Just about everyone knows that citrus fruits are full of great vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which means that everyone knows about the great health benefits these fruits provide.
Some citrus fruits are harder to grow than others are, and thankfully, two of the best ones can be easily grown right in your yard (or even inside your house!). When you grow your fruit by yourself, you’ll be able to taste the difference in quality and freshness, and keep your body free from any chemical contamination associated with non-organic growing. Here are instructions on growing your own citrus fruits:
It is recommended that you purchase a baby tree (around 2-3 years old) in order to get the best result with your lemons. Purchase a clay or plastic pot, (be sure its larger than the root of the tree and it has a lot of tiny holes at the bottom) about 12 to 15 inches deep and 18 inches diameter. Place you baby tree inside the pot and fill it up with stones to improve airflow. Fill the rest of the pot with soil, but keep in mind that there are some soils specifically prepared for growing citruis trees, so it is more likely that these soils will give you better results.
This is just about all the preparation you need to know. Your tree needs about 8 to 10 hours of sunlight during the day and regular watering.
Watering your lemon tree or other citrus trees is a bit tricky. Too little water or too much water and the tree will die. With ground-planted citrus trees, watering should be done about once a week. But in this case, container planted citrus trees should be watered as soon as the soil dries out or is only slightly damp. Never let a citrus tree dry out completely for more than a day.
This is basically everything you need to know in order to grow your own healthy lemons. The lemons take about 9 months until they are fully ripen, so when they have full color then they are ready.
You can also grow one from a seed! To grow your own lemon tree, you will need the following things:
- An organic lemon because non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil, preferably containing vermiculite, peat, perlite, and natural fertilizers
- One planting pot (six inches wide and six inches deep)
- One seedling pot (24 inches wide by 12 inches deep)
- A sunny, indoor growing location and possibly a grow lamp
Follow these steps to grow your own lemon tree:
- Moisten the soil so that it becomes damp all the way through.
- Fill a smaller pot with soil up to an inch under the rim.
- Open one lemon and take out a seed. Make sure there’s no pulp on the seed. You can easily do this by sucking on it because it needs to be planted immediately. The seed must be moist when you place it in the soil. Plant the seed about half an inch in the middle of the pot. Spray the soil that’s above the seed with a spray bottle filled with water.
- Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap and use a good rubber band to seal the edges, and poke small holes in the top with a pencil.
- Put the pot in a warm, sunny location.
- Occasionally spray it with water so you don’t allow the soil to dry out. The soil should be kept somewhat moist, so try not to over-water it.
- Sprouting should occur after two weeks. Once it does, take the plastic cover off it.
- A young plant should have damp soil, with eight full hours of sun every day and you can also give it moderate doses of organic fertilizer.
- Be careful with bugs or another diseases as they’ll attack the plant quickly. Protect the plant from any brown or dead leaves.
When the plant begins to overgrow the pot, place it into a bigger one. Re-planting the lemon tree is very similar to when you first planted it. A younger plant needs more water than one that is fully grown, but not so much that will make it drown.
If you want to grow your tree indoors, a baby tree is the best option, just like with the lemon tree. Baby trees tend to have more successful growth records than seeds. Prepare the pot in the same way as described for lemons (spacious with rocks, and drainage holes at the bottom), and give the tree regular sunlight.
Mandarin trees don’t usually grow much taller than 6 feet in height, and this makes them safe for growing indoors. Water them regularly but don’t over-water them, and change the pot to a larger one once the roots grow back on themselves or poke out of your drainage holes. Pick the oranges as soon as they turn orange, because otherwise they will start losing their flavor.
Tip: When you take off an orange from a tree make sure that the little button on top of it doesn’t get unattached.
These are two very simple ways that can provide healthy fruits on your table without so much effort!
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