Lemons can be used to make everything from cakes to better tasting water, but there’s no need to spend your hard-earned money buying them at the store.
As someone who has a lemon tree at home, I can honestly say it is so easy to grow lemons – no matter how much, or how little, space you have.
With just a small investment, you can start enjoying fresh lemons for FREE.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- One lemon
- Potting soil
- A container (buy a self-watering planter or drill a few small holes at the bottom)
- A sunny space – or grow lights
- Breathable plastic film
Step #1: Drill small holes in the bottom of your container so that water can drain properly.
Step #2: Place your potting soil into a bucket and add some water so it’s nice and damp. When ready, pour the mix into your container, leaving around one-inch of space below the rim.
Step #3: Take your lemon and cut it in half to remove a seed. Put the seed in your mouth to clean off the flesh while keeping the seed moist. Just don’t accidently bite down – lemon seeds taste terrible!
Step #4: Take your clean and moist lemon seed and bury it about 1/2-inch deep in the soil.
Step #5: Use a squirt bottle to add some more moisture on top – just make sure it’s not too wet.
Step #6: Next, take the breathable plastic and use it to cover the top of the container.
Step #7: Move the pot to a warm area with indirect sunlight. Don’t put the plant in direct sunlight just yet.
Step #8: In about 1 to 2 weeks, you should see small sprouts starting to come through the soil. Now is the time to take off the plastic cover and move the plant to a warm area with more sunlight.
Care instructions: Young lemon trees require constant moisture, so make sure to water your plant regularly. Since you drilled holes at the bottom of the container, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about flooding the plant, but still, beware not too overwater.
Lemon trees thrive with around 8 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Add fertilizer when needed, approximately every 6 months to a year.
As your plant grows, take note if it appears to be outgrowing its original container. You can carefully transplant it into a larger pot, or directly into the ground.
Don’t expect a flurry of lemons right away. In most cases, it takes up to three years for a lemon tree to start producing a good number of lemons.
Rest assured, your patience will pay off – once your tree starts sprouting lemons, you’ll have enough for all of your needs, as well as extras to spoil your friends, family, and neighbors.
In fact, a 3-year-old lemon tree can produce up to 38 pounds of fruit from its first crop. From there, it only gets better. Lemon trees that are 4 or 5 years old can produce around 100 pounds of lemons in a single year.
After the tree is fully matured, you can expect to get as much as 200 pounds of lemons per year. At which point, you might as well open a lemonade stand as a side hustle.
Given the right environment, lemon trees can grow quite tall, reaching around 20 feet at a surprisingly quick clip.
I love the sweet citrus scent lemon trees give off, oftentimes before any lemons appear.
With so many yummy lemons at your disposal, you’ll be pleased to know there are many health benefits to this sweet and sour fruit. Benefits of lemons include:
- They are low in calories (at just 24 calories a pop) and high in fiber
- Lemons contain potassium, milligram iron, and vitamin B6
- In addition, they offer a solid amount of folate, magnesium, calcium, copper, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.
- The pantothenic acids and folates found in lemons are much needed by the body but cannot be produced within the body.
- Lemons are rich in citric acid, which aids in digestion and can help dissolve kidney stones
- The ascorbic acid found in lemons is a natural antioxidant
- Lemons help fight inflammation
- Shown to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Naturally help prevent free radical damage
Plus, there are many ways to make use of your lemons. Add them to your water, or for a little more fun, your favorite cocktails. Use the rinds to add zest to many foods – from chicken to pasta. I know some people who even enjoy eating them plain!