Growing a Lemon Tree From Seeds at Home
6 years...strong & healthy...all this from just one lemon seed
A Most Exciting Day
Today is a day that marks a momentous occasion in my gardening experience. Today I have planted my lemon tree in the ground. It is so exciting to me as I have coddled and loved on this plant for six years. From one tiny seed has come this amazing tree. Now the wait is on for a lemon which may not come for many years.
Drop down if you will and look at some of the early photos of this lemon tree. I had NO idea that it would turn from a seed to the lovely plant I have now. Yes, I do know the science of growing things but this was like magic to me Give it a try.
About 22 inches tall now....loving the abundant rain we have finally received
My little lemon tree grown from one seed (it hardly seems possible but it's true) is thriving. It is very happy right now in particular. We are having a dry spell so rain will be welcome. Despite the lack of rain it is a happy little plant.
It is very low maintenance however. I have kept it in semi-shade during its fragile moments as it grows. It is becoming strong and sturdy. I transplanted it into a larger pot a few weeks ago and it is looking better than ever.
I know a lemon is years away but this is thrilling to me....obviously it does not take much to thrill me.
New Photo Op of the Little Lemon Tree
Here is my baby.....about 14 inches tall
Lemon Tree....today...growing growing
The Tallest Fledgling Tree is a Year Of Age Now; the tiny one is about 3 months
Lovely lemon ....sliced and ready to be 'de-seeded'
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. One of the ways I use them is in my daily lemon water so I wanted really flavorful 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
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.
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
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
Take a peek at the video below to see more ideas...
Some Uses for Lemons You May Not Know
The Fledgling Lemon Trees
What You Need to do This at Home
Six or eight lemon seeds
- Warm water
- 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 lemons, throw 'em back and yell, "I wanted chocolate."— unknown
What to do
- Rinse seeds and place in warm water to soak overnight.
- Place plant soil you have prepared in a pot.
- Put two or three seeds in about a half to three quarters of an inch deep.
- Cover gently.
After this initial process, water daily.
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
Consuming lemon juice
may help with
having trouble sleeping
nervousness or feeling anxious
corns and callouses
removes toxic substances from our body
This is an update on the little trees
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Patricia Scott