How to grow Lemons
Lemons are probably one of the healthiest fruits on the planet, good for so many reasons, so you should think seriously about how to grow a lemon tree at home this year.
Saying that lemons are a ‘super-food’ is really an understatement. Not only do they add abundant flavour to a variety of dishes, but they also boast a ton of health benefits, as well as being rich in antioxidants and containing useful anti-inflammatory properties.
Naturally, as we all know, lemons contain vitamin C and B. They boost your immune system and energize your body.
To grow at home, you will need the following –
- 1 lemon
- good healthy soil
- a large container (or pot)
- Breathable plastic film
- some sun
To Begin Growing a Lemon Tree:
- Fill the container with the healthy soil and mix it with a little bit of water in order to dampen it.
- Below the rim, leave an inch of space.
- Take a seed from a well-formed lemon.
- Clean the seed, but take care not to dry it out.
- Make a hole for about half an inch in the soil and plant the seed.
- Cover it with soil and water it well.
- Cover the pot with a breathable plastic film in order to keep the pot moistened.
- Place the pot in a sunny area.
- To care for the plant, don’t water it too frequently.
- After 1-2 weeks when it starts sprouting, remove the plastic film, and place in direct sunlight.
Okay, I know this assumes a certain level of sunlight where you live, so start indoors if necessary.
To nurture the Lemon:
- The lemon plant requires regular watering, but not overdoing it, you should be able to tell from the soil.
- The plant ideally needs to be exposed to direct sunlight at least 8 hours a day.
- Feel free to add fertilizer or small amounts of compost to the lemon tree.
- You can keep the pot inside your house facing a window, or place it in your garden.
More Reasons to Grow Lemons
Drinking one half-cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidney.
Mixing lemon juice with honey can help alleviate the discomfort that comes from a nasty sore throat.
Leave caffeinated drinks behind, and start your day off with hot water and fresh lemon juice to stimulate your digestive track and add vitamin C.
So what could better than having your own fresh lemon tree to keep you in supply with tasty, juicy lemons? Grow a lemon tree at home and enjoy.