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Has Anyone Else Grown a Lemon Tree?

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Some time ago I was chatting on here about my desire to grow a Lemon tree, I believe it may have been with sunny101

Well I opted to be lazy and buy but after pricing between £40 and £60 pounds I have up on that idea!

Found some tutorials on YouTube about growing from seed but first lot failed, I think the conservatory was far too hot, so tried again. They were meant to show after 10 days but nothing had happened so after two weeks I guessed I had failed again. So glad I didn't ditch them as it is now 3 weeks and two little shoots (out of about a dozen) have popped their heads up. I am thrilled but scared they won't make it lol.

Anyone else successfully grown lemon trees from seed, or any other out of the ordinary fruit and veg?

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Lynibis
2 months ago
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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 months ago

A baby lemon tree! Well done Lynibis! I remember that chat. I had bought one from Aldi.

I hope it thrives for you. 🍋

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

I am keeping my fingers crossed but the last one that popped up was long and stringey and ended up falling over and dying. However, this one seems to have leaves already.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 months ago

Interesting did you buy seeds or just use seeds from a lemon

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

I buy a lot of lemons not just as food but for cleaning and popping in dishwasher. I chopped a few up for the garden, as they seem to keep the neighbour's cats away, so I used the seeds from them. Strangely there were only two or three in each lemon.

I was recently told that growers deliberately grow seedless fruits to stop Joe Public growing them!

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 months ago

Lynibis they keep cats away. I will have to tell my dad that

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

Imnotcheap any citrus peel will do it. I don't bother with peel I just chop them finely and toss all over the gravel and slate chips. They don't even show in the gravel and just disintegrate into it.

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

Morning Lynibis and, yes, it was me. 😄 I have lemons and satsumas grown from seed. The orange shrub flowered but the fruits never set. Because of this problem I bought a lemon plant to compliment my home grown one and now the two can be cross pollinated. Nothing quite like harvesting your own lemons. (grown in a conservatory)

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

Yes, you inspired me although it took a while to get round to it. Can you give me any tips for fertiliser and/or compost when/if it gets bigger and I need to pot on please?

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RegularComper90
RegularComper902 months ago

They look delicious. First thing that came to mind when I saw your photo was a nice lemon drizzle sponge cake. 😋

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

Lynibis Firstly, don't give up on the other seeds in that pot. Some take weeks to come through and then they appear as multiple spikes that will need to be separated. Even if they don't flower/fruit they are really decorative plants that don't need huge pots. (just beware of the long lethal spikes running along the stems) Look for a feed high in nitrogen or just look up 'citrus feed'. In the first year of being an established plant you will need to give it a feed every 8 weeks or so and barely water during the cold months. Keep us updated. I'm trying to grow ginger at the moment and failing miserably. 😄

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

RegularComper90 I can't lie........lemon drizzle was the second option that came to mind. 😉

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

sunny101 thanks everso for that. I won't give up on the others and once I think they are hardy enough will start with the feed. 10 out of 10 for your adventurous trials with plants. It would be great to succeed with ginger.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

sunny101 Yay, you were right, a third one has popped its head out today!

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

Lynibis You'll have a pot full in a few days. 😆

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

sunny101 hi, wondered if I might ask more advice. I now have 10 tiny seedlings but am not sure when I should pot on. I will soon buy some citrus friendly compost but understand from your advice above not to feed yet.

I am not being lazy lol but Google doesn't seem to give straight answers. Doesn't look like 10 in the pic but some are doubled up and when first lot didn't show I poked second lot in anywhere and obviously on top of previous few! Image

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

Lynibis Well done on those pips! I was going to tell you not to feed until they had grown to about 30cms but thought I'd go check.

The two web sites I've added are pretty informative and will give you better advice than my 'home-grower' experience. (the second site is 'grown from a pip' so much more relevant and advises to grow several sets of leaves before feeding) Personally I wouldn't split them up any more as you never know which ones will fail.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/citrus

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/lemons/propagating-lemon-seeds.htm

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

sunny101 Thanks everso. I will come back in a couple of months with hopefully good news on progress.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper902 months ago

Well done with you success at germinating a lemon seed. It is so satisfying growing your own food isn't it?

I personally haven't grown anything from seed before but I have for the first time grown some new potatoes last year. I was so very excited, especially considering that it was my first time at growing my own food.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

Thank you. Yes it is satisfying. Congrats on your tatties too! I have often wanted to grow them but now have no earth, although when I am retired I may give it a go in special bins/bags you can get.

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

Mine have been in 12inch pots for many years as they will never grow to full size in this country. Just googled it - I doubt either of us will need an old barrel......

A new citrus tree will grow fine in an 8-inch diameter container to start. Two to three year old trees will need a 10 to 12 inch diameter container. Eventually, you'll need a 16 to 20 gallon container or one-half whiskey barrel-sized container for long term growth.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

I do wish people would stop changing the title of my chats! I kept it short and sweet because it is easier to find on a search, also if they had read my topic the question they have changed it to is answered.

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TiaTia
TiaTia2 months ago

I've managed to grow a couple of lemon trees this year from seeds this year, I've just pinched them out and they seem to be coming on nicely.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

TiaTia well done they look amazing, hope mine continue to thrive, there are 6 little seedlings now. They look so healthy too.

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TiaTia
TiaTia2 months ago

Lynibis I'm sure that they will, keep us posted. I started mine off indoors and have now moved them out into the garden. When I rub the leaves the smell is gorgeous. I love having a go at making anything grow on and I currently have dwarf honeysuckle, dwarf buddleia and many different fuchsia cuttings which I'll try to hardy off. I have great pleasure in passing on my cuttings to family and friends once their established.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

I now have 7 little seedlings, so glad I heeded the advice of sunny101

For days I have been trying to remember the Lemon Tree song and the first line of the chorus has been buzzing in my head. Finally googled it so hopefully can now lay to rest.

Anyone else remember it?

When I was but a little boy, my father said to me

"Come here and learn a lesson from the lovely lemon tree."

"My son, it's most important," my father said to me

"To put your trust in what you feel and not in what you see."

Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet

But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat

Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet

But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat

Beneath that lemon tree one day, my love and I did lie

A girl so sweet that when she smiled, the sun rose in the sky

We spent that summer lost in love, beneath that lemon tree

The magic of her laughter hid my father's words from me

Chorus

One day she left without a word, she took away the sun

And in the dark she left behind, I knew what she had done

She done left me for another man, it's a common tale but true

As sadder man, but wiser now, I sing these words to you

Chorus

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry2 months ago

Probably not much help but I have grown a cherry tree in my garden and it has done amazingly well.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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2 months ago

I am pretty sure cherries are British grown as I think Kent is well known for cherries. Citrus fruit is not native to GB so I am really pleased that I now have 7 seedlings. I would love a cherry tree though, love the fruit and blossom, well done.

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