It is very well known that a citrus fruit provides us with a broad spectrum of goods for our body and well-being. Starting from Vitamin C, thiamin, potassium, folate up to flavonoids that have anticancer properties and many more. So we decided to present you a short guide on how to plant your own lemons and mandarins as the most famous of the citrus fruits.
The best option is to get a baby tree (2-3 years) for the optimal results with your lemons. Grab a bigger pot with drainage holes and slightly acidic soil for the tree. As the tree starts growing you might need to acquire a pot approximately 14 inches deep and 19 inches wide. Get your baby tree into the pot and start filling the pot with soil softly (with tamping). Lemon trees are very sensitive to cold, so as an addition fluorescent lamp can be acquired. Lemon trees are known to go dormant if the temperatures drop below a certain threshold. They require weekly watering and make sure to keep the soil moist. It is recommended to place your trees outside when it is warm, and of course for pollination period.
Should you consider growing lemons from seeds you will need the following materials:
- Organic lemon, since non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil
- A planting pot that is 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep
- A seedling pot that is about 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep
- Placement near a window or acquiring a fluorescent lamp
Bear in mind that growing it from seeds will take a lot longer.Follow the steps and you will be all set up:
- Moisten the potting soil so that it is damp, but not soaked, all the way through
- Fill the planting pot with soil up to an inch below the top
- Cut open the lemon and remove a seed. Remove all of the pulp from its surface
- Make sure the seed must still is still moist when it is buried into the soil
- Plant the seed about ½ inches deep in the middle of the pot
- Spray the soil that is directly above the seed gently with water
- Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap, seal the edges with a rubber band and poke small holes on the top with a sharp instrument
- Place the pot near a window
- Spray some water occasionally to prevent the soil from drying out. Just keep the soil somewhat moist.
After about two weeks, when the sprouting emerges, take the plastic wrap off. If you need additional light for your lemon plant, you can use a fluorescent lamp to supplement the sun’s light.
Take care of the young plant by keeping the soil damp, by making sure it gets, at least, eight full hours of light per day, and by giving it moderate doses of organic fertilizer.
Check your plant to ensure there aren’t any bugs manifestations or diseases. Prune off brown, dead leaves when necessary. Use pesticides if you must. Protect your new lemon tree!
When the plant outgrows its planting pot, put it in the seeding pot. The procedure will be the same as the first time you planted it. Younger plants need more water than older plants, but they all do need adequate water.
Again, the best option would be to acquire a baby tree. Baby trees have proven to be more successful. Preparation of the pot is the same as for the lemons. Most important thing is the drainage due to the sensitivity of the mandarin tree. Mandarins should be regularly exposed to sunlight.
Mandarin trees are safe to grow indoors because they usually don’t grow much taller than 6 feet in height. Water them regularly but conservatively, and change the pot to a larger one once the roots grow back on themselves or poke out of your drainage holes. Pick the oranges as soon as they turn orange because every moment after that means more and more flavor dying away.
While harvesting the orange, be careful to twist the oranges off of the tree – you want to make sure the button on the top of the orange stays there.
By following these simple instructions and some care, you will get juicy and tasteful citrus fruits.