Lemon or citrus is a plant belonging to the Rutaceae family and is native to Southeast Asia. Do you want to have all the benefits of a lemon plant in your home, but you don’t know how to germinate its seeds? Do not worry, because this time, we teach you how to germinate lemon seeds with two simple methods, explained step by step. Also, we tell you what the properties of its seeds are and why you should consume them.
Its main production is carried out in Spanish lands, in California, and Sicily. In these places, its fruit is mainly used to make refreshing drinks in summer.
Other uses that are given to the leaves of the plant and the fruit it produces include tea infusions, to relieve symptoms of the common flu and other conditions. It is also used as an ingredient for pastry recipes, sweets, cosmetics, among others.
How to germinate lemon seeds?
In this section, we show you, with a simple step by step, how to germinate lemon seeds. Keep in mind every detail that we show you below:
- Select the ideal seeds to germinate them. To do this, put them in a bowl of water and leave them there for 3 hours. This will serve to hydrate them and, in addition, determine which are the seeds that are in optimal conditions. You can identify them because they will be completely submerged. If you see them floating, throw them away.
- Then, remove the selected seeds and dry them.
- Take a pot and fill it with a substrate up to 75% of its capacity.
- Take the lemon seeds and bury each of them halfway. The other half must be exposed.
- Take gravel and spread it over the seeds until now they are completely covered.
- Wait 10 to 15 days. In this period of time, the first shoots should appear through the gravel.
- Wait for the lemon seeds, already sprouted, to have a seedling about 15 to 20 cm tall to remove and sow them individually.
Germinate lemon seeds in water
Germinating lemon seeds in water is even simpler than the previous method. However, both are equally effective. Next, we will teach you how to germinate lemon seeds in water with an easy step by step:
- Take the lemon seeds and immerse them in water for 3 hours. After the time, discard those seeds that remain floating. Leave only those that remain at the bottom of the container with water.
- Seal the container that contains the water and the seeds.
- Leave it for 15 days in a place where it does not give direct sunlight.
Once that time has passed, you will notice that some or all of the seeds will have germinated with their first root. Take them out of the container and plant them in a seedbed to finish the germination process. It is done!