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Life Doesn't Give You Lemons. You Give Lemons Life.
Home grown lemons....
Don't sour on the idea of growing your own lemons. After all, make a guess at how many seeds you have thrown away already. You could have a grove of lemon trees by now. Start today.
In a supermarket one day a lady was carefully selecting the "just perfect" lemons to take home. I waited patiently while she searched, rejected, and finally chose hers. When she was about to leave, I said "That's not fair! All you left for me are the lemons!"
That expression, that something is a lemon, explains why when I do a Google search for "lemons" most of the references that come up are for used automobiles.
Actually, lemons are not hard to grow indoors, and depending on where you live, you can even start them indoors and transplant them into your own grove of lemon trees.
The only things required are sunshine, good soil, frequent watering, and those lemon seeds you have been throwing away....oh, and you probably want one or more pots for the soil, seeds, and water; a south-facing window is probably a necessity, too.
1 OR SEVERAL
ENOUGH FOR POT(S)
2 OR SEVERAL
DIRECT & SUFFICIENT
Gather/Plant/Water/Grow....Enjoy The Process
List in hand, you can check what you already have on hand.
Some experienced indoor gardeners recommend that you soak the lemon seeds in water overnight before planting, but, if you are planting seeds you have fresh from a lemon, they have already been soaking in lemon juice and tantalizing them with a fresh water bath will not add to their joy at getting planted where you want them to grow.
Put the soil in the pot(s), water the soil to be moist throughout, and plant a pair of seeds an inch or two apart and two-thirds of an inch deep in each pot, covering the lemon seeds with some of the moistened soil.
Place the planted pot(s) in or near the south-facing window you have chosen and allow the sunshine to shine directly on the planted lemon pot(s).
Early growth will depend on frequent waterings so the soil and seeds do not dry out. If the sunshine location has almost too much sun, water twice a day early and late, otherwise a good, soaking, daily watering may suffice.
To see your lemon plants bursting forth may take the length of time you would normally wait for an online order to arrive when you don't pay for "Express" shipping.
Once your plant(s) are up and growing, just continue the waterings and once a month add a few drops of liquid all-purpose plant food.
The plants will have beautiful leaves you can enjoy for the first year, and by the second or third year you will be seeing small, white lemon blossoms. Some will drop off without setting fruit, while others will give rise to little, round, green globes that will become bigger and bigger and with continuing care will give you your own sunshine-yellow lemons from your own lemon bush that will become a lemon tree.
This process is a great one for children to enjoy. They may also want to try this process with orange, grapefruit, cherry, mango, and avocado seeds.
If the children become proficient in this process, they can even plant tomato seeds for next year's gardening! Normally February is a good time to start garden transplants from seed.
Lemons growing in the living room....
The two original trees have blossomed again this year. They delight in the large, south-facing windows and self-polinate with no seeming problem. Now they need larger pots for even larger harvests. (See again the second photo above.)
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