The Q&A Archives: Lemon trees

Question: I plant some seeds from a regular grocery store lemon couple months ago and now I have 4 litle plants( they are about 4 to 6

Answer: What fun! The fruit from your lemon trees will be similar, but not exactly the same as the lemon you bought from the grocery store. This is because the seed is carrying genes from both parents which could differ from the original. But however it looks or tastes, it will still be a lemon. Lemon trees started from seed can begin to bare fruit in 4-10 years. For right now I would plan on growing them indoors, in bright light. When they have 4 sets of leaves move each into its own container so they will have plenty of root room. A 6" pot for each should be fine. Use potting soil in the pots and moisten it before filling the pots and transplanting your new trees. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. I allow the very top of the potting soil to dry out between waterings. Place your trees in a bright location, but out of direct sunshine. Lemon trees make lovely houseplants! Next spring you'll want to take your trees outdoors and gradually expose them to a little morning sunshine Don't prune them - you want a single trunk with lots of branches, which they will develop all on their own. Best wishes with your new little trees!

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