The plants we have at home not only decorate the environment and purify the oxygen we breathe, but they represent us. Those plants that we decide to have inside and outside the home are selected by us for their colors, textures, aromas and in some cases also for their consumption.
Lemon is an exceptional fruit, rich in vitamins and with powerful benefits both for health and for our home. That’s why today in this article we will tell you how to sprout lemon seed so that you can have this wonderful plant in your home and that it adorns your space and fills it with a rich aroma.Hands on the ground!
take the lemon seeds
For this first task you have several options: you can take the seeds you discard from the next lemon you eat and thus transform your waste into a new possibility of life or buy a packet of lemon seeds.
Whichever way you get your seeds, you should get a pot or boul to grow them in there and some soil to fill the container you choose. Keep in mind that if you decide to use the seeds of a lemon that you have consumed, it is best to leave them in water for a while to remove the skin that covers them.
germination and seeds
Once you have the seeds ready to plant, you have two possible options: the first is to place them directly in the bowl or pot with some soil and place them about 3cm deep from the surface. This method is simpler because you won’t have to transplant when the seed has already sprouted.
The second possible way you have is to put a thin layer of damp cotton in a cup, on top of the seeds and on top of these another thin layer of damp cotton. If you choose this method you can have more controlled humidity and temperature. Once the seeds germinate, you should take them to the boul or pot with the soil.
How long does it take for my lemon plant to sprout?
Lemon plants, as we mentioned before, are great for their healthy characteristics and are also ideal for helping to clean and perfume your home or space where you place it, but they will make you wait a while.
The seed takes approximately 5 to 8 days to germinate , depending on the method used. And then for the development of its growth it will vary depending on the living conditions you give it, the humidity that the earth has, the temperature where you plant it, among other variables that we will describe soon.
How to care for my lemon plant?
Lemon, like all citrus fruits, has particular but very simple care. If you want to have it in the comfort of your home, we will tell you how to treat it to keep it in optimal condition:
The soil where you have your lemon tree must be permeable and aerated . The lemon plant needs a lot of water but it needs a soil that can absorb it in the best possible way. If over time your lemon tree moves into a larger pot to give it more room to grow, remember to give it depth so its roots can stretch out and it can grow strong.
The lemon plant is one of those most sensitive to the cold and this is why it must be cared for at low temperatures . Lemon feels most at home in Mediterranean climates where temperatures generally range between 15 and 25 degrees.
Humidity is another very important factor to consider and control in your lemon plant because it needs a large amount of water. If you get good soil with aeration and fluidity, you will be able to interpret your plant more easily. It is important to water slowly to allow it to absorb and not flood and for the soil to always remain moist.
Compost is another important part when it comes to caring for your lemon tree. If you move it to a larger pot, you can put some compost or worm castings fertilizer in the bottom before transplanting it. You can do this once a year or every 6 months. This will give great organic richness to the soil and improve its growth and production.
The lemon tree usually contracts different types of parasites which if you know them you can prevent them . One of these is mealybugs , which are small white bumps that you can see on the stem, branches, and leaves. Others are aphids that hit the leaves more strongly and begin to curl them until they dry and fall. There are several types of treatments for these parasites. It is important that if you see any, go to our trusted nursery and ask for a recommendation to treat and prevent it.