Summer is the perfect time to savor the refreshing citrus aromas of lemon. Wouldn’t it be great to have your own tree in which you can choose when you want? Fortunately, lemon trees are among the easiest citrus fruits to grow in your garden. With a little planning and patience, you can pick your own lemons in a matter of months.
According to a Healthy Food House article, you should start with an organic lemon seed, since non-organic lemons usually have non-germinating seeds, which means your seed will never germinate. You will also need a seed pot, a planting pot and fertile soil. Make sure you have an indoor, but sunny, space and some plastic. You are now ready to plant!
Step 1: Moisten the soil
Lemons grow well in moist soil and tend to dry out very easily. Before planting, take the time to mix a little water in your soil until it is moist to the touch. Be careful not to make an earthen soup. You just want the soil to be too wet.
Step 2: Add soil
Fill your pot with soil, but be sure to leave an inch of space at the top.
Step 3: Choose your seed
Depending on the culture of Wild Ceeds, it is important not to let the lemon seed dry out at any time. The article suggests picking the best seed directly from the lemon and dropping it in your mouth to keep it safe.
Step 4: Plant your seed
Place your seed ½ inch below the surface. Take care to water the soil well.
Step 5: Cover the jar
Lemon seeds thrive in warm, sunny areas. Make sure to cover your pan with a little breathable plastic so the seed is protected from cold temperatures. While the seedlings are growing warm, make sure the soil does not dry out. Growing Wild Ceeds warns that this step in the process is a balancing act. If you think the seed is hot enough without the plastic, don’t use it. You don’t want to overheat the plant or trap too much moisture, as this could cause root rot. Make the necessary adjustments.
Step 6: grow the seeds
In about two weeks, you will start to see tiny shoots emerging from the earth. If you are still using plastic, it is not safe to permanently remove it. Make sure the lemon tree has lots of sun and is kept warm.
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