Growing your own lemon tree using our guide below is a simple process. If you start today you will have your own lemon tree within a month. It’s worth noting that in England your lemon tree will need to be kept indoors until it is established, after that it will need to be brought back indoors over winter to protect it.
For this project you will need:
- A lemon (or seeds)
- Ericaceous Compost
- Plant pot
- Glass jar
The first thing you will want to do is cut a lemon in half squeezing out the juice and seeds. Then find some seeds that are not damaged and rinse them in water to remove the fruit pulp. If you skip this step the fruit pulp that is left on the seed will cause the seed to rot instead of germinate.
Using two fingers you will need to peel each seed you would like to germinate. This can be done using your nails and you should be extra careful to not damage the seed. Place the peeled seeds onto some toilet paper or kitchen roll, fold it over and then rinse with a little water to make it damp. Put the toilet paper seeds into a glass jar in a dark place for about three weeks to germinate.
You can put the glass jar under your bed or in an empty cupboard. After three weeks, the seeds should have started sprouting and you will be able to carefully remove each seed from the tissue and place it in a small plant pot full of ericaceous compost. If you intend on keeping multiple plants you should ensure to keep the germinated seeds separate as the roots will tangle up and later on it will be more difficult to separate them. A few weeks later you will have your very own small lemon tree. It will take 3 to 6 years for your lemon tree to be able to produce fruit and unfortunately some trees never do which is why we recommend growing more than one tree. Happy planting!