Growing lemon at home
Since the lemon came to us from Southeast Asia, in our area its cultivation is reduced only to home greenhouse conditions.
Lemon is not only a beautiful ornamental plant with a pleasant citrus aroma, but it is also very useful in the household, perfumery and cooking.
Many housewives use lemon juice as an addition to salads, sauces and soups. It is especially useful in fish dishes, as it helps to get rid of an unpleasant odor.
Lemon juice is actively used to make citric acid, and the peel is used to make lemon oil. Lemon peels are also very popular in culinary preparations for pies, poultry and meat dishes, or as an addition to sauces.
How to grow a lemon from a seed
When growing a lemon from a stone, seeds from several large and healthy lemons are used at once.
Bones are planted immediately in the ground to a depth of 1 cm and at a distance of 5 cm. For a lemon, an ordinary pot with drainage is well suited. The soil is chosen ordinary or floral, sometimes with the addition of peat in proportions of 1: 1. After that, leave the seedlings in a bright place and cover with glass or a jar until the first shoots (do not forget to ventilate the soil daily).
The first shoots begin after the second week, but throughout this time it is necessary to periodically water the future seedlings.
As soon as the seedlings grow a little, the largest of them are transplanted into separate pots with a diameter of up to 10 cm.
Important! When transplanting lemon seedlings, it is advisable to move the seedlings along with the earthy clod.
Lemon Tree Care
- Lemon loves warm and bright places. Therefore, places near the southern windows with a temperature of 18 to 27 ° C are well suited for them (in winter, the temperature should be reduced to 12-15 ° C to avoid falling leaves of the lemon tree.
- Do periodic watering and irrigation (especially during the hot period). When a lemon bears fruit, use a citrus fertilizer to boost yields and keep the plant from depleting.
- Lemon gives an annual increase, so do not forget to transplant every year into pots that are a couple of centimeters larger than the previous one.
- If you want to grow a lemon using cuttings, then you need to start this process in the summer, given that the cuttings have 3 leaves each.
Lemon contains such useful vitamins as A, B and C. And they, in turn, affect the formation of the skeletal system and teeth, improve bowel function, and also reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Vitamin B has a good effect on the condition of the skin, so lemon is often used in cosmetology.
Interesting to know
- Lemon blossoms all year round. And in some cases, its flowering does not stop during the fruiting period.
- The lemon tree does not like drafts and low temperatures.
- The largest fruit weighing 5 kg was grown in Israel.
- Lemon juice helps to relieve pain in the body.
- Lemon tea has a beneficial effect on the stomach, rejuvenates the body and mind.
It is quite possible to grow your own lemon tree at home. To do this, you only need good seeds or quality planting material — strong and strong plants with a good root system, which can be found in our catalog.
Article author: Oksana Vysochanska