When Life Gives you Lemons

When Life Gives you Lemons

Most people tend not to venture much into growing trees. Trees are hard to take care of as a sapling or seedling and many gardeners will veer away from them due to difficulty. However, lemons are a different story. The lemon plant is actually a tree, but it’s pretty easy to grow one.

If that sounds interesting to you, check out this guide on how to grow your own lemon tree.

What you need to start:

• 1 organic lemon. The seeds need to be harvested while it’s still fresh as a dried lemon seed will not grow properly. • Fertile potting soil that if possible contains natural fertilizers. • Spray bottle for watering • Plastic wrap and some rubber bands • 1 pot for sprouting (approx. 6’ x 6’)* • 1 seedling pot (approx. 24’ x 12’)* • A place to grow that has adequate sunlight, and preferably an additional grow light.
• 1 organic lemon. The seeds need to be harvested while it’s still fresh as a dried lemon seed will not grow properly.
• Fertile potting soil that, if possible, contains natural fertilizers.
• Spray bottle for watering
• Plastic wrap and some rubber bands
• 1 pot for sprouting (approx. 6’ x 6’)*
• 1 seedling pot (approx. 24’ x 12’)*
• A place to grow that has adequate sunlight, and preferably an additional grow light.

*Note: Dimensions are in Width x Height.

What you need to do:

Douse the potting soil to make it moist, but not so much that it gets drenched.
Douse the potting soil to make it moist, but not so much that it gets drenched.
Fill your sprouting pot till about an inch below the rim with the doused soil.
Fill your sprouting pot until about an inch below the rim with the doused soil.
Slice the lemon to reveal a seed. Make sure that you remove all the excess pulp as it may affect the growth of the seed. The most effective way is to suck on it, as it also keeps the seed wet before planting.
Slice the lemon to reveal a seed. Make sure that you remove all the excess pulp as it may affect the growth of the seed. The most effective way is to suck on it, as it also keeps the seed wet before planting.
Take note that you should plant the seed immediately. Place the damp seed into the middle of the soil at about half an inch deep. Afterwards, keep the soil moist by gently spraying water using a spray bottle.
Take note that you should plant the seed immediately. Place the damp seed into the middle of the soil at about half an inch deep. Afterward, keep the soil moist by gently spraying water using a spray bottle.
Once the planting is complete, cover the pot with a clear plastic wrap and tie rubber bands around the edges to seal the container. Don’t forget to poke in a few small holes to make sure your plant can breathe.
Once the planting is complete, cover the pot with a clear plastic wrap and tie rubber bands around the edges to seal the container. Don’t forget to poke in a few small holes to make sure your plant can breathe.
Your initial preparations are complete. Place the plant in a warm location with an abundant source of sunlight. You will have to keep spraying water on the soil to keep it damp, but not over excessively, as you’ll want to keep it from drying out and killing your lemon seedling.
Your initial preparations are complete. Place the plant in a warm location with an abundant source of sunlight. You will have to keep spraying water on the soil to keep it damp, but not over excessively, as you’ll want to keep it from drying out and killing your lemon seedling.
At around two weeks after initial planting, you should notice that the sproutling is slowly emerging. This is a good time to remove the plastic wrap from your pot. At this stage, it is highly advised that the plant should get at least eight hours of sunlight a day, if your location will not allow for that, you can supplement the sunlight with a grow light.
At around two weeks after initial planting, you should notice that the sproutling is slowly emerging. This is a good time to remove the plastic wrap from your pot. At this stage, it is highly advised that the plant should get at least eight hours of sunlight a day, if your location will not allow for that, you can supplement the sunlight with a grow light.

Don’t forget to also put in regular amounts of organic fertilizer to keep your plant healthy.

Always take note of the health of your plant. Make sure that it’s free from bugs and diseases. You can prune off the dead leaves to further aid your plant’s growth. If bugs are getting a little too much to handle, use pesticide as a last resort.

Once the plant has reached a stage where it’s already too big for the initial pot, replant it over to the bigger one by following the first 4 steps. Take note that older plants need lesser water so don’t love your plant to death.

Additional note: If you’re veering away from chemical pesticides and want a natural way to save your plant from bugs and diseases, you can try dusting the soil of your plant with some cinnamon powder. The powder has many uses that benefit you with your gardening

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Illustrations by, Dragan Gunjov.

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