How to Start Growing Lemons?
Lemon, the yellow oval fruit with acidic juice, is recognized widely for its amazing medicinal properties. Packed with Vitamin B, B2, C, iron and calcium, lemons act as a natural antihistamine and can lower congestion. It is highly effectual for gastric problems, boosting the immune system, reducing the glycemic impact of meals, cleaning the digestive system, breaking down fat and mucus and more. Read and know how to grow lemons at home.
Plant the lemon seeds
Plant lemon seeds in consistently moist soil, and remove weeds and grass from a spot with a 2 feet diameter around the tree base in order to prevent competition for water.
Water the trees
Water the trees when they are growing actively. When the surface of the soil is dry, pour a couple of inches of water within the water drip lines. Use a garden hose with a soft spray attachment to spray water over the surface of soil. When lemon trees are growing up, they have to be watered often.
Create a water basin
If you want to let water accumulate at the roots of the tree, make a basin at the foot of every tree and create a circular soil ring about 3 – 4 inches thick and high and 2 feet across. Water freshly planted lemon trees by filling up the water basin every 3 – 4 days for 2 weeks, and then for 2 months for every 7 – 10 days.
Add in high-nitrogen fertilizer
If you want to help the lemon trees enjoy good growth, you should add small but regular amounts of high-nitrogen fertilizer. During new growth in the spring season, you have to feed 1- year old lemon trees. Sprinkle 1/4 cup 21-0- 0 ammonium sulfate, of ready to use variety, on the surface of the soil within the drip line of the tree. Water the ammonium sulfate and make it seep into the ground. You can use the same method to feed older lemon tree varieties, although you need to vary the number of cups with the age of the tree. For instance, use 2 cups of ammonium sulfate for a tree that is 2 years old and 3 cups for a 3 year old tree. Apply the fertilizer as per the manufacturer's directions.
Move the tree
Once the lemon tree has grown to some height, you have to move it to a frost-free and bright indoor area when weathermen forecast temperatures to go under 40°F (5°C).