6 tips to grow your own lemon plant at home and enjoy unlimited lemonade
Here are 5 ways to grow lemons at home:
1. Decide what type of seeds you want to buy
You have two options: store-bought lemon seeds or seedlings from a nursery. Seeds provide a fun and budget-friendly experience, but germination may be slower and success rates vary. Seedlings provide a faster path to fruition but come at a cost. Choose your adventure!
2. How to plant
Seeds: Carefully extract it, wash the pulp and dry it for a day. Fill a small pot with well-draining potting mix and sow the seeds shallowly. Keep the soil moist and warm (about 20°C) in a sunny location. Be patient, it may take 2 to 6 weeks for young shoots to appear.
Seedlings: Choose a pot with drainage holes slightly larger than your nursery pot. Fill it with a mixture of soil and compost. Gently remove the seedling and transplant it into the new pot, making sure the soil level remains the same.
3. Provide sunlight
Your mini lemon tree thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. Aim for at least 6-8 hours per day. Water regularly, allowing the top of the soil to dry before watering again. Overwatering is the enemy! Feed your plant with a balanced fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
4. Pinch the bud
Once your tree reaches 6-8 inches tall, pinch off the top bud to encourage denser growth. This will allow more branches to develop, increasing the lemon’s future bounty.
5. Watering and feeding
Keep the soil constantly moist but not soggy, especially during the growing season. Water deeply and let the soil dry out slightly between watering. Fertilize your lemon tree regularly with a balanced fertilizer designed for citrus trees, following the instructions on the package.
6. Pruning and maintenance
Prune your lemon tree regularly to maintain its shape, remove dead or diseased branches and encourage healthy growth. You can also prune to improve airflow and light penetration within the canopy. Monitor your lemon tree for pests and diseases, and take appropriate control measures if necessary.
Patience and constant care are the secret ingredients for success. So, plant, and soon you’ll thank yourself for this colorful adventure!
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