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shrubbycookie
Apr 16, 2018 9:27 AM CST
7 years ago I ate the best lemons ever and I took seeds out of them and tried to grow my own tree. It took a loong time but three of them finally grew and only two survived.
I have never cut them or pruned them except some yellow leaves. They have never produced any lemons or flowers.
I have a garden as well and the climate is warm and temperate so they should enjoy it there, but I am not sure how and when to transplant them, because my mom moved one of the trees from our living room to the garden and it didn't survive.
The first tree is really small and I think I should cut the lower two branches but I'm afraid that then the tree would be left bare since it is not growing as fast and well as the second tree.
On the other hand, the second tree seems to elongate and not bushy at all. I have read that I should cut the tip of the tree to promote branching but I'm afraid of doing that because it is growing the best from the top, the lower leaves are becoming yellow, one at a time, through a longer period.
So, I'm not really sure what to do next.. I really want to make sure I do what is best for them and at the right time :)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Have a nice day!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 17, 2018 12:48 PM CST
It's doubtful, you'll ever get a lemon, or a good lemon.
Does anyone near you grow lemons ?
Lemons need a little frost to sweeten up. Then more cool weather, to bloom in early spring.
Most need to be graphed, unless your lucky.
They will never produce inside a house, they are outdoor trees.

Good News is !😀! You can plant them outside, if you do it correctly.
What you need to do, is introduce them to direct sunlight slowly. Preferably during cooler weather.

To start. Put them outside, where they will get one hour of direct, early morning sun a day.
After, 3 or 4 days, move them to get 2 hours morning sun.
Add one hour every few days.
Continue this pattern till there fully adjusted to all day sun.
Then plant them.





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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Apr 17, 2018 2:34 PM CST
You can grow a lemon tree in a pot and you could have fruit. But first, the tree needs to be old enough - the minimum age for blooming is 7 years but it could be a lot longer. I'm not sure a lemon could survive a winter in Croatia but if you live in a milder area where temps barely hit freezing, it would grow well.

Right now though, you need to get your trees outside. Find a shady outside. Even an hour's worth of sun will burn them but after they have been outside for a week or so, a little sun would do them good. If you have a spot under a tree where they can spend the summer, that would be perfect.

Citrus do often come true to the parent plant from seed. If you know what you are looking for, you can figure that out when they are seedlings. Citrus, unlike other plants, form two types of seeds: monoembryonic (containing one embryo) and polyembryonic (containing multiple embryos). The monoembryonic seed is like any other seed in that it has genetic material from both parents. In polyembryonic seeds, on the other hand, several embryos are formed from the genetic material of the mother plant only.

Obviously, you can tell which you have if you dissect your seeds but that ruins the seeds. But, if your plants started life as a little herd of plants or if some of your seedlings are more vigorous than others, those will be the clonal plants.

Hope this helps.
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