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Reader Hints on Lemon Seed Germination


Lemon seedlings

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As you may already know, I have a post (and a few follow-ups: after 3 weeks and after 2 years) on easy tips for lemon seed germination, which have gathered quite a few visits since I wrote them. They have also collected a few comments, with really useful tips that I want to share with you now.




Michelle Hammersmith (sorry, she didn't gave any backlink!) has a few great suggestions.


  • After they have a root, plant them in special citrus compost. It should not be really expensive.

  • Remember: the seeds need a pH around 5.5, this means that you can use some ericaceous (Wikipedia) compost (for lime-hating plants), and if your water zone is marked as "strong", be sure not to use tap water for watering: The soil needs to be slightly acidic.

  • Beware of breaking the root when planting!

  • If there is not enough sunlight where you keep it, buy a cheap aquarium lamp, it will do wonders.

  • If you are really into it, buy a low-power heated propagator.

  • The process followed also works for other citrus plants as qumkuats, mandarins, oranges, grapefruit.
An anonymous reader suggests moving the plant to a bigger pot, with good drainage.

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