Lemon trees are wonderfully suited for indoor growth, requiring only a sunny windowsill, suitable soil, and a dash of patience. While it may take a few years for an indoor lemon tree to bloom and bear fruit, the glossy leaves and rapid growth make it a captivating addition. To guide you through the process of growing a lemon tree from seeds, let’s explore the essential steps.

Items Needed:

  • One or two lemons (preferably organic)
  • Small plastic zip bag and paper towel
  • Sterile citrus soil or a mix of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer
  • 10 cm pots (terracotta or plastic)

Additionally, you’ll require a warm, shaded place for germination and a sunny location once the lemon trees sprout.

Germinate Seeds in Paper Towels:

  1. Gather the Seeds:
    • Collect seeds from a juicy, organic lemon.
    • Use a minimum of 5 seeds, considering not all may germinate.
    • Rinse and dry the seeds.
  2. Remove White Skin (Optional):
    • Optionally, peel the white skin to expedite germination without harming the sprout.
  3. Wrap in Damp Paper Towel:
    • Place seeds on a paper towel, spray until damp, and cover with another layer.
    • Seal in a plastic bag, noting the date.
  4. Place in a Warm, Shaded Area:
    • Keep the bag in a warm, shaded place, away from drafts.
  5. Wait for Germination:
    • After 2 to 4 weeks or when roots are 3 to 5 cm long, seeds are ready.

Prepare Soil and Pots:

  1. Prepare the Soil:
    • Pots should be at least 7 cm in diameter and 10 cm in height.
    • Use citrus potting mix or create a blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer.
  2. Separate Seedlings:
    • Carefully separate seedlings from the paper towel.
  3. Plant Seedlings:
    • Plant seedlings about 3 cm deep, considering root length.
  4. Keep Soil Moist:
    • Keep the soil moist until 4 to 5 leaves appear on each plant.
    • Gradually move plants to a sunny window, ensuring they don’t dry out.
  5. Adjust Watering:
    • Let the top 2 cm of soil dry out between waterings, maintaining overall soil moisture.
  6. Transplanting:
    • After 3 years, when the lemon tree is robust, transplant it into your garden.
    • Protect it from frost in cold regions.

Time to Fruit Production:

  • Expect to wait about three years after planting for the lemon tree to produce pickable, edible fruit.
  • Lemon trees grown from seeds typically take three to six years to become capable of bearing fruit.
  • Consistent and careful care is crucial for their development.

Embrace the journey of growing a lemon tree from seed, and savor the eventual rewards of homegrown lemons!