Growing a Lemon Tree from Seeds at Home

Here is my baby.....about 14 inches tall

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Lemon Tree....today...growing growing

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The Tallest Fledgling Tree is a Year Of Age Now; the tiny one is about 3 months

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Lovely lemon ....sliced and ready to be 'de-seeded'

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A favorite citrus fruit is the lemon. Its aroma is reason enough to keep it around but it adds so much flavor to many foods that it is a fruit I keep on hand at all times.

A few months back I purchased some luscious lemons at the local market. Since one of the ways I use them is in my daily lemon water so I wanted really good ones. These were some of the best of the summer.

For some reason I decided to save the seeds. I had thought about saving them before but just had not done so. I did keep some though for a week or two and then decided to plant them.


Included here too are some fun quotes about lemons and some of the great uses for them.

When life hands you lemonade, don’t try to make lemons.

— unknown

Let's Not Take This Too Seriously....

When life gives you lemons make grape juice and sit back and watch the world ask how you did it.

— Tori Truax

Six Month Old Lemon Tree

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Happy Birthday Little Plant

Further down in this article I show an update of the plants...so this one is out of order. Just thought you might like to see what to expect after six months.

Growth can be expedited with a hot house effect if desired but that is not being employed for this little plant.

When life gives you lemons, give them to me, I love free stuff!.

— unknown

A Learning Curve

Following directions someone gave me, seeds were planted and waiting began.

And more waiting.

Still more.

Nothing happened.

It was time to begin again.

When I returned to the market two weeks later, the very same spectacular lemons were there so once again I stocked up.

As I used them I saved the seeds. This time I soaked the seeds over night in warm water. Then I planted them.

I found out that letting them dry out was my big mistake. Apparently they do not like to be dried out.

A Few of the Seeds that Were Planted Later

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They DID grow...

Again I waited and waited. And, of course, I watered them daily as the potting material dries out very quickly.

The tiny plants shown in the little pots are the result.

This is very exciting to me.

As they continue to grow and flourish I will come back and show you the results.


I am not a professional citrus grower. If you would like professional advice, you may wish to contact someone who specializes in growing citrus fruit

These are just being grown as an experiment really.


Lovely Lemons Have So Many Uses

make cookies, pies, cakes

flavor water/make a detox beverage

drizzle over fish, shrimp, other seafoods

cleaning

deodorizing

Take a peek at the video below to see more ideas...

Some Uses for Lemons You May Not Know

The Fledgling Lemon Trees

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What You Need to do This at Home

Six or eight lemon seeds

Warm water

Jar

Several terra cotta pots

Mix : perlite, vermiculite, potting soil, and a time released fertilizer you can shake into the soil/I had these items on hand but if you do not---

You can often find the mix suggested above already in a bag. The fertilizer is usually in a container that allows you to shake out the amount you want into your pots.


If life gives you lemon, throw 'em back and yell, "I wanted chocolate."

— unknown

What to do

  1. Rinse seeds and place in warm water to soak overnight.
  2. Place plant soil you have prepared in a pot.
  3. Put two or three seeds in about a half to three quarters of an inch deep. Cover gently .
  4. Water.

5. After this initial process, water daily.

6. In about ten days you will have sweet little fledgling plants.

Some sources suggest keeping them inside till they germinate. I did not as it has been perfect for them on the porch. Of course when it gets colder they will come inside.

Some Benefits of Lemons You May Not Know

Lemon Juice
Some Healhful
Beneftits
Consuming lemon juice
may help with
the following:
having trouble sleeping
acne
bad breath
mouth sores
nervousness or feeling anxious
corns and callouses
removes toxic substances from our body
 
 

This is an update on the little trees

Another view...

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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

How cool, Sheila. I am so excited to hear of others sharing this experience ...I can't wait to get home to see mine...I have been away over two weeks and my grandson has been caring for them for me. I have two that are strong and healthy.

