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Growing a Lemon Tree From Seeds at Home

Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

6 years...strong & healthy...all this from just one lemon seed


A Most Exciting Day

Today is a day that marks a momentous occasion in my gardening experience. Today I have planted my lemon tree in the ground. It is so exciting to me as I have coddled and loved on this plant for six years. From one tiny seed has come this amazing tree. Now the wait is on for a lemon which may not come for many years.

Drop down if you will and look at some of the early photos of this lemon tree. I had NO idea that it would turn from a seed to the lovely plant I have now. Yes, I do know the science of growing things but this was like magic to me Give it a try.

About 22 inches tall now....loving the abundant rain we have finally received


My little lemon tree grown from one seed (it hardly seems possible but it's true) is thriving. It is very happy right now in particular. We are having a dry spell so rain will be welcome. Despite the lack of rain it is a happy little plant.

It is very low maintenance however. I have kept it in semi-shade during its fragile moments as it grows. It is becoming strong and sturdy. I transplanted it into a larger pot a few weeks ago and it is looking better than ever.

I know a lemon is years away but this is thrilling to me....obviously it does not take much to thrill me.

New Photo Op of the Little Lemon Tree

This little lemon tree spent the night in the house last night as we had a 32 degree night...not normal for Almost April in Florida.

This little lemon tree spent the night in the house last night as we had a 32 degree night...not normal for Almost April in Florida.

Here is my baby.....about 14 inches tall


Lemon growing


The Tallest Fledgling Tree is a Year Of Age Now; the tiny one is about 3 months


Lovely lemon ....sliced and ready to be 'de-seeded'


Lemony goodness

A favorite citrus fruit is the lemon. Its aroma is reason enough to keep it around but it adds so much flavor to many foods that it is a fruit I keep on hand at all times.

A few months back I purchased some luscious lemons at the local market. One of the ways I use them is in my daily lemon water so I wanted really flavorful ones. These were some of the best of the summer.

For some reason I decided to save the seeds. I had thought about saving them before but just had not done so. I did keep some though for a week or two and then decided to plant them.

Included here too are some fun quotes about lemons and some of the great uses for them.

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When life hands you lemonade, don’t try to make lemons.

— unknown

Let's Not Take This Too Seriously....

When life gives you lemons make grape juice and sit back and watch the world ask how you did it.

— Tori Truax

Six Month Old Lemon Tree


Happy Birthday Little Plant

Further down in this article I show an update of the this one is out of order. Just thought you might like to see what to expect after six months.

Growth can be expedited with a hot house effect if desired but that is not being employed for this little plant.

When life gives you lemons, give them to me, I love free stuff!.

— unknown

A Learning Curve

Following directions someone gave me, seeds were planted and waiting began.

And more waiting.

Still more.

Nothing happened.

It was time to begin again.

When I returned to the market two weeks later, the very same spectacular lemons were there so once again I stocked up.

As I used them I saved the seeds. This time I soaked the seeds over night in warm water. Then I planted them.

I found out that letting them dry out was my big mistake. Apparently they do not like to be dried out.

A Few of the Seeds that Were Planted Later


They DID grow...

Again I waited and waited. And, of course, I watered them daily as the potting material dries out very quickly.

The tiny plants shown in the little pots are the result.

This is very exciting to me.

As they continue to grow and flourish I will come back and show you the results.

I am not a professional citrus grower. If you would like professional advice, you may wish to contact someone who specializes in growing citrus fruit

These are just being grown as an experiment really.

Some Uses for Lemons You May Not Know

The Fledgling Lemon Trees


What You Need to do This at Home

Six or eight lemon seeds

  • Warm water
  • Jar
  • Several terra cotta pots
  • Mix : perlite, vermiculite, potting soil, and a time released fertilizer you can shake into the soil/I had these items on hand but if you do not---You can often find the mix suggested above already in a bag.
  • The fertilizer is usually in a container that allows you to shake out the amount you want into your pots.

A Little Humor...

If life gives you lemons, throw 'em back and yell, "I wanted chocolate."

— unknown

What to do

  • Rinse seeds and place in warm water to soak overnight.
  • Place plant soil you have prepared in a pot.
  • Put two or three seeds in about a half to three quarters of an inch deep.
  • Cover gently.
  • Water.

After this initial process, water daily.

In about ten days you will have sweet little fledgling plants.

