Meyers are among the seedier varieties of lemons, which works in your favor. Two or three Meyer lemons contain enough seeds to start your personal potted lemon grove. Seeing the tiny green tips emerge from the soil will delight you.
Watch the video to learn how to plant seeds directly from a juicy lemon. No need to dry the seeds! They sprout quickly and more reliably when sown fresh from the fruit.
Simple Steps to Planting Lemon Seeds
- Extract the seeds from the lemon (In the video I share a tip that will help you extract whole seeds.)
- Create a nursery pot
- Plant the seeds
- Water and wait for germination
- Transplant to small individual (4-inch) pots
- Up-pot as needed
A basket lined with plastic served as a nursery pot for a batch of lemon seedlings inside a small pop up greenhouse. Given plenty of sunlight and ample watering (do not let them dry out, but do not keep the pot soggy) you may see tiny trees appear in a week or two. It can sometimes take about eight weeks.
So go ahead and treat yourself to enough lemons to enjoy in your kitchen and plant the seeds.
Lemon trees make nice gifts to appreciative gardeners and houseplant aficionados. We live an hour from town; when friends come to visit I like to give them a little something and if I know they like to garden or grow houseplants, I often offer a lemon tree.
There are so many wonderful ways to use lemon, especially Meyer lemons, in the kitchen.
Here are a few of my top favorites!
Ways to Use and Enjoy Lemons
- Fresh squeezed lemonade
- Lemon Curd
- Stuff a whole chicken
- Squeezed over roasted vegetables
- Lemon Buttermilk Cake
Another reason to keep rabbits: they produce odorless, pelleted fertilizer for your garden and potted plants, including lemon trees.
This darling fellow mysteriously appeared in our yard several years ago. As a purebred (Champagne dArgent), it was indeed suspicious but welcome.
The joy of picking a fresh lemon from my own tree never diminishes.
If hot weather has you craving winter, you might enjoy this White Christmas Cottage Diary Post.