If you love lemons like me, why don’t you try growing your own at home. After all lemons are a very useful fruit to have around the house. They are full of health benefits being healthy and taste great or drink a few glasses of lemon water.
Usually I buy my lemons in a store, until I discovered how easy it is to grow them in your own home.
Lemons are actually great at fighting off colds – so they are simply a must have for your home.
So how does one grow lemons in their own home? We will explain in a few simple steps.
Growing lemons at home
What you will need:
- 1 lemon
- Soil with plenty of nutrition
- A suitable container or pot
- Saran wrap
- A spot with lots of sunlight
What to plant:
Step 1. Put your soil in the appropriate pot and add water to dampen it. You should aim to leave about 3cm to the edge of the pot.
Step 2. Cut the lemon and select the seed with the best shape. Don’t dry it, the moisture will help. Make a small hole in the soil and place the seed inside.
Step 3. Cover over with soil and more water. All types of flower soil will work, but I recommend using a mixture of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite and organic fertilizer.
Step 4. Cover the pot with plastic to lock in the moisture, and then place it in a sunny spot.
Step 5. Take care not to water over-excessively, which can cause the seed to rot. Keep track of the pot, and as soon as the lemon tree starts to grow, remove the plastic. Note* this should usually occur in one to two weeks.
Step 6. Place the pot in direct sunlight. Remember your lemon tree needs eight hours of light a day, and the soil surrounding it should be constantly moist.
How to take care of your lemon plant:
Water the tree regularly to ensure it has enough moisture, but make sure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom.
Always ensure it has enough sunlight at least eight hours each day.
When necessary add fertiliser and move the tree to a larger pot when it becomes too big. After a time you may have to move it to a balcony, porch or garden.
Remember the best time to grow lemons is during the spring. You don’t have to, but I’ve found the whole process to be more enjoyable and productive at this time of year.
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