Some sources suggest keeping them inside till they germinate. I did not as it has been perfect for them on the porch. Of course when it gets colder they will come inside.

Some Benefits of Lemons You May Not Know

Lemon JuiceSome HealhfulBeneftits

Consuming lemon juice

may help with

the following:

having trouble sleeping


bad breath

mouth sores

nervousness or feeling anxious

corns and callouses

removes toxic substances from our body

Another view...


This is an update on the little trees


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Patricia Scott


Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

I thank you for stopping by....I adore my little lemony gal every day. Thanks for sharing your interest g experience. Angels headed your way. ps

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on June 03, 2020:

While living in Jacksonville (FL), the previous owner of the last house I lived in with my daughter and her family had left a bunch of potted lemon trees, about ten feet in height each. I couldn't believe it. Why buy these beautiful specimens and then not place them in the ground? The poor things had roots pushing through the holes in the plastic containers in an effort to anchor into the ground for nourishment. I felt sorry for the trees and wanted to get them out of the limiting containers by planting them in the ground, but the trees were very difficult to free--not only from the pot, but from the ground!

We only lived at that house a little over a year, so I wasn't able to do much for those poor lemon trees. I did have other household chores, and I focused on composting and developing the front sidewalk entry so it looked more colorful and a little more symmetrical. There was a lot of work to do.

I truly appreciate your patience with the seeds. I'm sure the lemon deva loves you!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on December 01, 2019:

It is fun watching it grow from a seed into a tree. It is still small but robust. I am hoping for a lemon next year. Thank you for stopping. Angels are on the way ps

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2019:

This is a great idea and I will definitely try it. I bought a lemon tree in 2009 seven years later we had a lot of lemons but it did not survive the extremely cold weather in 2017.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on August 03, 2019:

That sounds good...I use plant food from our local nursery and so far my little plant is happily growing Hope you have continued success with your lemon tree Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Perspycacious on July 28, 2019:

24 good-sized lemons in 2019, and the two plants have been repotted to larger pots and additional quality soil. We also use drops of liquid plant fertilizer you can obtain at stores where gardening materials are sold.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 27, 2019:

O you will be thrilled. I have grown tons of things from seed but this accomplishment outshines all others in my mind. I am so excited and peek at it all of the time to see any signs of a lemon. Let me know how it goes. Thank you for stopping. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

RTalloni on July 26, 2019:

Something about even the word lemon is refreshing and I enjoyed seeing your method of starting trees from seeds. Watching the seedling grow through the years is a neat thing. Knowing that inside tiny little plants is the power to grow at just the right pace is thrilling. Love the fun quotes. You've encouraged me to try doing this and I'm looking forward to trying.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit. I am so tickled with my lemon tree I will be so excited to see lemons on my tree. Angels are on the way this evening So sorry for the delay in responding so much is happening with my family ps

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 08, 2019:

What a great planting exercise. I've never seen one reach this level of maturity. Terrific. Thanks for sharing.



Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 06, 2019:

O Thank you once again for visiting. My little tree is growing growing and I am hopefully maybe next year I will have a lemon. It is healthy and happy but no lemons yet Angels once again are on the way ps

Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 03, 2019:

I enjoy lemons every day with my morning routine. I discard the seeds, because I had not thought about growing a lemon tree from seeds. You have shown that this would be a rewarding project. And, thanks for the excellent tip about soaking the seeds overnight. I think I will try this and look forward to fresh lemons in a few years down the road.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 07, 2019:

Awesome I can hardly wait to enjoy fruit from mine---it is so exciting to watch a seed transform into a tree Angels headed your way this afternoon ps

Perspycacious on February 26, 2019:

The lemon trees from my Hub are in their third year of production. I had 6 on one tree and more than 12 on the other. Delicious peel and all. Save seeds and use a good south-facing window along with frequent watering. One crossed with a tangerine that now gives us the peel and sections of a tangerine, but definitely lemon juice!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on February 26, 2019:

Carefully cut back but try to be patient.

Denise Izzo on February 17, 2019:

Help! My tree grown from seed now 12 inches tall with nice thorns. Developed something that made leaves very pale and it stopped growing. But still strong. Can I cut it back to get new shoots? I want lemons!!!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 07, 2018:

Tell her to be little tree has been growing for years.

