Grow Lemon Tree from Seed in 4 Easy Steps
Growing your own lemon tree from a seed is an easy and rewarding task. The leaves and flowers of your lemon tree will provide beauty to your home and a sweet, citrus smell. Eventually, when your plant is fully grown, you can enjoy delicious lemons any time you want. Follow the four steps below to grow your own lemon tree from a seed.
1. Gather Supplies
You will need a few basic items. First, choose an organic lemon. Non-organic lemons may contain non-germinating seeds, which will not produce a seedling.
To know if your lemon is organic or not, check its PLU, on the sticker you find on the fruits. If it has 5 digits, then your fruit is organic.
Next, pick potting soil, preferably one with natural fertilizers.
Purchase or re-use a pot in which to start your seed. This container should be approximately six inches wide and six inches deep with drainage holes in the bottom.
Your new plant will require lots of sunlight. If you do not have a sunny spot, consider purchasing a grow lamp. You can purchase LED grow lamps from hardware stores or gardening stores. Here’s a good deal from Amazon.
You will also need plastic wrap or a trash bag, a rubber band, and a spray bottle filled with water.
2. Prepare Seed and Pot
Once you’ve gathered the supplies, you must prepare the pot. Put soil in the pot first since the seed must stay wet. Fill it almost to the top, leaving one inch below the rim. As you go, moisten the soil. It should be damp all the way through but not wet. The proper mixture of water and heat is necessary to grow your seedling.
Cut your lemon open and remove one or more seeds to plant. Choose ones that look whole and healthy. Place the seed in your mouth and suck off all of the pulp. A good indicator is when the seed quits tasting.
Soak the seeds in water for 2-3 hours so they absorb moisture and get ready for use.
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3. Plant the Seed
Make sure your seed is still moist, and plant it about half an inch deep. Once your seed is in place, spray the soil lightly with a water bottle.
Make sure no water is standing or making a puddle in your pot. Too much water will cause the seed to rot before it sprouts. Stretch your plastic wrap or garbage bag over the pot covering it completely. Then secure with your rubber band. Poke several small holes in the plastic with a pencil. This process creates a mini greenhouse for your seed to sprout into a small seedling.
Another idea is to put a cut large plastic container on top of your seedlings.
Place your mini greenhouse in a sunny spot or under a grow lamp for ten to fourteen hours per day.
Check on your seed several times a day and spray it with water. Again, make sure to not over or under water your seed! After about two weeks, you should see a sprout. It’s time to remove the plastic covering. Continue to spray the soil daily with water. Depending on your climate, you may have to spray several times a day to ensure the soil stays moist. At this point, your tiny lemon tree needs eight hours of full sun to reach it’s maximum potential. It will also need a moderate amount of fertilizer about twice a year. Be sure to watch for and remove brown leaves. Lemon trees tend to be prone to bugs. Check the underside of leaves often to prevent pests. When your tree is ready to move to a bigger pot, choose one that is wider rather than deeper.
By following these directions, you can have a fruit-producing tree in three to six years.