Lemons are great on food, and drinks, especially water, they’re even amazing for skin care. For someone who uses lemons often, it might be best to grow their own tree. It’s really easy and can also be done indoors as long as it’s facing sunlight.
First buy the seeds. You can find lemon seeds at your local grocery store or stores that sell gardening supplies such as Home Depot, for example. Good lemon seeds are at least 2-3 years old and perfect for growing as a houseplant.
You may also cut an organic lemon in half and retrieve its seeds. Make sure to rinse the seeds with water to remove any leftover sugar or juice from the lemon. Then, soak them in a bowl of water for 8 hours to speed up the germination process.
Buy a large enough pot and all-purpose soil. Don’t get tempted by the cheaper products, for this project you want to have the right products for the planting to be successful. When watering the soil, don’t overdo it with water and soak the soil. It’s important it for it to only be damp.
Spread the seeds out over the soil, topping it with a seed-raising mix. Do this while the seeds are still moist, don’t allow them to become dry as this will only slow down the growth process.
Cover the container with plastic to keep the seeds moist. When it begins to sprout, you may remove the plastic.
Upon planting, place the pot near sunlight. Place your plant near a sunny windowsill, porch, or even the backyard deck. If you can’t give the plant a sufficient amount of sunlight, you can also buy fluorescent lights to act as sunlight. Fluorescent or grow lights may be extremely handy, especially in the winter when the plant needs at least 12 hours of sunlight.They’re inexpensive and a great tool for other gardening projects.
Like any houseplant, your lemon plant needs water Find or buy a spray bottle to fill with water. Use this bottle to spray the plant each day. Be sure to wipe it down from dust, a task that plants love. Some planters or gardeners use a drip irrigation line to keep the soil hydrated. But, if you’re just starting out, misting or watering often (at least twice a week) also helps.
Keep the plant clean and away from bugs. Pesticides may not be necessary, but are helpful for keeping bugs away. Also, remove dead leaves as they appear.
As it grows, give it doses of fertilizer to keep the soil healthy as it will need great nutrients to grow strong. As the tree continues to grow, you may consider moving the plant to a larger plot to maintain and support its growth. Again, don’t be cheap, quality does matter.
Lemon trees are beautiful for decoration as they will look great in the kitchen, on the front porch, or even when placed somewhere in the backyard.
Happy gardening and enjoy your new lemon tree!