How to take care of baby lemon trees we started from seeds. ?


My grandson and I started a lemon tree from the seeds out of a real lemon. It was doing Wonderful , We started it a yr. ago. Now it is not doing good .

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  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Aug 23, 2018 I've had fair success with them from seed -- but they are TREES and really need to be outdoors ... in my climate they wouldn't last the winter and inside I just can't provide the right environment. Good Luck!

    • Suzan Suzan on Aug 23, 2018

      Thank you, that may be the problem, I live in TX and it has been in the 100's this year so I put them inside, It is getting cooler so I will put them back out side, thank you. I would not have thought that is the problem. Have a Bless Day

  • Rose Rose on Aug 24, 2018

    I've grown container citrus, including lemons, for 25 years. Most problems with growing citrus has to do with root rot. It's from being "over loved"/ watered too much. Their roots need to be drenched then let dry out completely for this plant's on-going health. I would take the plants out of their pots and examine their roots for white firm healthy new growth. If roots are black and spongy, cut off this part. Base the size of your new pot [breathable terra cotta is best] on the size of the root system. Replant your lemon tree in soil made specifically for citrus and use correct watering from this point forward. When the plant is healthy and putting out new growth, use a citrus fertilizer as recommended. This is such a good project to teach children. You can do this!

    • Suzan Suzan on Aug 24, 2018

      Thank you, I will do this, Kody my grandson is 8 now,,he started saving the seeds when he was 6 1/2 and every time he comes to see me he is so excited to see that they have grown. the last time one of the plants had lost all its leaves and the stem has turn brown, now the stem is no thicker then a needle :) the second pot has two seeds growing in it and so far it looks good. I just don't want to lose it too. Thank you again for your info.

  • Rose Rose on Aug 24, 2018

    Even if you have lost one, what a great time to talk to him about the importance of always trying again. You must be an awesome grandmother!

    • Suzan Suzan on Aug 24, 2018

      Yes it is a great time, Thank you that is so sweet, I get to spend lots of time with my two youngest grandson's, (brothers)....I always worked when the other 5 were little

  • Heather Olinde Heather Olinde on Aug 24, 2018

    This is something that your grandson will remember for the rest of his life!!! When I was young, my Grandmother had literally thousands of potted plants and my mom and I would go to her house to help her with tending to her plants. I think that is what has given me a love of gardening to this day, and the green thumb to go along with it. I tend to be very nostalgic every time I'm planting something. Anyway, back to your question. Lemon trees grown from seed need to be carefully nurtured. Use a fresh lemon seed. Don't let it dry out! Rinse it off and remove any flesh from the seed, and plant approximately 1/2 inch below the surface of the soil. plant several to increase the chances of germination. Cover them with some plastic wrap and after they pop up, remove the wrap and give them a little more sunlight, but careful not to give too much. Maybe a windowsill. When they have several sets of leaves, then you can attempt to transplant them into a larger container with a sterile potting medium. You can use a water soluble fertilizer high in potassium every two to four weeks and just keep the soil moist, not soaked! They should start getting around 4-6 hours of direct sunlight with temperatures no lower than 60 degrees. As the tree gets larger, you will want to prune it in very early spring before new growth and repot to encourage some new growth. It may take 3-5 years to see fruit from a lemon tree grown from seed, but it's the journey that's the reward!!! The time spent together doing this will forever be burned into his heart! I Love it and enjoy doing this. I hope my tips will be helpful. God Bless!!!

  • Sherri Sherri on Aug 24, 2018

    Susan, is it still hanging in there? and have you ever repotted it? You could try repotting it in a one size larger pot with new soil. I hate to give up on the little seedlings. Doing things with your grandchildren is wonderful, isn't it? You may want to get a little tree, or rose bush that you can plant together. Every time he looks at the tree he'll always think of you.

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    • Sherri Sherri on Aug 25, 2018

      i'm sorry to hear that. But it sounds like you have a lot of memories ahead!