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Growing a Lemon Tree at Home

S.FaithScarlet Faith has always grown gardens since she was a little girl and lived in a kind of garden suburbs. She really got into herbs when grocery prices started going through the roof. If you are going to grow something, why not grow something you will use. That is the way she thinks about it anyway. Read more from Scarlet by visiting her blog Beautiful Body By Faith. 

"Girls just want to have fuuu'un," (Go ahead and sing to Cyndi Lauper's old tune!) "just growing herbs." Hmmm ... I guess guys do, too.


I love to read anything on herbs; I learn from what others have to say, then I kinda figure things out on my own. I want to try to see if it would be easier and if the herb will grow well with my idea. For example, I have always wanted to learn how to grow a lemon tree. And boy are they expensive! I have plans to buy a pink striped lemon tree, but anything over $20 seems expensive to me. I am just a little country southern girl who would rather make it than buy it. But that is just me.

So I read up on growing lemon trees, bought some lemons that had never been refrigerated, saved the seeds, let them dry out for about two and a half weeks, planted them in a little round seed sprouting disk, and wah-la!

Lemon Tree 2-1-2012 

I now have a lemon tree that has been growing for nearly seven years. I had to cut it down almost to the bare trunk when I moved to North Carolina from Georgia. And now, she is putting back out very nicely and doing pretty well, I might add. (For more information, find me on Facebook; don't forget to like me!) She will not produce lemons, they say, unless I graph her with a budding piece of a lemon tree. But to me, no lemons will be fine. And here's why.

Now that it's winter time and I have the heater going. The air gets very, very dry and I have awful sinuses. Whats a girl to do? The old time country thing, of course. I put on a pot of boiling water and trim off a few lemon leaves that are starting to yellow and throw them in the water. When it starts to come to a full boil I will turn it down to simmer and steam slowly to create a facial steam. I don't leave it on if I go upstairs—safety is always the best policy. When it starts steaming—and boy does it smell lemony good—I breathe in my lemon steamand my sinuses feel wonderful again. I have tried humidifiers, but I haven't found one that I like yet. They are usually pretty hard to clean. A pot of boiling water is so easy to use and even more easy to clean.

I grow my lemon tree in a container; I always change out her dirt and bring her in before we have a frost. I let her stay out until we get down to about 40 degrees at night. When I do bring her in for the winter, I put her in a very sunny window and I always water her at least once a week. I give her food once before the change of each season. A happy plant is a healthy plant!

Here is a little tidbit from me: If you really want a plant to grow and thrive, a little weirdness is called for. I talk to my sweet little lemon tree, play music for her (she likes Madonna and the top hits), and I send her lots of love. Plants make great friends. They never talk back. They are great listeners. And plants can really make you feel special by showing you that you can accomplish the goals you set for yourself. When you see your plant grow and it thrives for years, a relationship is made. It is the little things that make life special. Just think about it.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you by emailing me at
Here is the fruit cup, dirt pod and seed.

Fruit Cup 2-1-2012 

Put the dirt pod into the fruit cup. Add just enough water to expand the dirt pod. Now, put the seed into the dirt. Make sure the dirt covers the seed. Wait 2 to 6 weeks and you should have a baby lemon tree start to grow.

Lemon Tree Cropped 2-1-2012
You can grow a lemont tree, such as this, with a little tender, love and care.
Photos by Ms. Scarlet Faith

Ok little grasshopper. This is where you must be patient and take care of your new baby. After you get a pretty good root system and a good size plant, transfer it to a large pot with a little plant food or you can try to grow hydroponically and see how it does. Good luck and many blessings to all you growers out here. Please share and leave comments on how your growing adventures have worked out for you.