Lemon tree is beautiful and very decorative plant which grows 3-6 m tall, with glossy leaves, light green in color, strong odors and refreshing fruits. In an appropriate climate lemon trees bloom up to 3 times a year, from May to September.
Lemon is one of the most useful foods on the planet, food full with nutrients, containing bioflavonoids, pectin, folic acid, vitamins C, A, B1, B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, food that protect us against many diseases, so with right can be called a superfood.
Lemon has beneficial effect on the liver, intestine, stomach, immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems.
If regularly consumed, lemon can prevent diseases such as laryngitis, bronchitis, flu, colds, arthritis, high blood pressure, bacterial infections, kidney stones and gallstones etc.
Environmental conditions for growing lemons
Lemon does not tolerate low temperatures. Temperature -5 ° C can cause considerable damage, and even death of the whole plant. It is recommended to protect the tree during the winter months. Lemon tree is one of the most sensitive types of citrus fruits in the winter cold. Critical temperature is -5 ° C. Lemons are looking for sufficient quantities of water, especially during the growing season of April to the end of September. Lemon correspond well in drained soil easier texture. The most suitable are loam or sandy-loamy, fertile soil and sunny positions, sheltered from the wind.
How to Grow a Lemon Tree at Home
To grow lemon tree at your home, to have your own organic lemon it’s not difficult. After you learn a bit about environmental conditions for growing lemons, if you want to have your own lemon tree at your home, we will guide you step by step to achieve your wish.
For this you will need, organic lemon seeds or buy organic lemon and take out the seeds, Potting soil (Recommended to contain blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite and organic fertilizer), Container/pot- one with drainage holes that is 5-6” deep and a few inches in diameter for sprouting and one larger for repotting, 10-15” deep and 12-18” in diameter and lot of sun.
1.Pre-moisten your potting soil, do not soak it all the way, just put some soil into a bucket and mix with water till the soil is damp all the way,
2.Fill your smaller pot with pre-moistened soil. Leave about an inch of space below the pot’s rim,
3.Put one lemon seed in glas of water for few minutes to moisten it,
4.While it’s moist, plant your seed ½ an inch in depth, somewhere in the middle of your pot and cover it completely with soil and pour little bit of water or spray with spray bottle, just to moisten the soil little bit more,
5.Cover your container/pot with breathable plastic to keep your seeds warm and moist,
6.Place the pot in a location that is sunny and warm. Your seed needs warmth and moisture to germinate. Don’t allow the potting soil to dry out completely but keep in mind that too much water/moisture could lead to a rotten seed,
7.After approximately 2 weeks, you may notice a sprout emerging from the soil. When sprout appears, remove the pot’s plastic covering,
8.Remove the plant from its old pot and repot in the larger container/pot,
9.Take care of your plant. Ensure that the soil is damp at all times and your tree has enough sunlight.