While lemons are well known for their high level of vitamin C, they also contain riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, calcium, and folate.
Although quite sour, lemons are a highly refreshing and beneficial fruits with a number of health-giving properties and are one of the most alkaline-forming foods on the planet, which makes them excellent for regulating an acidic body.
And although lemons are most known for being packed with vitamin C, they are also rich in magnesium, thiamin, iron, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin B6, copper, calcium, potassium, and folate.
And if you thought an apple a day was healthy, consuming lemons each day can be quite rewarding for your well-being as well.
Eating lemons regularly is a great way to:
- Strengthen your immune system
- Alleviates pain and inflammation by reducing acidity and keeping your body’s pH balanced
- Reduces the risk of cancer as lemons contain compounds called limonoids which have been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon
- Puts you in a good mood and improves your focus and helps lessen anxiety and depression
- Reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis
- Enhances liver function
- Improve digestion
- Promotes a healthy weight loss
And while it is improbable that all of you will eat several lemons a day, the least you can do is drink lemon water. It is easy to make, refreshing, and highly healthy.
Once you’re used to drinking lemon water you’ll have a hard time finding a good replacement for it, even your usual morning coffee won’t cut it for you.
For you to constantly have lemon water you’ll need lemons, and for that a lemon tree. Lemon trees like warm, sunny climate all year round, but they can be home-grown just as easy.
Lemon shoots are not easy to find and to grow your very own lemon tree from a tiny seed can take a fair amount of your time (3 to 6 years), but the rewards are almost countless.
What you’ll need to get started:
- An organic lemon
If you are limited with space or are living somewhere where the climate is cool, Meyer lemons are probably what you need as they are great for growing in a container indoors.
Try to avoid non-organic lemons if these are the conditions you’re living in as they may contain seeds and may have difficulties germinating.
- Potting soil
Lemon trees flourish in potting soil that contains a mixture of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and some organic fertilizer.
Also make sure that the soil the shoot is planted in is light enough to be able to drain water properly, and if it isn’t you can add hardwood bark chips to the blend to make more space for air.
- A container
It’s always best to start with a small container since it will be much easier to maintain the right soil moisture than in a larger one, because if the soil is too moist in a big container, a young tree’s root could easily rot and dry.
It’s recommended to start off with an 8-inch diameter container, and when your tree reaches two or three years of age it should be moved it to a 10- to 12-inch container.
When still sprouting, a lemon tree will require a lot of light, natural or artificial, and it will need it from 10 to 14 hours of it each day. If possible, place it where it can get sunlight from the southern exposure.
If that’s out of the question, you can substitute sunlight by installing 40-watt fluorescent shop lights above the plant.
As we already said, it’s important to keep the soil evenly moist, and you plan to be growing it indoors, where most interiors are usually dry, you’ll need to mist your growing tree every day.
When you grow it indoors, citrus requires infrequent, deep water and not frequent shallow watering as it prefers when growing outdoors.
Sprouting your lemon seed:
- First and foremost you need to put some soil in a bucket and add water till the soil is damp
- Now put in the container you’ll be planting the tree in pre-moistened soul and allow about an inch of space below the rim of the container.
- Pick the biggest, best-looking seed you can find from a lemon and remove the flesh by popping the seed into your mouth and sucking on it till the lemon flavor is gone.
- Don’t allow the seeds to dry out as it must be moist in order to germinate. Simply keep the seed in your mouth till the moment you plant it.
- Plant the moist seed half-inch below the soil level and cover it with soil. Spray the soil with a spray bottle, or gently water it using a watering can.
- Cover the container with breathable plastic in order to keep the seed warm and moist.
- Now put your container in a warm area and be sure to check it often so that it stays warm and moist in order to germinate.
- Do not let your potting soil dry out completely or allow it to cook in searing heat as it could cause the seed to rot. It’s key to maintain balance between moisture and warmth.
- A small sprout should emerge in about a fortnight, and once it does, you may remove the plastic and place the budding lemon tree in a warm location exposed to lots of natural sunlight. If necessary, put it under the aforementioned 40-watt light which you can find in any shop.
How to care for your lemon tree properly?
There are several instructions which can help you grow a healthier lemon tree, including:
- Make sure your lemon tree receives plenty of nutrients. Therefore, shift your focus on using a more proper and organic fertilizer, even after your tree grows its first leaves.
- The best way to do this is to dig a ‘frame’ around the tree itself and fill it with compost. Repeat the procedure once or twice per year. In the meantime, water your lemon tree regularly and make sure you do not go overboard when using a fertilizer.
- Keep the soil regularly watered and make sure the water is absorbed properly, instead of stagnating in one place. This especially counts if the tree is still in active growth. The best way to prevent water overbuilt is by using pots with drainage holes on the sides.
- Your lemon tree will also need lots of sun exposure. If you grow it inside the house, make sure the plants gets from 8-10 hours of daylight. If you live in a cloudy area, artificial lighting is a great replacement for natural sunlight.
- Trees, much like every other live organism, need interaction. Don’t hesitate to give your lemon tree the TLC it needs, just as you would do with a pet or a family member. Studies confirm that nurturing your lemon tree, playing music around it and simply being positive can deliver a highly fruitful result. Pun intended.