How to Plant Meyer Lemons From Seeds

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Meyer lemons, often described as a cross between an orange and a lemon, have a sweet taste without as much of the bitterness of a typical lemon. You can grow your own Meyer lemon tree from the seeds of a Meyer lemon. The seeds germinate better when planted right away because they still contain plenty of moisture. Once the seeds begin growing and sprouting, you can grow your tree indoors in a pot or plant it outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Meyer lemon
  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Buy a Meyer lemon from the store. Remove the seeds from the lemon.

  • Wash the seeds to remove sugar. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep in a pot that has drainage holes.

  • Fill the pot with pasteurized potting soil. You can pasteurize the soil by heating it at 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven for 30 minutes.

  • Add a slight amount of moisture to the potting soil. Cover the top of the pot with plastic wrap. This will ensure that the soil does not evaporate too quickly and dry out the seed. Continue to add water when the soil becomes dry, but do not make the soil soggy.

  • Place the pot in a warm location. The seeds do not need a lot of light until they germinate. Once the seedlings appear, place them in the window to receive sunlight and remove the plastic wrap.

  • Water the lemon tree seedlings regularly. Make sure the tree receives at least eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Continue to nurture the plant in the pot to restrict its size, or transplant the tree outside once it becomes too large for its container. You can also move the Meyer lemon tree to a larger pot once the seedlings grow firm roots.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the soil in the pot every three to four years to keep the tree healthy.
  • The preferred hardiness zones of the lemon trees are 9, 10 and 11.
  • Meyer lemon trees can grow 15 feet tall when planted outside.
  • Lemon trees grown from seeds can take up to eight years before they bloom and produce fruit.

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