Growing Lemon Tree From Seeds

Update; February 2017- I am so pleased that my lemon tree continues to grow after planting lemon seeds from a lemon that I had in the refrigerator! The lemon tree is now at least 4 feet tall and has grown another branch! Love it!!!

Have always wanted a lemon tree, but cannot grow here in Michigan. After seeing a post in Pinterest about growing a lemon tree in a pot, I decided to try it. (April 2013) Of course my seeds were nothing like the pictures. I only had about four seeds; they were small; and they came from an "old" lemon. I put them in the baggie in the wet paper towel just like the instructions said and put it in the window for a few weeks. Nothing- no sign of any little root growing! I decided to just go ahead and plant them as they were in some dirt and just put them near a window. I had forgotten all about them until one morning when lo and behold: four little plants growing! Isn't nature AMAZING! I have my lemon tree after all!
UPDATE: March 30, 2015- Of all the seeds I originally planted, I now have one plant remaining. See picture below. It is healthy and strong and still growing!
Feb 2017- my little lemon tree has grown a second branch!!!
My little lemon tree has grown a branch!!! Love it!
March 30, 2015- Over 2ft. tall!

My how you've grown! 2 years old! Now a little over 2 feet tall :)
First lemon seeds growing in the pot!!! 2013

Seedlings still growing! Summer 2013

Only 3 still growing on Sept. 2, 2013

The lone survivor one year later (April 2014)! About 5 inches tall! Love it!

Sept 2014- over 12 in tall- had to repot! Likes the sunny spot in the window.

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  • Mary
    on Jun 3, 2014

    I too live in Michigan and have always wanted a lemon tree. I just started some in a glass with water and pea gravel. We'll see how it works.

    • Ivylore
      on Jun 3, 2014

      @Mary Hi There Neighbor :) Good luck with your lemon seeds! Hope they grow big and beautiful!

  • Betty Hodges
    on May 1, 2019

    I also live in Florida (Jacksonville). A few years ago I decided to go all out and bought a Meyer lemon from the grocery store and with came home and stuck the seeds in the ground. I now have fresh Meyer lemon juice during the summer and freeze the rest of the juice for winter. All I did was just water the tree since I was new at this. Now I will try other seeds and maybe I will have a small orchard

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