Sarah lee on May 04, 2018:

My little grand daughter (3) planted lemon seeds the plant has grown But doesn't look like yours she is looking after it so much but I don't think it's a lemon yours looks very good well done x

Jeff on April 13, 2018:

Ours lasted about 4 years before I goofed up. Ants were in the pot and I took it back outside. Lost track of time and it froze. It was about 5 feet tall and we are in PA

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 11, 2017:

Thank you good luck with yours...I have used that method too and it works out nicely in most cases. My little tree is happy happy which makes me in turn happy happy.

Angels are on the way. ps

Richard Peej from Leicester Uk on September 20, 2017:

I love your little tree Patricia. I've just removed the husks off some lemon seeds, wrapped them in a moistened paper towel and placed them in a resealable clear plastic bag. I am now putting them somewhere dark and warm and hoping they germinate in about 5 days to a week. I soaked them first for a day. Here's hoping..

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 13, 2015:

How cool, Sheila. I am so excited to hear of others sharing this experience ...I can't wait to get home to see mine...I have been away over two weeks and my grandson has been caring for them for me. I have two that are strong and healthy.

It will be fun to share photos of the first lemons.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 10, 2015:

I had to come back and re-visit this hub! I took your advice and planted some lemon seeds. It is now October and I have 3 lemon trees growing in pots on my porch. The largest is about 2 feet tall now! I will be bringing them in soon and hope they make it through the winter inside. I would love to have lemon trees with lemons in a couple of years!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 29, 2015:

O I am so excited. It has grown quite a bit. It is time to take another photo of is growing so nicely.

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 22, 2015:

What a great idea, I always like having a lemon tree in the backyard! Thanks for the tip about not drying out the seeds, I've also been guilty of this in the past and wondered why they didn't grow. Voted awesome and up ;)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 15, 2015:

O well, it will be years before they need enough water to make a difference in your personal water usage. And then you could use rain water to water them.

You might really want to give this a try, poetryman :D

Thanks for visiting Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on April 15, 2015:

hi AuFait I updated a few weeks back. Only one survived the winter. And it is growing stronger and healthier each day. I am so excited and plan to plant more seeds soon.

It is fun will feel like a proud Momma.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

poetryman6969 on April 13, 2015:

A nice little project. Unfortunately I am moving to a place where they would fine me for using extra water so I will not get to try this!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 13, 2015:

Sounds like a fun project and a nice conversation addition to your home. Are they still growing well? I once grew a sweet potato into a plant and it was beautiful. So nice to have houseplants that don't cost the earth.

Voted up, UI, and will share with followers. Also pinned to Awesone HubPages.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 28, 2015:


Thank you for stopping...I do hope you have a chance to try this. I am getting ready to try limes soon. Why not, right?

Sadly only the one survives as the others got too cold. Even though I had them inside the area was just too cool for them.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 27, 2015:

We love lemons, so growing our own lemon trees seems like wisdom in action. I may well need to give this a shot myself. Thanks for the idea.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 27, 2015:

Hi Adventuretravels

I love my honey is still a new morning so he is snuggled up beside his Momma while I work. He has to lie next to me and touch me whenever he can.

I hope you have a chance to grow your own little lemon tree. It is quite an adventure. I feel like a Momma as I watch over the one surviving one.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Giovanna from UK on March 26, 2015:

I love lemons. My mum always carried alemon in her handbag in case she needed it! I use it to do everything. I used to grow them too but I haven't in a long time now. I love your honey bunny by the way. Thanks for the angels.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 24, 2015:

O yes for sure there are many ways to grow these little trees.

Experimenting will often allow us to discover the way that works best for us. thanks for visiting....I am updating the hub with a new photo this morning...I am so excited that this little plant is doing so nicely.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on March 24, 2015:

While you can save the seeds as suggested, there are definite benefits to starting your day with one sixth of a lemon, peel and all (except the seeds.)

Check out Hubs on the subject.

I enjoyed the video's 10 Uses For Lemons. It was informative. Thanks.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on March 23, 2015:

Hi Sheila O it is so exciting. The winter got all but one of them but the remaining one is strong and healthy. I am going to photo it and share so all can see. I am tickled pink

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 20, 2015:

I love lemons and can't wait to try this! Spring has just arrived, so I will be able to plant the seeds and set them out on my porch. Definitely going to give this a try!

ezzly on January 31, 2015:

Great tip thanks :)

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on January 31, 2015:

You could grow them inside for years. Then worry about what to do with them when they are grown :)thanks for stopping by. More Angels on the way. PS

ezzly on January 31, 2015: