Everyone knows that citrus fruits are abundant in vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. They are also rich in sugar which is why should be careful how much of them you are eating if you want to maintain a balanced diet.
There are some citrus fruits that are harder to grow than others, and thankfully, two of the best ones can be very easily grown right in your backyard. When you grow your fruit on your own, you are able to taste the difference in freshness and quality, and keep your body free from any chemical contamination that is associated with non-organic growing.
Here are the instructions on how to grow your own citrus fruits:
You should buy a baby tree (2-3 years old) if you want to get the best results with your lemons. Buy a a plastic or a clay pot (with a lot of holes in the bottom), and make sure that it is a bit larger than the actual root ball of the baby tree (growing, the tree might need a pot that is about 12-15 inches deep, and 17-20 inches in diameter) . Put the baby tree in the pot, and fill the drainage container with stones so as to improve air flow. Fill up the pot with the soil. You should know that some soils are specifically prepared for growing citrus fruits and for that reason it is more likely that they will give better results.
Basically these are all the preparations you will need. Your tree needs around 8-10 hours of sunlight a day, and a regular watering (be careful not to over-water it). Lemons usually need around 6-9 months to ripen, so when they have full color and a slight give to their touch – you are all set.
You can also grow lemon tree from just a seed.
You will need these things:
- Organic lemon since non-organic lemons very often contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil, if it is possible to contain vermiculite, perlite, peat, and natural fertilizers
- Some planting pot (6 inches wide and 6 inches deep)
- Some seedling pot (24 inches wide and 12 inches deep)
- Some sunny, indoor growing location and if you have a grow lamp it would be great
Go by the following steps to grow your lemon tree:
- Moisten the potting soil until it becomes damp all the way through; be careful not to soak it.
- Fill the small pot with soil, all the way up to one inch below the rim.
- Open the lemon fruit and remove the seed. Remove the pulp from the surface of the seed. You can do this by sucking it until it’s clean.
- You must plant it right away. The seed must still be moist when it’s buried into the soil. Plant the seed around half an inch deep in the middle of the pot.
- With a spray bottle filled with water, gently spray the soil that is right above the seed.
- Cover the pot with some clear plastic wrap and use a good rubber band to seal the edges. Poke small holes in the top.
- Put the pot in a sunny and warm location.
- From time to time spray it with water, don’t allow the soil to dry out. The soil needs to be kept somewhat moist, so don’t over-water it.
- A sprouting should emerge after about 2 weeks. Then, take the plastic covering off. If you don’t have enough light for the lemon plant, you might use a grow light to supplement the sun’s light.
- The baby plant needs to be in damp soil, having at least 8 hours of light every day, and you need to give it moderate doses of organic fertilizer.
- Be careful of diseases or bugs that may attack your plant. Protect the new lemon tree by pruning off brown, dead leaves when it is necessary, and use pesticides when it is absolutely necessary.
- When the plant outgrows the small pot, you need to put it in the bigger pot. The re-planting procedure is similar like when you first planted it. The younger plant needs more water than the older one, yet they all need an adequate amount of water. Take care to provide it with it.
If you want to grow the tree indoors, a baby tree is the best option, like with the lemon tree. Baby trees are disposed to have more successful growth records than seeds. Prepare the pot same as it was described for lemons (put rocks, and make some holes at the bottom), and give the tree the regular sunlight.
Usually, mandarin trees don’t grow taller than six feet in height, and this makes them safe for indoor growing. Water them regularly just be careful to not over-water them, and change the pot to a larger one when the roots grow back on themselves or poke out of the drainage holes.
As soon as the fruit turn orange, you should pick them, because otherwise they will start to lose their flavor.
Tip: make sure that the small button at the top of the orange stays there when you are picking the oranges off of the tree.
These 2 easy ways are going to provide you with delicious citrus fruits on your table without some much work.