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May 15, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Hello, can someone please help me? I planted lemon seeds last summer, they have been growing strong ever since. The plant is inside & I put it out on nice warm sunny days. I feel I am at a point right now where I do not know what to do with them, should I replant some of the individual sprouts? Should I combine the root systems together & replant, so All my sprouts form 1 tree? I also have one sprout that looks different than the rest.
Please help me, I know it will take a long time before I see a bloom or fruit... But I really don't want to buy my lemons from a store anymore!
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the advise!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 15, 2017 11:09 AM CST
I gather you live in a climate that is unsuitable for growing lemons outside, which would be the best option. The plants look prosperous at the moment, but they will need to be repotted separately so that they can grow well. The different looking one is probably from a seed that will never produce fruit. I would choose two or three of the most vigorous ones and give them individual pots which will be your best chance of getting fruit in the next ten years or so - and it is still not a sure thing that they will ever fruit. Good Luck! - and have fun with your experiment.
Name: Elaine
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May 15, 2017 12:03 PM CST
I agree Each one of your lemon plants needs its own pot. You also will need to buy some special fertilizer that is specifically formulated for citrus, but use it at no more than half strength while your plants are small (at least a couple more years). You can buy it online. It will have the right proportions of micronutrients for a citrus tree.

Please let us know where you are located, so we can advise you on growing your lemons outdoors? Even in summer, for example, the nights will often be too cold for a small lemon plant to be left outdoors in places like Minnesota and Wisconsin or most of inland Canada.

Lemons do need warmth, full sun and soil that never dries out.Humidity is also a good thing, so if you are in a dry area of the country, you may need to take special care to mist/water your lemons both when they are indoors and out.

You're obviously doing a good job so far but it's a very long road you've set out on. As porkpal says, citrus trees grown from seed can take 8 or 10 years to bear fruit. Also, what you get as fruit won't necessarily be the same as the fruit you got the seeds from.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 15, 2017 1:45 PM CST
That one that looks different? could that be an oak?

I once had a citrus that lasted ten years, but, one move too many, and it got left behind...
no rapture.

and no flowers.

Please tell us where you live.

There are hardy oranges (Poncirus trifoliata) that are hardy as far north as New York State....
I use the juice and peel to make beverages, and anywhere I'd use lemon juice...

There are also a number of other sorta hardy citrus for the determined gardener...
I know where an ichang lemon tree is growing in Macon GA, and I've got several seedlings growing, unfortunately the tops keep dying back down to the roots at my house.... But... I keep trying...
I usta have a good cold hardy citrus link, but... seem to have lost it...
but... check the nurseries google finds:

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