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How to grow a lemon from seed: simple instructions

Alina MilsentLifestyle
Lemon tree. Source: Created with the help of AI

Lemon is a real storehouse of useful vitamins and minerals. Experienced florists say that a lemon tree can be easily grown at home – not so much for the sake of harvest, of course, but as a wonderful home decoration

Nowadays, indoor lemon can be seen in numerous home greenhouses. During the growth stage, it can even be placed on a windowsill. How to grow a lemon from a seed – read the article on OBOZ.UA.

How to grow lemon from seed

You will need a lot of patience – following all the tips and tricks, you can get your own lemons in 4-5 years.

The lemon tree loves a lot of moisture, so don't forget to water it regularly. It is better to choose a shady place for it. The plant begins active growth in February-March and stops in November.

In general, a lemon tree can be grown in the following ways:

  • from seeds – seeds are useful;
  • vegetatively – through cuttings, grafting, or layering.

First of all, note that the seeds must be fresh. The seed should be taken from ripe fruits without signs of disease.

After drying or storing at room temperature, the seeds lose their freshness, but there is still a chance that they will germinate.

It's better to prepare a significant number of seeds in advance – you may be lucky and get a few seeds to sprout. It is best to plant more than one plant. Not all of them will reach the fruiting stage, because at home, some of them may get sick or stop growing and developing.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Dry the seeds thoroughly and wait until they sprout under the film. Then remove the protective layer – the sprouts need to get used to room conditions.
  2. The lemon tree loves moisture, but waterlogging will lead to fungal spores and root rot. In summer, it is better to water it three times a week, and in winter, two times is enough.
  3. Every week, you need to wipe the citrus leaves from dust.
  4. Do not forget about regular spraying with water.
  5. In the spring, you should transplant the lemon into a larger pot that meets the growth needs.
  6. A lemon tree needs fertilizers based on zinc, boron, and manganese (you can feed it periodically, once every two weeks).
  7. It is important to form the crown of the tree. As it grows, remove the central shoot at a distance of 20 cm from the ground.

The copper wire will help speed up fruiting. It is applied at a distance of 1-2 branches from the base and tied so that it is easily pressed into the bark. This technique will promote the formation of nutrients that will stimulate the appearance of fruit buds. After 6-12 months, the wire should be removed, and the injured area should be tied with plastic tape.

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