits. It is even easy to grow a lemon tree by yourself. If you grow your own lemon tree, you will not have to be worried about the quality and the freshness of the fruits. Moreover, you will know that your lemons are not contaminated with chemicals and pesticides, which is often the case with store-bought lemons. Below you can learn how to grow a lemon tree by yourself.
• Soil that is fertile
• 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep planting pot
• 24 inches wide and 12 inches deep seeding pot
• Rubber band
• Plastic wrap
Tips before planting the lemon:
• Always choose organic lemons and avoid the non-organic ones. Non-organic lemons may not have germinating seeds.
• To make the soil that you will add in the planting pot fertile use natural fertilizers like peat, perlite or vermiculite. To grow a completely natural and organic lemon tree avoid the chemical fertilizers.
• Your lemon tree will need a dose of sunlight in order to grow and photosynthesize. So, you will need an indoor space where there is enough sunlight. You can even keep your lemon tree under light during the nights by using a grow light.
1. First you need to prepare the planting pot. Fill the pot with fertile and damp soil until the soil reaches one inch from the rim. Your soil must be moist, but not soaked in water. Make sure that the soil is damp.
2. Prepare the lemon seeds. Cut the organic lemon and get the seeds in it. Suck the seed to remove the pulp from the surface of the seed.
3. Plant the prepared seed immediately. The seed and the soil must be still moist when planting. Place the seed ½ an inch below the soil’s surface in the center of the pot. Pack the soil on top of the seed gently. Add some water directly above the seed with a spray bottle.
4. Cover the pot with the plastic wrap and secure it with the rubber band. Make holes with a pencil or a pen.
5. The pot must be kept under sunlight and in a warm place. The soil must be always damp, but never soaked in water. The first sprouts will appear after around 2 weeks.
6. The plastic wrap should be removed when the sprouting of the lemon tree begins.
7. Your lemon tree will need at least 8 hours of light every day. Remember, that you can use a grow lamp during the nights. Keep the soil damp and choose organic fertilizers instead of the chemical ones. Remove the brown or dead leaves regularly and protect your plant from pests. However, don’t use pesticides unless it is necessary.
8. When your lemon tree outgrows the planting pot transfer it to the seeding pot. Now, your plant will not need so much water, but still it must be watered occasionally and it needs sun exposure. You still need to prune the dead and brown leaves and check it for harmful pests.
You can buy a baby lemon tree and plant it in a clay or plastic pot with holes at the bottom for drainage as well. When the plant outgrows the pot, transfer it to a bigger one in order for the roots to have enough space. Harvest the lemons when they are ripe.