Choose a fresh lemon: Opt for a plump, organic lemon if possible.
Extract the seeds: Carefully remove several seeds from the lemon and rinse them gently to remove any pulp.
Pre-sprouting (optional): Some gardeners recommend soaking the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to encourage germination.
Planting the Seeds
Prepare your pots: Use small pots (around 4 inches) with drainage holes. Fill them with a well-draining potting mix.
Plant the seeds: Sow the seeds about half an inch deep into the moist soil. You can plant multiple seeds per pot and thin them later.
Create a mini greenhouse (optional): Cover the pot with a clear plastic wrap to maintain moisture.
Germination and Care
Warmth and Sunlight: Place the pots in a warm location (around 70°F) with plenty of indirect sunlight.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering.
Germination time: It can take several weeks for the seeds to germinate. Be patient!
Once seedlings emerge: Remove the plastic wrap and provide good air circulation.
After Germination
Thinning: Once the seedlings reach a few inches tall, thin them out to the strongest one per pot.
Repotting: As your lemon tree grows, you’ll need to repot it into a larger container with fresh potting mix every few years.
Additional Tips
Patience is key: It can take several years for a lemon tree grown from seed to produce fruit.
Fertilizer: Once your tree is established, you can fertilize it occasionally with a citrus-specific fertilizer.
Sunlight and Temperature: Lemon trees thrive in warm and sunny environments. If you live in a colder climate, you may need to bring your tree indoors during the winter.
For more detailed information and visuals, you can search for “growing lemon tree from seed” online. There are many helpful resources available, including articles and videos [YouTube].

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