Inspired by a friend who sent me an article of all of the wonderful things you can grow at home I decided to give it a try and grow my own lemon tree. I've always thought about growing herbs at home and figured why not lemon, too? Not only is it visually appealing, it smells great and supports a healthy lifestyle and green space. Stay tuned for other things I'll be trying to grow but for now here's what I'm doing for lemon!
S U P P L I E S N E E D E D
- Drainer Pot
- Lemon Seed
- Clear Plastic Wrap + Rubber Band (Not required--just be sure to keep the soil moist)
- A hope and a prayer for all of you with black thumbs out there, like me!
S T E P O N E
Pick out your pot and drainer. Dummies.com has a great article about which type, size, etc. you need here. As I'm in the experimental phase I used a plant, drainer and soil I already had at home--if I start to see something sprout I'll invest in a bigger pot so the roots have enough room to grow. I'm trying out a non-organic lemon--some articles say to use organic which contain seeds that will actually grow. We'll see!
S T E P T W O
After removing the seed from the lemon, plant immediately in the soil you've selected (I used what I already had around the house but you can certainly google or ask your local Home Depot expert for the best kind--remember I'm experimenting!) Ensure the seed is clean and free of pulp. Place it about 2-3 inches below the surface of the soil.
S T E P T H R E E
Water the area directly above and around the seed being careful not to over-water or create "puddles". One article I referenced (here) recommends covering the planter in clear plastic wrap, poking holes in the top for ventilation and securing with a rubber band to lock in moisture.
Place in an area where the plant is exposed to a full day of sunlight and pray for a sprout! Wish me luck!
What do you grow at home? Inside or outside?