Citrus fruits are packed with vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium – the list goes on. Although they are not enough for a balanced meal on their own, they certainly offer a lot of benefits that can complement the rest of your nutrition.
Lemons are easier to grow than other citrus fruits, and you can do it right in your own yard. By growing them yourself, you will be able to taste and check their freshness and quality. At the same time you can eat healthy fruits and keep your body free from any chemical contamination associated with non-organic lemons.
2. How can you grow them?
You can buy a lemon tree from a flower shop
Yet, I recommend buying a baby lemon tree (it should be about 2-3 years old) to get the best results with your lemons. Pick out a clay or plastic pot (with a lot of holes at the bottom), and make sure that it is slightly larger than the actual root ball of your baby tree. Once the tree matures, it might need a planter that is about 12-15 inches deep, and 17-20 inches in diameter.
Put your baby lemon tree into the pot, and fill the drainage container with pebbles to improve air flow. Then, fill up your pot with good soil. Keep in mind that some soils are specifically prepared for growing citrus fruits, so they will likely produce better results.
That is basically all the preparation you need. Make sure your fragrant tree is receiving around 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, and is watered regularly (but be careful not to over-water it). Lemons usually take about 6-9 months to ripen, so when they have a full yellow color and a slight give to touch – they are ready for your dish or juice!
You can also grow your lemon tree right from the seed.
To grow your own organic lemon tree right from the start, you will need to supply the following:
- An organic lemon since non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil, preferably containing peat, vermiculite, perlite, and natural fertilizers
- A planting pot that is six inches wide and six inches deep
- A seedling pot that is about 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep
- A sunny, indoor growing spot and possibly a suitable lamp for continued lighting