It can be a very interesting process to try lemon cultivation from seeds. Though lemons begin to blossom as young plants, it takes several years to grow fruits. But did you know that you can also grow lemons in a cup?!
You only need soil and lemon seeds. Choose the largest lemon or grapefruit seeds. Clean them thoroughly from their outer skins. Then, pour them with water and leave them about 6 to 7 days and change the water every day. The seeds have to be covered with a gelatin sheet while they are soaking in the water.
Put several stones in the bottom of the cup to create drainage. Then fill the cup with moist soil. Put the seeds in the ground with the pointed ends toward the bottom. Leave about 5 mm space between them. After this, cover the seeds with coarse sand or gravel. Don’t forget to spray the surface with water for 2 to 3 days. Then, cover the cup with a nylon bag or a foil. This way will help you create a greenhouse effect. Continue spraying water once every two days to enable their growth. After 7 or 8 days the first shoots should appear.
You can also carefully transplant the shoots in another container if a lot of shoots appear. When the seedlings are grown, after 3-5 months, choose the most beautiful and strongest ones and transplant them into separate larger pots. The composition of the soil should remain the same. You can place the flowerpot on a sunny place.
Lemons need to be in bright and fresh rooms during the winter. Water the plant moderately during the winter but don’t allow the soil to become entirely dry. If some leaves fall, do not worry because it is a normal process. In the spring time cut off the branches and for a short period new branches will grow and there will be a beautiful bushy crown.
Do not expect from the trees to grow fruits if you do not graft the plant. However, with good care it can become a very beautiful and gracious house plant. Lemons like water. In the summer, you need to water it, fertilize it with nutrient citrus and it has to be exposed to fresh air. You’ll be amazed by the final result!