It will be fun to share photos of the first lemons.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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sgbrown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

I had to come back and re-visit this hub! I took your advice and planted some lemon seeds. It is now October and I have 3 lemon trees growing in pots on my porch. The largest is about 2 feet tall now! I will be bringing them in soon and hope they make it through the winter inside. I would love to have lemon trees with lemons in a couple of years!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O I am so excited. It has grown quite a bit. It is time to take another photo of it..it is growing so nicely.

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Suzanne Day 18 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

What a great idea, I always like having a lemon tree in the backyard! Thanks for the tip about not drying out the seeds, I've also been guilty of this in the past and wondered why they didn't grow. Voted awesome and up ;)


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O well, it will be years before they need enough water to make a difference in your personal water usage. And then you could use rain water to water them.

You might really want to give this a try, poetryman :D

Thanks for visiting Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

hi AuFait I updated a few weeks back. Only one survived the winter. And it is growing stronger and healthier each day. I am so excited and plan to plant more seeds soon.

It is fun ...you will feel like a proud Momma.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

A nice little project. Unfortunately I am moving to a place where they would fine me for using extra water so I will not get to try this!


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas

Sounds like a fun project and a nice conversation addition to your home. Are they still growing well? I once grew a sweet potato into a plant and it was beautiful. So nice to have houseplants that don't cost the earth.

Voted up, UI, and will share with followers. Also pinned to Awesone HubPages.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Sylvestermouse

Thank you for stopping...I do hope you have a chance to try this. I am getting ready to try limes soon. Why not, right?

Sadly only the one survives as the others got too cold. Even though I had them inside the area was just too cool for them.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Sylvestermouse 20 months ago from United States

We love lemons, so growing our own lemon trees seems like wisdom in action. I may well need to give this a shot myself. Thanks for the idea.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Adventuretravels

I love my honey bunny...it is still a new morning so he is snuggled up beside his Momma while I work. He has to lie next to me and touch me whenever he can.

I hope you have a chance to grow your own little lemon tree. It is quite an adventure. I feel like a Momma as I watch over the one surviving one.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Adventuretravels 20 months ago from London UK

I love lemons. My mum always carried alemon in her handbag in case she needed it! I use it to do everything. I used to grow them too but I haven't in a long time now. I love your honey bunny by the way. Thanks for the angels.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes for sure there are many ways to grow these little trees.

Experimenting will often allow us to discover the way that works best for us. thanks for visiting....I am updating the hub with a new photo this morning...I am so excited that this little plant is doing so nicely.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Perspycacious 20 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

While you can save the seeds as suggested, there are definite benefits to starting your day with one sixth of a lemon, peel and all (except the seeds.)

Check out Hubs on the subject.

I enjoyed the video's 10 Uses For Lemons. It was informative. Thanks.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sheila O it is so exciting. The winter got all but one of them but the remaining one is strong and healthy. I am going to photo it and share so all can see. I am tickled pink

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love lemons and can't wait to try this! Spring has just arrived, so I will be able to plant the seeds and set them out on my porch. Definitely going to give this a try!


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ezzly 22 months ago

Great tip thanks :)


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You could grow them inside for years. Then worry about what to do with them when they are grown :)thanks for stopping by. More Angels on the way. PS


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ezzly 22 months ago

That's a great idea, I want to try this ! But yeah the climate in Ireland may not be so suitable! I try to start my day off with a little lemon in warm water every day so having a fresh supply of lemons would be ideal! Thanks for sharing !!


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I am a bit worried about a couple of them. They are not looking happy right now. I have to move them in and out due to the weather. I hope to show healthy happy plants in the spring.

I am still hopeful they will weather the winter..this is their first winter so I am learning lots.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Deborah

Yes, they are fun to grow and some of the easiest plants I have grown to date from seeds. I hope they make it through the winter so they can become healthy and strong

I plan to buy a lemon tree that is bearing fruit already while I wait for these to grow.

