HOW TO GROW LEMONS FROM SEED?
Growing a lemon trees from seed is surprisingly straight forward, and something that anyone can do if they have a warm, sunny windowsill. Getting the seed is probably the hardest part; you can either buy online through a specialist supplier or – if you only want a few – collect your own from shop bought fruit.
Cut open the fruit and once you have exposed the seed, remove the seed and wash off any fruit residue. You should always clean seed collected from within fruiting bodies as they contain chemicals which actively prevent seed germination. Place the ‘clean’ seed into a glass of water and discard any that immediately float to the surface as these will not be viable – be aware that smaller seed may rise as air bubbles form on the surface of the seed coat. If you have a variety of seed sizes you may also wish to discard any that look undersized as these are unlikely to have a large enough store of energy required for successful germination. Once you have selected your seed it can be dried off and stored in an envelope until required.
After approximately three weeks - although they can be left in there for a month or so should they need to be – they can be removed from the fridge ready for potting on. Soak the seeds for a couple of hours or so before planting them into 2-3 inch pots. Only sow 1 seed per pot using a good quality, free draining soil based compost such as John Innes seed or No1, then water in.
Germination should occur anytime from 4 – 6 weeks, but don’t worry if it takes a little longer as lemon seeds have been known to take several months before they show.
The newly emerged seedlings can be left in their pots for a further 3 – 6 months depending on how they develop but once they get to about 4 or 5 inches they can be potted on to the next size pot using a John Innes ericaceous mix or No2 potting compost. So long as there are no frosts predicted the young lemon plants can be put out side to harden off over the next two to three weeks.
During the growing period they can be regularly watered and feed with a water soluble fertilizer once a week. You can often get yellowing of the leaves with lemons due to chlorosis but this can be dealt with by feeding with an acidic plant food.
Tip out the seedling depending on whether you are growing your lemon plant as a bush, wall shrub or standard, or you can leave it alone, allowing it to take on its natural shape.
Although relatively hardy, keep your young lemon plant inside for its first winter. For subsequent winters it can be left or protected depending on the weather in you area.
For more information click onto:
Buy Melon Seed
Can You Over-Winter Citrus Outside?
Cold Hardy Citrus Varieties for Over-Wintering Outside
Detox you Body with Fresh Fruit
Growing Orange Trees from Seed
How do you Harden off Seedlings?
How to Compost
How to Germinate and Grow Melon Plants from Seed
How to Germinate and Grow Okra from Seed Indoors
How to Germinate and Grow Watermelon Seed Indoors
How to Grow Agave from Seed
How to Grow Aubergines From Seed
How to Grow Avocado from Seed
How to Grow Banana Trees from Seed
How to Grow the Baobab from Seed
How to Grow Citrus from Seed
How to Grow Citrus Trees
How Grow Courgettes from Seed
How to Grow Celery from Seed
How to Grow Cucumbers from Seed
How to Grow Cauliflowers from Seed
How to Grow Cucumbers from Seed
How to Grow From Seed
How to Grow Geraniums from Seeds
How to Grow Marrows from Seed
How to Grow Melons
How to Grow Melons in a Greenhouse
How to Grow Eggplants from Seed
How to Grow Lemons from Seed
How to Grow Melon Plants from Seed Outdoors
How to Grow an Orange Tree from Seed
How to Grow Orchids
How to Grow Palm Trees from Seed
How to Grow the Sago Palm from Seed
How to Grow Vegetables?
How to Grow Watermelon Plants from Seed Outdoors
How to Grow Wisteria
How to Over-Winter Citrus Plants outside
The Banana Tree
What is a Baobab tree?
The Lemon Tree
Vitamin A Food
What is Agave?
What is Composting?
Why is Fresh Fruit so Good for You?
Photo care of http://www.mostlymaths.net/ and http://ourbelovedearth.blogspot.com/2010/01/giy-grow-your-own-lemon-trees-from-seed.html