Lemons offer just as much benefit as any other citrus fruit. Although they’re more commonly known for being rich in vitamin C, citrus fruits are actually rich in other vitamins and minerals as well such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and so on. Lemons can provide such vitamins and minerals with the added benefit of being easy to grow on your own. This way, you’re sure of the freshness and the quality of the lemon you’re using instead of relying on store-bought ones which may even be contaminated with pesticides and chemicals. Here’s how you can grow a lemon tree right in your own home.
• Organic lemon
• Fertile soil
• Planting pot – about 6” wide by 6” deep
• Plastic wrap
• Rubber band
• Seedling pot – about 24” wide by 12” deep
Notes before planting:
• Make sure you have an organic lemon instead of the non-organic ones. This is because non-organic fruits may not have germinating seeds.
• For your potting soil, you can make it fertile by adding natural fertilizers such as vermiculite, perlite, or peat. Try to avoid chemical fertilizers to maintain an all-natural lemon tree.
• Make sure you have a spot indoors that is exposed to a healthy dose of sunlight which would allow your lemon tree to photosynthesize and grow. A grow light would also be helpful to keep your plant lighted even during evenings.
1. Prepare your pot. Fill your planting pot with damp, fertile soil until the soil is about an inch from the rim. In moistening your soil, make sure that it’s not soaked in water. Just damp.
2. Prepare the seed. Cut open the organic lemon and remove its seed. Remove any pulp that may have adhered to the seed’s surface by sucking on the seed.
3. Plant immediately. Keep in mind that the seed must still be moist when it’s planted in the soil so immediately place it about ½ inch below the surface of the soil at the center of the planting pot. Pack the soil gently on top of it. Use a spray bottle to spritz some water on the soil directly above where the seed was planted.
4. Cover the pot. Using a clear plastic wrap, cover the top portion of the pot and secure the edges using a rubber band. Poke some small holes in the plastic wrap using a pen, pencil, or any object with a blunt point.
5. First maintenance. You’ll need to wait about two weeks before you see the sproutling. In the meantime, keep the pot in a warm place with adequate sunlight. Always keep the soil moist by spraying water occasionally, and don’t allow it to dry out. Don’t spray too much water either. A moist soil is enough.
6. Remove the cover. Once you see the sproutling emerge, it’s time to take off the plastic wrap.
7. Second maintenance. Make sure your plant is getting 8 hours of light every day. You can even use a grow light during the evenings or as a supplement to the sun’s light. Keep your plant in a warm place and always make sure the soil is damp. You can use natural or organic fertilizers to support the growth of your plant and again, try to avoid chemical fertilizers. Regularly prune off dead or brown leaves to avoid disease and make sure your plant is not becoming a home for pests. Don’t use pesticides unless it’s absolutely necessary.
8. Transferring. You can move the plant into the seedling pot once it outgrows the planting pot. It won’t need as much watering as it grows but it must always still be properly fed with sunlight and water. Continue pruning regularly and keeping an eye out for pests.
You can also buy a baby lemon tree instead and plant it on a plastic or clay pot with holes at the bottom for drainage. Once your lemon tree matures, you’ll need to transfer it again into a planter with a larger room for its roots. Wait for the lemons to ripe before harvesting.