Nice to see you today. Merry Christmas

Angels are on the way to you ps


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DeborahDian 23 months ago from Orange County, California

What an awesome article. We have a lemon tree growing in a pot on our patio, but I never thought about starting one from a seed. I'm sharing this because I am sure some of my other California friends will want to know about this! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Growing them in a cold climate would be a challenge. If you had a hot house, they would love that.

I am cautiously optimistic that at least one will grow to maturity.

thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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colorfulone 23 months ago from Minnesota

It would be great to have a lemon tree in the backyard, but they would not do too well in this colder climate. I love growing plants from seeds however, it has its own rewards.

Voted and shared. Blessings to you!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Well greatstuf You can try. The worst that will happen is that they won't grow. My climate is tropical most of the year too and so far so good.

Angels are on the way ps


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greatstuff 23 months ago from Malaysia

Lately I have been planting trees from seeds and my latest project was frangipani or plumeria plants (which I wrote an article here on HP). Your lemon plants grow well from seeds and I think I will give it a try even though our tropical climate may not be too kind to lemon tree!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I do so want one of those, Peggy. Lemons are one of my all time favorites. Right now it is much cooler so they are not growing much at all. I think I need to move them inside soon.

I hope they really thrive so that I have at least one good tree from the lot.

Thank you for your wishes. this Christmas is overshadowed some by some medical issues in my family but it will not steal our joy.

Angels are on the way to you and yours and wishing you a very Merry Christmas my friend.


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

This was interesting to read and I enjoyed your videos as well. Your Milo is a handsome fellow! We planted a Meyer's lemon tree in our backyard 2 years ago. The first year it gave us a couple of lemons but this last year...none. Hoping for some fruit next year. Had the same luck with an orange tree. It would be so much fun to actually see your little lemon trees grow, mature and give you some fruit. Hope you will have a Merry Christmas this year. Enjoy each moment!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for visiting again. Rachel.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vespawoolf They do need sunlight...when I bring mine in I close them in a closet and turn the light on...that will be the case most of the winter and they do not seem to mind.

Hoping you get to try this ...it is such fun to see them grow.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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vespawoolf 23 months ago from Peru, South America

How exciting that you had success in growing a lemon tree from seeds! I would love to try this, but I don´t know if I get enough sunlight inside my house. Still, it can´t hurt to try. Thank you for sharing your experiment with us.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rachel

My Momma used to have one or two citrus trees in our living room until they got too big for that space any longer. I thought it was the coolest to just walk over and pull a lemon off to use for tea or lemonade.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

My sister has a lemon tree in her parlor that a friend she has from Florida gave her several years ago. She keeps it in her family room in front of the sliding glass doors and she does get lemons.


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

I do understand, Rachel. It is such an exciting experience to see the new plant pop through the soil.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peg

Hoping for great results too. My nursery owner friend has Meyer lemon trees that are already bearing fruit and I just know one of them will soon be mine (while I wait for mine to grow).

Angels are on the way to this morning. ps


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Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

I love growing things so I'm sure I will enjoy watching them grow. I will let you know how it turns out.

Blessings to you.


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PegCole17 24 months ago from Dallas, Texas

How I miss the tropical climate of Florida where things grow so bountifully. I've been saving seeds, too, and it was great to learn that they need to soak overnight before being planted. Good luck on your lemon trees and I hope they bear fruit as delicious as their source.


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You know, you could do this with kidoes at school, Rebecca. You are still teaching, right? If I had known we would have done it for sure. We grew pumpkins and beans, of course, and sunflowers..Kids love it.

Have a lovey Saturday.

Many Angels are on the way to you and yours. ps


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rebeccamealey 24 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! I am surprised at how quickly germinated. You have inspired me to try it. Now where is that lemon I bought?


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is an important question, Jackie. No, do not let them dry. That was the mistake I made the first time I tried this.

Just remove them, rinse in warm water, and then plant them and then watch eagerly for them to grow.

Good luck.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Rachel

You will feel like a new Momma as you watch these babies grow.

I have to really baby them right now since the weather is fluctuating so much but I am not ready to bring them in for the winter yet.

