We all know that citrus fruits are very rich in vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. They also have a high content of sugar – so be careful how much of them you’re eating if you want to maintain a balanced diet.
Some citrus fruits are harder to grow than others, and thankfully, two of the best ones can be easily grown right in your yard. When you grow your fruit by yourself, you’ll be able to taste the difference in quality and freshness, and keep your body free from any chemical contamination associated with non-organic growing. Here are instructions on growing your own citrus fruits:
It is recommended to buy a baby tree (2-3 years old) to get the best results with your lemons. Buy a clay or a plastic pot (with a lot of holes in the bottom), and make sure that it’s a bit larger than the actual root ball of your baby tree (as the tree grows, it might need a pot that’s about 12-15 inches deep, and 17-20 inches in diameter) . Put your baby tree in the pot, and fill the drainage container with stones to improve air flow. Fill up your pot with soil, but remember that some soils are specifically prepared for growing citrus fruits, and it is more likely that they will give better results.
These are basically all the preparations you need. Your tree needs about 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, and regular watering (be careful not to over-water). Lemons usually need about 6-9 months to ripen, so when they have a full color and a slight give to their touch – you’re all set.
You can also grow one from a seed.
To grow your own lemon tree, you will need the following things:
- An organic lemon because non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil, preferably containing vermiculite, peat, perlite, and natural fertilizers
- One planting pot (six inches wide and six inches deep)
- One seedling pot (24 inches wide by 12 inches deep)
- A sunny, indoor growing location and possibly a grow lamp