Have you sliced a zesty lemon before and wondered if you can plant a lemon seed? Surprisingly, you can throw some lemon seeds in a corner in your garden and they’ll germinate. That’s how easy and possible it is to grow lemon trees. However, if you want to see them grow and bear fruits, follow this guide to lemon seed propagation for success!
Growing A Lemon Tree Indoors From A Lemon Seed
Like most citrus fruits, lemon grows in warmer climates. This poses a problem in my hardiness zone 7 when I’m such a sucker for lemons–from lemonade to lemon meringues and all the amazing use for lemons. Luckily, lemon grows in containers and they grow quite well indoors. If you love lemons too, why not germinate a lemon seed from the ones you bought from the grocery store. You can grow lemon trees even in your cold climate not just for the fruits but for the lovely-smelling flowers too. Help yourself to this simple guide from Grow Organic Peaceful Valley for germinating a lemon seed and growing lemon trees!
Let’s Get Started!
Tools And Materials To Grow A Lemon Seed
- Fresh lemons
- Knife and chopping board
- Planters with saucers
- Potting soil
- Moistened peat moss
How To Grow Lemons In Containers
Step 1. Lemon Seed Propagation
Growing lemon from seeds is quite easy, you can even start the seeds of lemons from the grocery store. Although taking off the husk of lemon seeds speed up germination by a week or two, I’ve conducted an experiment where the unpeeled lemon seeds eventually caught up to my peeled lemon seed sprouts. You can follow this guide to germinating lemon seeds and growing lemon from them here.
Step 2. Preparing Soil And Container
Since lemons are plants with an extensive root system, you might want to choose a deep planter to start lemon seeds in. You can also start the seeds in small biodegradable planters to transfer them later in deeper planters. To permanently transplant established 2-year old lemon seedlings, you will need 5 to 7-gallon planters at least 15 inches tall with a saucer which I will have to explain later.
Light and well-draining soil are the best for growing lemons in. Take out some peat moistened peat moss, potting soil, and perlite. Mix a third of these materials together in a container to make the soil for growing lemons in. Avoid potting soil with added wetting agents because that will keep your soil too moist.
Step 3. Transplanting Lemon Seedlings
Slide the lemon seedling from its container and examine the roots carefully. Trim some parts that are maybe dry and fluff them up of they’re matted. Add an inch or two of perlite in the bottom of the planter and gently place the root ball in the bottom of the planter. Hold the base of the seedling and keep adding your soil mix in the planter all around the root ball up to the base of the lemon tree.
Step 4. Caring For Transplanted Lemon Seedling
Water the soil around your lemon tree to eliminate air pockets and settle the soil and roots. You can also add compost tea fertilizer for the much-needed fertilizer for your lemon tree. You can also pick from these homemade organic fertilizer recipes for available sources near you to make organic fertilizer for your lemon.
Step 5. Humidifying Indoor Lemon Plant
Lemon trees like high humidity which can be a problem indoors during winter. If your lemon trees will use the protection of your home indoors in winter make sure you have a humidifier. You can also us the saucer which I have pointed out earlier to help humidify your lemon tree. Never let your lemon planter sit in water so put small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the saucer then fill it with water without drowning the rocks. Place your pot of lemon on top of the rocks or you can also spray the foliage once in a while.
Indoor Lemon Plant Care Tips
When moving the lemon plants indoors or outdoors, put the plant in the shade for a couple of weeks but the best time to make the switch is when the temperatures are the same both inside and outside. Put your tree in a sunny window where the plant can get as much amount of sunlight as they can. Give the pot a quarter turn every week so all side of the plant gets exposed to enough sunlight.
Follow the full guide to growing lemon indoors in this video:
Wasn’t lemon seed propagation easy peasy? Repotting lemon trees can be challenging but its worth your effort to have both an ornamental plant with vibrant foliage and aromatic flowers as well as a source of food indoors. So, have you started saving the seeds of lemons now? Have a great time growing lemon trees in containers and germinating a lemon seed!
How’s your own lemon seed germination going? I’m excited to hear all about it in the comments section below!
Wondering if you can grow seeds of store-bought fruits? Learn how to grow fruits here to grow more fruits from their seeds.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Feature image source via Rachon