It is a really good idea to produce lemons at your home since you do not know what kind of lemons you are buying in the grocery stores. The difference in the quality, freshness and taste is enormous. Your lemons will be totally organic with no chemicals.
You can use the peels or put the lemons in a tea or a smoothie in the morning. To produce these lemons at your own home you only need to buy one baby lemon tree which is around two or three years old.
You will also need a plastic pot or clay that has poked holes on its bottom. The pot that you use must be bigger than the root of the small lemon tree. After the tree grows, you need to transfer it in a bigger pot. The pot should be at least 12 to 15 inches deep and 17 to 20 inches in diameter.
Moreover, place some stones inside the clay to improve its air flow and of course put some soil when you are planting the lemon tree. You can look for a special soil prepared for growing fruits and citrus tree and you will get the best results.
The tree needs sunlight about eight to ten hours per day. Be careful not to put a lot of water since it can destroy the tree. It is needed from six to nine months for this fruit to be ripe and when the fruit gets the appropriate color, it is ready.
Read the next tips if you like to grow lemon tree from simple seeds:
- Do not purchase non-organic lemon since those seeds do not germinate and you will need organic one.
- You need fertile soil for the pot and that is the one which has perlite, natural fertilizers, peat, and vermiculite.
- You need a pot to plant it in and the pot should be at least 6 inches in depth and 6 inches in diameter.
- After the tree grows, you will need a pot which is 24 inches in diameter and 12 inches in depth.
- The location in your house for the lemon tree must be at a sunny place or you will need a grow lamp.
Steps to grow a lemon tree at your home:
- The potting soils must be damp and with moisture but you do not need to soak all the soil.
- Fill the pot with soil and fill the pot one inch below its top rim.
- Split the lemon in a couple pieces and take just one seed. You simply need sucking the lemon or pulping the surface.
- Do not delay the process of planting. Bury the lemon seed in the soil which must be moist. After you have the seed planted in 1/2 of an inch deep in the middle of the pot.
- Water it with a spray bottle and spray above the seed a few times.
- Cover the lemon clay with a plastic wrap and put rubber band used for sealing the edge and after that poke a couple of holes on the plastic wrap using a needle.
- Place the pot in a sunny and warm place of the house.
- The soil should not be too moist and put some water frequently or use water and it will be splashing through the holes. In fact, the soil should have moisture but only a little the whole time.
- Remove the plastic wrap after the sprout is emerging, and expect this to happen after two weeks. You need to utilize a grow lamp to get more sun since the lemon tree has a necessity of a lot of sun heat.
- The soil needs to be damp and it must be at least eight hours per day under the sun and put a proper dose of organic fertilizer every day.
- The plant should be protected from diseases or insects and you should take care of it. Remove the dead and brown leaves and protect the tree on that way.
- After the baby lemon is too big for the pot, put it in a bigger pot. You need to do the same as when you planted it in the small pot. Moreover, it will also need proper watering. However, it does not need as much water as the small lemon tree. Still do not starve the tree, water it frequently.