When life gives you lemon… what should you do?
Besides making lemonade, you can use the seeds to get more lemons!
Lemon is an amazing fruit and it’s so useful for various purposes in the household.
Now imagine when you can get free lemons from your garden! How amazing is that?!
In this post we’ll talk about how to grow lemon from seeds.
I hope you can find some insight in this article and if you’re interested, don’t forget to try this quick guide at home!
Lemon Tree Specification
Lemon is part of the Rutaceae family. The family covers various citrus fruits such as grapefruit, key lime, yuzu, and so on.
Lemon or Citrus limon is a plant that typically needs low maintenance.
It needs partial to full sunlight just like other citrus plant. But it doesn’t mean you cannot grow it indoor.
If you plant it on direct soil, lemon trees can grow up to 20 feet tall. However, potted lemon trees usually grow noticeably shorter.
Lemon trees, like most of other citrus plants, have thorns on their twigs.
Lemon tree has white flowers with a mild, pleasant fragrance. It produce lemon fruits which has yellow skin, oval shape and very acid taste.
How to Grow Lemons from Seeds
Now lemon tree can make a perfect plant for your garden. It can provide edible fruit and pretty landscaping material.
Growing lemon seeds can be done for cheap.
Prepare The Seeds
Go to your local grocery store and buy some lemons.
At home, peel the lemons and find the seeds inside.
You can gently cut the citrus flesh but you have to be careful so you don’t hurt the seeds.
After extracting all the seeds from the flesh, collect all of those seeds on a paper towel to remove the wetness.
In a glass of water, put all of those seeds. The purpose of this step is to wash away the pulp and the citrus juice from the lemon flesh (which can prevent seed germination) and also to early detect “bad seeds”.
If you see any floating seeds, remove them away. They usually have low potential to grow well.
Collect the washed seeds on a clean paper towel and they’re ready for propagation.
Plant The Seeds
The very first step of growing the seeds into a big plant is propagation.
We want the seeds to turn into seedlings (little cute baby plants) which has a bright chance to grow well into a mature tree.
The propagation is a crucial step. Usually, not every seed becomes seedlings. Some of them refuse to show up above the ground. Many factors involve in this critical step so you need to be careful to support the seed growth.
Fill your planting pot with a moist soil up to 3/4 of the pot, approximately. You can use citrus soil or tropical plant soil.
Make sure that the pot has drainage holes.
Plant your seeds in 1/2 inch depth.
After that, spray your soil to increase the moisture. (MAKE SURE IT’S NOT SOGGY!).
Cover your seedling pot with a plastic wrap to reduce water loss.
Make sure the seeds are always moist during the whole germination period. Don’t let it dry!
After about 2 weeks, when the seedlings appear (looks like a seed with tails) it’s time to remove the plastic covering.
It’s also time to let them see the world a bit more (let them feel more warmth of sunlight), ideally 8 hours per day.
Planting The Young Plants
After 2-3 months, if the pot gets a bit crowded, it’s time to repot them.
Give each plant a big container to let them grow happily.
Let them enjoy a warm sunlight every day.
You can give them water twice a week or as needed.
After 3 years, the healthy, happy lemon plants should have produced blossoms and fruits.
Remember that lemon plants are heavy-feeders and sunlight-lovers so the more you give them proper sunlight, the quicker they can grow and produce fruits (normally in 2-3 years).
A lemon is ready to harvest when it has reached its full size, yellow color, and slightly glossy skin.
You can easily pick the lemons gently with your hands. Grab the entire fruit with your hand, twist it, and pull it away.
Now 3 years might sound so long, but don’t worry! Once the lemon tree achieves maturity, it can become very productive.
Different varieties can have different harvesting months. That being said, lemon trees usually always have flowers and ripe fruit at any time of the year.
So, happy gardening!