Two years ago, I began an experiment to grow lemon trees from seeds. These seeds were simply seeds picked out of store-bought lemons. One tree survived – and flourished. Let’s take a look at two years of progress on my lemon tree grown from a seed.
Growing a Lemon Tree from Seeds
I inherited my curious mind from my dad. He loved to experiment with plants. My dad always had one or two unusual botany experiments going on. He would grow ferns from spores, or grow an avocado from the pit just to see what would happen. Growing a lemon tree from seeds would be something right up his alley!
As you may remember, in 2014, I first wrote about growing a lemon tree from seeds. I’m not sure why I decided it would be fun to experiment, but experiment I did. I planted several seeds from a plain old store-bought lemon from Wal-Mart. Two plants grew, but then one died. The remaining plant is healthy, strong and vigorous.
Here’s what I learned about growing a lemon tree from seeds in Virginia:
- Not surprisingly, the lemon tree loves the hot, sunny summertime. I leave it outside all summer long and it flourishes.
- Inside the house in the winter, it looks horrible. It drops leaves. It sulks. I’m afraid it will die. It’s probably dormant.
- It hasn’t blossomed yet.
- It’s going to need a bigger pot…
I’m having fun, I have a nice plant for my front porch, and it’s still alive, so I guess I’m doing something right. Growing a lemon tree from seeds has been fun!
Update: as of March 2022, we have a lemon! Check out the progress of our lemon tree.
Jeanne Grunert is a certified Virginia Master Gardener and the author of several gardening books. Her garden articles, photographs, and interviews have been featured in The Herb Companion, Virginia Gardener, and Cultivate, the magazine of the National Farm Bureau. She is the founder of The Christian Herbalists group and a popular local lecturer on culinary herbs and herbs for health, raised bed gardening, and horticulture therapy.