How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seeds | A Garden Season Guide

Wondering how to grow a lemon tree from seeds? Growing lemon from seeds can be very easy–If you know what to do. Normally, lemon trees would flourish outdoors and thrive in hot regions. But, if you have a limited space outdoors or troubled by the cold weather outside, no need to worry! Citrus fruits like lemon can also thrive indoors and can be a perfect addition to your beautiful indoor garden.

How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seeds In 7 Easy Steps

If you're fond of drinking lemonade or is a fan of the various home remedies a lemon can do like I am, wouldn't it be awesome to hand-pick fresh lemons in the comforts of your home? So, the next time you're squeezing some lemons for your lemonade, save up those seeds to grow into your very own lemon tree!

I currently have ten lemon seedlings and seeing them blossom is such a fun and satisfying experience. If you want to get those green thumbs working, scroll on for a fun and easy way on how to grow a lemon tree from seeds.


Step One: Get A Lemon

I suggest you look for an organic lemon. Non-organic lemons may have dud seeds in them which are incapable of the germination process. While any variety of organic lemon will do, I prefer using the Meyer variety. This variety produces smaller lemons and is best suited for indoor planting.


Step Two: Get The Lemon Seeds

Cut the lemon in half, making sure the seeds would not be damaged. Collect as many seeds as you can to increase the chances of successful sprouting seeds. Separate the bad seeds from the good seeds. The bad seeds are the ones you accidentally damaged upon cutting the lemon in half.


Step Three: Peel The Seeds

The seeds are slimy so it would be hard for you to peel it off immediately. What you can do is to clean the good seeds using a paper towel to take off the slime. Once the seeds are clean, peel the seeds from the top to bottom. In removing the shell, you need to be very careful and be sure to avoid damaging the seeds.


Step Four: Soak and Store

After peeling the seeds, soak it in a wet paper towel. Place the seeds on the wet paper towel and cover it. Once you've secured the seeds in the sheet, get a ziplock or a plastic bag and label it with the date you sealed it. Store the seeds in a warm, dark place. In about 8 to 10 days, the seeds will start sprouting and they're now ready for planting!


Step Five: Prepare to Plant

If you have a planting pot, you can go ahead and use it. But if there's no pot in your house, you can use a clear plastic bottle and cut it in half. Using a clear plastic bottle can help you see when the roots start to develop and make you determine when it's time to transplant your lemon tree.

Put holes at the bottom so the excess water can drain, then fill it with fertile potting soil. It's best to use a mix of peat moss, perlite, and organic fertilizer for your potting soil. This will help your seeds to sprout beautifully.


Step Six: Plant the Sprouting Seeds

With the use of a toothpick, dig a small hole in your potting soil. Take one of your sprouting seeds and with the root facing downward, plant it in the soil, leaving the seed visible at the top so you can see it progress. You can put two seeds per container.


Step Seven: Water and Wait

Water the seedlings thoroughly to let the potting soil settle in. Place your seedlings in a warm, bright place but away from direct sunlight. Wait until the leaves sprout.


Here is a step by step video about growing lemon from seeds:

Now that you're done growing lemon from seeds, all you have to do is sit and watch. Watching your lemon tree grow is such a wonderful experience! I love the part where the leaves of the plant start to sprout! So, are you planning on growing lemon from seeds now? I'm sure it'll be fun! You can even do this garden activity with your children.


Do you have some tips on growing lemon from seeds? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! You can also try growing potatoes in straw for a year-round harvest!


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6 thoughts on “How To Grow A Lemon Tree From Seeds | A Garden Season Guide”

  1. i planted 25 lemon seeds 24 germinated and are about 3inchs tall do i leave them and wait till spring ,its now november

  2. Pingback: Zitronenbäumchen selbst ziehen, wann ernten, wie lange am Baum? Können grüne Zitronen nachreifen? ¤ Growing lemons from seed, when to harvest, can green lemons still get ripe? – NVP – Der Skandinavien-Kreis

  3. I drink honey and lemon water every morning. Last year, I thought, why not try to grow a tree? All I did was plant a pip in compost in a pot. It’s now had one reporting and is a foot tall with sideshoots. I keep it on a sunny windowsill and have started putting it in the greenhouse for a couple of hours. Tangerine tree, the same. Direct from the fruit itself. No problems, a joy to grow. I live in the UK and am not expecting fruit from them, but that doesn’t matter

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