Friday, January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022 Lemon Trees

 When life gives you lemons, make lemonade OR grow a lemon tree! 😃HA!

Propagating lemon seeds is possible, and quite frankly, an easy process. The not-so-easy part: PATIENCE.

Although I receive zero credit(rightfully so), I am delighted and excited to nurture the lemon trees that King Ron started from seed.  His four beloved plants are approaching the two-year mark. 

Grocery store lemons can take several years to produce the fruit from the seeds. That's the 'patience-is-a-virtue' part.  ("Meyer Lemons, can take about 15 years of germination for a seed-grown lemon tree to mature and produce fruit!"..... so opting for grocery store lemons at our age seemed prudent). Lemon trees are self-pollinating and do not need pollen from another tree to produce fruit! 

Buy the lemon.

Cut the lemon. Dig out the seed. 

Dry the seeds thoroughly to eliminate the slime.(King Ron was emphatic about sucking off the slime in one's mouth, but I have not confirmed this. It worked for him, and he is the #1 farmer here, so suck away!😁)

 Plant in dirt. Easy peezy. (Oh yes, all living things require water, so proceed accordingly 😂. Lemon trees require deep watering once a week. Prune to maintain desired shape and height.) Some of Ron's  four juvenile lemon plants have thorns, probably for protection from predators, but the mature trees do not. 

***No, the lemons in the photo above were not picked from this plant.*** 

"When life gives you lemons, keep them, because hey, free lemons."