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Life doesn't give you lemons. You give lemons life.

Updated on April 23, 2017

Home grown lemons....

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Half of the 2017 harvest of 12 lemons from just one of our two indoor trees.  We have planted a third, once again from seed.
Half of the 2017 harvest of 12 lemons from just one of our two indoor trees. We have planted a third, once again from seed. | Source

hDon'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 waterings, 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.


Shopping List

ITEMS
AMOUNT
ON HAND
POT(S)
1 OR SEVERAL
 
PLANTING SOIL
ENOUGH FOR POT(S)
 
SEEDS
2 OR SEVERAL
 
WATER
SUFFICIENT
 
SUNSHINE
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....

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Progress

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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      Patricia Scott 18 months ago from sunny Florida

      Glad to see another soul is in love with growing lemons. What fun it is!!!

      I am always telling folks how easy it is and they really must give it a try...I fear I sound like a broken record.

      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      If anything, after the initial planting and some occasional drops of plant food (as suggested) the only thing we have done, other than watering and placing in a south-facing window, has been to "top off" the pots with a little added potting soil to keep the roots covered.

      At this point it is time to transplant to a larger pot with more potting soil for their continued growth. To do that, simply select larger pots with sufficient, moistened, potting soil, and cover the root ball of the lemon plants with fresh soil and water again. Transplanting is done.

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      John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice hub and good advice for growing lemons. I have never tried to grow them indoors but we have bush lemons and kaffir lime trees growing outside. I have certainly had cars that are lemons too.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - It is just plain fun to have something growing indoors and watching it develop and mature. That's why I recommend it as a children's project. Have a great day and a great weekend coming up.

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      I've never tried to do this, but I bet it would be fun. I like making my own fresh lemonade!

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      Patty Inglish 18 months ago from North America

      I like your thoughtful title and photos and I love lemons in a variety of dishes and beverages, but enjoy just looking at the trees and fruit. Wonderful Hub! I may try growing some now.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear F.A..

      If you haven't had your fun yet today, give it a try, and watch your joy grow, too.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Patty Inglish, MS - I have yet to guess right as to whether the MS means you hold a Master of Science degree or are a Miss or a Missus disguising as a Ms. You and FlourishAnyway can have a growing contest. Report in monthly with the height attained, and add to the fun.

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      Judy Specht 18 months ago from California

      As a true California native it never occurred to me anyone would grow lemons in the house. I grown a tree from seeds but I might try for the fun of it. The tree in my yard was six feet tall when we moved here 23 years ago. We keep it about that size, but I don't think I could grow from it's seeds. It's a Meyer and they are hybrid. You have me thinking in a whole new way about lemons.

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      Patty Inglish 18 months ago from North America

      A growing contest would be a lot of fun!

      The MS means the degree and I was in the habit of writing my signature that way at the university and used it automatically for a few years. In real life, it's not necessary, is it? :)

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Parry Inglish, MS - But, now it has meaning Mrs. Inglish. Here's hoping this long weekend (in Utah where teachers' convention is this weekend, so the kids get a vacation and parents scramble to cover the homefront) is a wonderful weekend for you, too.

      With a high temperature today of 78 F. it looks like yard and garden cleanup weekend here. And, of course there is football to be considered.

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      Patty Inglish 18 months ago from North America

      Ha ha, actually it's "miss" so I could be MS Patty Inglish MS. No one has pointed that out before - great fun, so thanks! Happy 78 F and I'll be reading more of your Hubs.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear T.T. - Thinking new thoughts from new ideas is what life is all about. No lemons in doing that.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Patty,

      Why not write a Hub comparing what Native Americans of Canada were able to do to defeat a Canadian pipeline's desecration of Mother Earth through their treaty lands, to the seeming helplessness of America's Native Americans to protect Mother Earth when the proposed XL pipeline finally chews up their sovereign reservation lands?

      When it was last being voted on in Conress (a vote that failed) a group of Native Americans were excluded from the chamber and arrested (I understand) for singing a Native American song from the gallery during the voting!

      I am in awe at your many, many accomplishments. You have been spending your life force incredibly wisely.

      Demas

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      Patty Inglish 18 months ago from North America

      Dear Perspycacious - Thank you for the top notch suggestion! I will look into that very soon, now that you have put it before my eyes.

      A Native American friend was nearly run out of a mostly WASP Cincinnati suburb about 20 years ago. She left years later of her own accord, but singing in the gallery brought it back to mind. Was it "disturbing the peace"?

      Thanks for the kind words as well.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Patty,

      I believe it was disorderly conduct, but an Oklahoma senator ought to be able to confirm that, if a Bing search cannot.

      My "kind words" are well-deserved. I'm glad we found each other. Demas

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      How do you pollinate the flowers? Do you ever put the plants outside for that reason?

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - No, but with four to ten of us here in the right months (for pollination of the lemons) we have enough opening of doors for flyers and desperate fruit flies, that there seems no lack of pollinators. A small paint-by-the-numbers paint brush would probably do the trick to, if the grower was that desperate. In the seasonally warm months, outdoor excursions would work, too, but have not been deemed necessary.

      Darken the room in which your computer screen is turned on tonight, and I think you need not be surprised when a few very small potential pollinators show up on your screen.

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      I would love to do this but sadly I'm not in an area with a micro-climate (though there are some in England) so it would have to be indoors. I have hardly any room for the odd pot-plant, let alone a lemon tree, so I must just sit and dream and make good use of the lemons I buy by making a lemon meringue, a lemon cheesecake or (my favourite) putting a thick slice of lemon into my gin and tonic!

      Great advice!

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 17 months ago

      Living in south Florida provides us lots of fresh lemons from friends who grow them. They are indeed a great health benefit and add so much to a dish. I drink a slice in water every morning. Growing them in the living room sounds interesting. Thanks for the information.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - A sixth of a lemon, peel and all (minus the seeds) can be of enormous health benefits and, thus, was a Hub topic. I recommend that added stepping stone to good health.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - Stop right there! I currently have two "trees" no taller than finger tips to shoulder tall, and finger tips to elbow wide, and there are no "trees" tring to make a hole in my ceilings, much less a hole in the roof.

      Now, will their production of lemons meet all your needs for making lemon meringue pies, lemon cheesecakes, and enough lemons for your daily teas? No. But as with other houseplants, they can produce; they can help with keeping the air in your home healthy and properly humidified. Plus, growing one or two is fun.

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Ok; point taken! Have just been talking to a friend who is growing lemon trees in Wales, so there's hope for me yet.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - Hope springs eternal, and eternity is our one great hope.

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