It is essential that the seeds we are going to plant are organic lemon. Choose the one that you see more full of life and remember that it needs a lot of sun and moist soil.
We know that lemon trees flourish outdoors all year round, especially in regions where the climate is warm and sunny most of the time. Would you like to have a lemon tree at home?
When we have the possibility of rooting a lemon tree segment or cutting, the task of growing it is simpler and possibly we will receive the fruits in less time. However, the segments are very difficult to obtain and require much more special care to obtain results.
On the other hand, starting our lemon tree from the seed can give us a very rewarding experience even though it can take between 3 and 6 years to bear fruit.
Citrus fruits such as lemon offer us multiple properties for health and the great advantage of being able to grow them even in our home garden.
In addition, the fruits that they can give us in the long term are fresher, of better quality and free of all kinds of chemicals.
A lemon tree at home.
1. Choose an organic lemon.
It is very important that you get an organic lemon, as non-organic lemon seeds can be sterile.
Any type of organic lemon seed will work for you, but in case of space or climate limitations, we recommend getting a specific variety called Meyer lemon.
This type of lemon is smaller and is often used for ornamental purposes, which is why it can be planted in indoor pots.
2. Potting soil.
All types of organic soil can work for you, but we recommend using a mixture of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer.
A container with drainage holes, 5 or 6 inches (12 or 15 cm) deep and a few inches in diameter, will suffice for germination.
Keep in mind that later you will have to replant your tree when it has already germinated and that the lemon trees will prefer a container that is wider than deep, so try to choose a pot that is wider.
Lemon trees require a lot of sunlight, especially when they are sprouting. Ideally, you should place it near the window or in the garden so that it receives the necessary hours of sunlight.
In any case, if you are not in a suitable climate, you can get a grow light.
Lemon seed germination.
- First of all, you must pre-moisten the soil in the pot. To do this, place a part of the soil in a bucket or bucket and add water until the soil is very moist.
- Next, moisten the container and fill it with the soil. Remember to leave a few inches free before reaching the top.
- Split the lemon and choose the seed that you consider most full of life. Then put it in your mouth and suck it until the lemon flavor is gone. Keep in mind that the seed must remain moist in order to germinate. Therefore, try to keep it in your mouth until it is time to plant it.
- Plant the seed ½ inch (1.2 cm) below the soil, cover it with soil, and gently water it with a bottle or spray bottle.
- Cover the pot with a breathable plastic that allows you to keep the seeds warm and moist. You can use plastic wrap (cling film) or a clear garbage bag with some holes.
- Remember to place the container in a warm place where it can get sunlight. You should check it frequently, since you should not let the soil dry out completely. Keep in mind that excess heat or humidity can cause the seed to rot, so try to balance these two elements.
- After two or three weeks you will begin to see the sprout coming out of the ground. At that time you should remove the plastic and place the small plant where it is in direct sunlight.
- Finally, remember that you must start taking care of your plant every day, providing it with water, sunlight and organic fertilizer.