You have probably heard the saying: “If life gives you lemons, then make lemonade.” But what if you had unlimited lemons grown by yourself, as well as fresh lemonade whenever you wanted?
In this article, we are going to present you how to do exactly that and show you how you can grow your own lemon tree inside your house by using only the seed of a single lemon.
– The powerful health benefits of lemons
Everybody probably knows that lemons are rich in vitamin C and that actually makes them great for treating some common sicknesses, like cold or flu. Some less known facts about the vitamin C is that it is also able to treat some more serious health conditions which include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The vitamin C also helps in reducing inflammation, as well as the damaging effects of free radicals in our body.
Lemons also contain a lot of other flavonoids which have both antioxidant and anticancer properties.
– How to grow a lemon tree?
You will need the following:
– Store-bought lemon;
– Potting soil;
– Grow lights or an area with a lot of sun;
– Breathable plastic film.
Planting the seed:
First, dampen your potting soil by putting it into a bucket and mixing it with some water. Then, fill the container with the moistened soil, leaving about an inch of space below its rim. After that, slice open the lemon and look for some seed which is in decent shape. Then, suck on the seed so that all of the flash is removed, but make sure that it doesn’t dry out, as it needs to be moist when planted.
After that, plant the seed about a half inch beneath the soil and water it with a squirt bottle or gently with a watering can. Then, cover the container with the breathable plastic to make sure that it stays warm and moist, and place it in a warm area. Make sure that it is not too dump however, because too much moisture will cause the seed to rot, so try to find a nice balance.
For the next week or two, observe it and keep an eye on the area where you planted the seed. When you notice that it started sprouting, you should remove the plastic cover.
Once the plant has sprouted, move it to some area which is still warm, but that has a lot of direct sunlight.
Taking care for your plant:
Make sure that the soil is moist all the time, especially when the lemon tree is still young. Also, do not let the water build up, so make sure that your container has drainage holes.
The lemon tree will need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight every day, so make sure it is in a place where it will get that.
As with most of the other plants, make sure to add fertilizer to it when it’s needed.
When the tree starts getting larger, you may need to transplant it to some larger container. If it gets too big for your home, you can move it to the backyard, or maybe the front porch, as well as balcony if you live in an apartment.