Hopefully you will come back and let me know how they grow.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Jackie Lynnley 24 months ago from The Beautiful South

I love growing new things; so I will try it. Can you use the seeds right from the lemons or do they need to dry out a little? Lemon is said to be a cancer preventative so I add it to my water too. Up and sharing.


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Rachel L Alba 24 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Oh, I can't wait to try this. Every year in January I look for something to do. I will do this for sure. I love seeing those little plants come up and I love lemons. Thanks a lot.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

I have had a lemon tree for a few years. The first year it bore fruit but they never matured as they did not get enough time before winter crept on. When I lived in South Africa, a lemon tree was oh such a beautiful thing but this poor lemon tree of mine, has been through some rough patches and I keep on giving it yet another chance!

If it does not sort itself out soon, I might have to do more than just talk to it. I might plant some seedlings right next to it:)

I enjoyed reading this hub. thank you.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Breakfastpop Thanks for stopping by. It is indeed a very exciting time for me. I hope they grow into strong trees that give me luscious lemons.

Angels are on the way to you .


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

O you might want to give it a shot Ron. Grow them inside until they are hardy enough to plant outside.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes Genna...I have thought of growing some inside and definitely will be keeping these little ones inside this winter. I am sure they will like the warm environment inside as much as they are enjoying it outside.

Thanks for visiting. Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Dr Bill thanks for stopping by. I am thrilled to see them doing as well as they are ...hoping for the best.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

The short answer to that question, Brie, is no. Of course you will need to be cautious with the cool weather especially when your trees are babies such as these. I have some 'teenage' lemon trees in the yard and they do not seem to mind the freezing temps we get in the winter ...granted we do not have extended periods of freezing weather but we do have cold spells.

Consult your zones and see what the recommendations are but I think you too can have baby trees growing like mine. : Wishing you the best.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Theresa...You know I love your name...my sister is named Teresa (she spells it without the 'h' ) and we are very close.

I know. Lemons are just amazing fruits...they are good for us as well as being such a yummy food, how lucky we are.

I hope all is well with you and yours. I think of you often.

Sending you many Angels this evening ps


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill I will just have to grow you one and when it gets a couple of years old I will send it to you :D

More Angels are headed out to you all in Washington. :D Always nice to see you my friend.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Boutiqueshops I am so excited. Today there are even more little ones growing!!

Yes you can do this. I know we can buy a tree that is a few years old and get lemons much quicker but it will not be this much fun.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Lemon tree, very pretty!!


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I'm pretty sure you can't actually grow lemon trees here in Pennsylvania. But I may plant some seeds in pots just for the fun of having my very own lemon plants. Thanks for the idea!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi there, my sweet friend,

What a lovely hub here you have shared with all this day! Oh, I just love lemons, as they are SO beneficial to our health in more ways than I had ever realized until recently!

I love your video and I need to learn how to do a video on YouTube! LOL

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE growing a Lemon Tree from seedlings ... how wonderful!

Up and more and tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Love and many Angels to you this day and everyday, precious heart,

Theresa aka Faith Reaper


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your little lemon plants are doing well, thanks to your TLC. I was thinking about growing one indoors since we live in New England. Did you plan on trying this as well? Florida is ideal for citrus, depending on the area. I've heard they require a lot of misting, indoors. Thank you for sharing this with us.


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DrBill-WmL-Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! Love the images. Thanks for sharing! ;-)


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

Don't you have to live in a tropical climate in order for lemon trees to grow?


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well good morning my friend! Good to see you. This is something we won't be doing here in Olympia. We don't do well in the lemon department in this country...cool to hear your voice. :) Angels heading your way.


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boutiqueshops 2 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

Well now this gives me hope! I live in South Texas and I was growing a Mexican lime tree until it actually snowed here in Christmas 2004 and killed it. I didn't think you could grow citrus trees from seed unless you grafted two varieties together - one for the hardiness and one for the sweetness. I'll have to try again! Thanks!

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