Summer is the best time to grow your own lemon trees, and you can start doing this with just some planning. You will need patience though because these are among one of the easiest citrus fruits to grow even if you are a beginner!
Ready to get your lemon tree started? You should start with a seed from an organic citrus because non-organic lemons generally do not germinate.
Make sure that you have the right potting soil and sunlight, as well as some plastic for protection during planting time!
Step 1: Moisten the Soil
If you want to grow lemons, make sure the soil is moist before planting. Water your new lemon trees well and deeply so that they don’t dry out too quickly in their first season on earth!
Step 2: Add Soil
Now that you have filled your pot with soil, don’t forget to leave one-inch space at the top.
Step 3: Choose Your Seed
In order to avoid drying out, always make sure the seed is moist. Take the best looking seed from the lemon and pop it in your mouth for safekeeping and protection from moisture loss!
Step 4: Plant Your Seed
Using the guidelines above, make sure to water your seed properly. We recommend watering ¼ an inch deep and thoroughly soaking in order for it all absorb into soil before planting again!
Step 5: Cover The Pot
Lemon seeds love the warmth and sunshine. Make sure to cover your pot with breathable plastic so they don’t get cool, which can kill them! While these little guys like it hot (literally), make sure their soil isn’t too dry as well. Everything is in the balance.
Plastic can trap in too much moisture, which will cause root rot. So if you think the seed is warm enough without it, don’t use any plastic! You want to avoid overheating your plant and suffocating its roots instead.
Step 6: Seedlings Sprout
In about two weeks, you will start to see tiny sprouts popping up from your lemon tree’s soil. If it is still being covered with plastic, do not remove it permanently. Make sure your tree is placed under sunlight to keep it warm.
Tips for Beginners:
Lemon trees are a great plant to have around the house. However, if you want your lemon tree’s survival rate and longevity on this earth as high of possible then there is some advice that will help make sure of it!
1. Place outdoors
It’s crucial to place your tree outdoors during daylight so it can bear fruit and bees are able pollinate.
2. Be aware of your location
Lemons should be kept at room temperature with access to water and a shady place. If your area is too warm, consider the direct sunlight for long periods of time or heating them indoors in wintertime!
3. Maintain a proper temperature
The lemon plant requires a temperature of 70 degrees F during the day and 55 at night. If the daytime highs fall below 54, it will go into dormancy to conserve energy for growth without fruit production.