According to 1 Million Women, when life gives you lemons, make trees! So, the next time you are using a lemon to prepare lemonade or to sprinkle it on top of some meal, do not throw away the seeds, but keep them.
You can use them to grow your own lemon tree in your home! A lemon tree is one of the most beautiful plants ever- in addition to its pleasant, dark-green leaves and snow-white blooms, they also release a pleasant and refreshing aroma.
In a couple of years, you will begin to see fruits and flowers coming out of your lemon tree and you will be very proud!
Why Are Citrus Trees Good for Us?
- They are abundant in vitamin C and will boost your body’s fight against common colds and flu during winter
- Lemons can be used for the preparation of healthy drinks such as juices and smoothies, sprinkled on top of meals or warm tea, used for a lot of desserts, etc.
How to Grow a Lemon Tree from Seeds
Here is what you will need:
- Seeds from an organic lemon
- Potting soil and natural fertilizers like compost
- A pot of approximately 24 inches width and 12 inches depth
- Another pot with 6 inches width and 6 inches depth
Instructions for Planting:
First, moisten the potting soil (it needs to be damp, but not soaked). Then, fill the smaller pot with potting soil (leave an inch of free space below the rim). Now, cut the lemon and take out a seed. Clean it from pulp and then bury it right away in the smaller pot. It needs to be around ½ inch deep in the pot. Spray the soil above the seed with some water. Cover the pot with a plastic wrap and seal the edges. Poke tiny holes in the top with a pencil and put the pot in a warm and sunny area.
Spray water from time to time. The soil should never be dry- but moist. After approximately two weeks, when the sprouting begins, remove the cover. Make sure the plant now gets at least 8 hours of sunlight and add compost regularly. Inspect the tree for bugs or illnesses. Always cut off brown and dead leaves and use pesticides when needed. Once the plant becomes too big for the small pot, it needs to be transferred into the bigger one.
Happy planting and expect your lemons within two or three years!