Did you ever wonder How to Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree from a Seed Indoors?
Growing a cute little Meyer Lemon Tree is surprisingly easy peasy!
I’m glad you’ve joined me to let me explain this fun growing process.
Who wouldn’t wanna watch this cute lil’ lemon tree come to life, right?
Meyer lemon trees will flourish in warm outdoor climates zone 9-11.
In all other climates they may be moved indoors for the colder months.
Lemon trees produce a tart, slightly sweet fruit that starts out green and ripens to a beautiful yellow!
The Meyer Lemon Fruit can be used for cooking, baking, and even home remedies.
Finally…here we go, this is how to grow your very own lemon tree from the seed of a store bought lemon!
Grow a Meyer Lemon Tree from a Seed Indoors
-One Meyer Lemon (purchased from your local grocery store)
-Potting Soil, There are many nice seed starting soils like this Seed Starting Soil
-A Medium Sized 5″ or 6″ Pot with drainage hole (I prefer terra cotta, I love the look and it helps control moisture) This Terra Cotta Pot comes COMPLETE with dirt, plastic bag, and the beautiful pot!
-A 2 Litter Plastic Clean Soda Bottle Cut in Half OR a Plastic Bag
-Misting Bottle for easy watering like these beautiful glass bottles
Cut your lemon in half and scoop out the seeds.
Wash your seeds in a small bowl of warm water rinsing away the soft pulp surrounding the seed.
Place your seeds on a paper towel as your prepare your pot of soil.
Fill your pot with soil. Plant all of your seeds about 1/2 inch deep within your soil.
I planted all of my seeds because most likely only a couple will survive.
Cover your newly planted lemon baby seeds with the top of a plastic 2 litter soda bottle Or Plastic Bag. If using the 2 liter bottle leave the screw lid on. I found the plastic screw lid is a great way to manage the moisture content.
Spray your soil with a small spray mister bottle through the lid. It creates the perfect little growing zone for your new babies! Place your newly planted pot in a sunny window. Meyer Lemon trees enjoy light!
Keep your soil moist, not overly wet.
Within 3-4 weeks you will see your sweet little Meyer babies poking through the soil!
Oh my what a heart touching moment to see! I was in love as soon as mine poked their little leaves through.
Such cute lil’ lemon sprouts!
Remove the plastic bottle once the little sprouts look sturdy enough to hold their own. I waited until they each had four little leaves.
After they grow a bit, divide them into their own smaller 3″ or 4″ pots. (as mentioned before, I enjoy terra-cotta pots) This Sweet Little Terra Cotta Pot Set is ADORABLE! It includes set of 2 terra cotta pots.
They are perfectly proportioned for little lemon seedling trees.
Love Your Lemon Tree!
Name Him or Her, Mine is named:
MEYER LEMON TREE CARE:
Your indoor potted Meyer Lemon Tree enjoys lots of sunshine; place him/her in a sunny window.
Indoor Meyer Lemon Trees to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly and allow to dry out until next watering.
Your Meyer Lemon Tree also enjoy to be misted, as they are high humidity lovers.
Meyer Lemon Trees enjoy a daytime temp of 70’ish degrees and a nighttime temp of 55’ish degrees.
Citrus food during it’s active growing season, typically April through Spring.
Pests: Meyer Lemon Tress are susceptible to mealy bugs, spider mites, and scale.
Check the trunk and leaves often for signs of pests, if found you may try swabbing the around with an alcohol dipped cotton swab. Insecticidal soap may also be used.
Growth: Repot into a larger pot with drainage as needed
LEMON FUN FACTS:
A Meyer Lemon is a cross between a lemon and mandarin orange.
Your Indoor Lemon Tree can be hand pollinated with a tiny paint brush or cotton swab!
The Meyer Citrus Tree produces Sweet Smelling Flowers.
Interesting enough, Meyer Lemon is typically smaller than a regular lemon.
Meyer Lemon is a little sweeter than a regular lemon.
It takes a few years for your lemon tree to produce fruit.
The most fun fact of all is you’ll have a little life to look after, and most of all you’ll smile every day you look at your sweet lil’ new baby Meyer Lemon Tree! Yet another beautiful way to enjoy Simply Living a Less is More Lifestyle!
What are you waiting for?
Go have some growing green fun!
To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES GROWING A LEMON TREE!
DID YOU GROW ONE FROM SEED? ANY ADDITIONAL TIPS? HOW OLD IS YOURS?
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Peace, Love, and Simple Living Friends!
I have a Meyer lemon tree that is about a year old, probably more like 2 since I got a baby tree last spring. It is now a 3′ tall plant. My problem: It has gotten lovely flowers, buds and teeny lemons twice, only to have them fall off. It also has yellowish swirly spots on the leaves. Any suggestions?
Hi Barb, Your tree sounds lovely!
I’m so sorry to hear it’s not producing and the leaves are yellowing.
Mine too has yellowed in the past and typically that’s when it feels it needs food/fertilizer and/or magnesium.
I like to sprinkle or splash a bit of epsom salt once in a while, however make certain you don’t get it on it’s leaves it will burn it.
You can either sprinkle it on the soil and water or you can dissolve it in water…you don’t need much. I typically use 1 TSP to a gallon of water.
There are a number of other situations that could cause yellowing of the leaves for instance pests, disease.
Another thing I love doing with mine is flushing it with clean water every so often to make sure I’m not getting an overload of salt. I do this with clean water and simply let the water run through the pot. Hope this helps a bit!
Do I remove the outer shell of the seed and plant the inner seed? Or do I leave it intact?
I left the outer shell in tact, I removed the seeds from the lemon and washed them a bit in water, dried a little on a paper towel and planted them. My Lemon Tree is Now Growing strong outside in my yard! Such Fun!
I started with about 5 lemons, maybe 150 seeds. I washed them, then dried them, then peeled off the outer skin. I then placed them on a paper towel about 25 for each towel, wet the towel thoroughly, folded and place each towel in a plastic bag. I then put the bag in a dark place for about 10 days and today I have started to plant the seeds. All 150 seeds have sprouted. I was surprised that they all sprouted with about 1/2′ root.
I have taken the sprouts and put them in a small plastic glass with good soil. The root facing down and the top above the soil. I watered them thoroughly and now will watch them grow.
Update later when I transplant them into pots.
Oh my that is awesome! It sounds like you will have quite the lemon orchard.
They are super fun to watch grow from sprouts to babies to lemon trees. Mine is still growing and growing.
So fun! Thank you for leaving a comment, and thank you for enjoying my blog.
Hi Erin, I started a lemon tree about 3 years ago. It is about 3 feet tall. It has not yet produced flowers. The yellow leaf issue was solved with G&B Organic Citrus fertilizer from the local nursery. I found your site wondering if anyone was able to produce fruit from a tree started from an organic store bought Meyer Lemon. Any Suggestions.
Hi Jo Anna,
Thank you for enjoying my site.
My Sweet Lemon Tree I ended up planting it outside in Zone 8b.
It is loving life, however it does struggle a bit perking back if we have cold nights.
To answer your question, I too have not yet gotten fruit. Every year I’m hopeful…but no luck yet.
If I do end up getting fruit I will for sure update with a new blog.
Thanks a bunch for your comment, let me know if yours ends up producing fruit for you.