So, you’re wondering how to grow lemon trees from seed, but you’re worried the climate you live in may be slightly too cold to sustain them? Fear not, we’ve got some hints and tips that will ensure that you can cultivate healthy, fruiting trees despite the winter weather! Citrus fruits like lemon can also be grown inside and flourish with the right care and maintenance. Here’s how!
Step One: Choosing a Variety of Lemon.
Firstly, we’d recommend choosing an organic lemon as these are less likely to contain ‘dud’ seeds which won’t germinate.
Step Two: Removing the Seeds.
Half the lemon with a sharp knife, keeping all of the seeds that the knife hasn’t made contact with or damaged. By keeping all of them, you increase the chances of sprouting successful seeds.
Step Three: Peeling the Seeds.
We’d recommend drying the seeds first with a paper towel to make this process easier, as they can be quite slimy. Once this is complete, simply place the seeds on a wet paper towel in a warm, dark environment. Bingo! After a week or so, you should see that some of them have begun to sprout. They are now ready to be planted.
Step Four: Preparing to plant.
At this stage, most people choose to plant the seeds temporarily in a clear plastic bottle with the top cut off. This enables you to see the plant developing its root system, letting you know when it is time to transplant into a pot. Remember to poke a few holes in the bottom of the bottle to allow excess water to drain out and use fertile potting soil.
Step Five: Planting
Once a healthy root system has developed, you can then gently manoeuvre your plant into its permanent home. Gentle dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and transplant into this new home, leaving the seed resting on the surface so that you can monitor its progress.
Now that we’ve run through the initial stages of growing lemon trees from seed, here is some additional information which will guarantee success. Below, we will run through what types of lemon trees produce the best fruit, what pots to use, and how to care for your trees.