Tonight I’m trying a new experiment.
According to this article, you can grow lemon trees by planting the seeds from a lemon and keeping them moist, and in six short years you will have lemons.
Aha! A new friend of mine in my new neighborhood admired my dog one day after we’d just moved to Grants Pass, and we struck up a conversation. She gave me four lemons off her lemon trees growing on her front sidewalk. Lemon trees! I never imagined growing lemon trees. She said you can’t grow lemon trees in Oregon, but she does.
I just learned she’s moving; I have one of her lemons left, and tonight I cut it open, dug out the seeds from the core of the lemon, put the seeds in my mouth to remove any lemon flesh, planted them about 1/2″ down in this nicely moistened-with-structured-water potting soil, then cut a few slits in the recycled plastic wrapper and fastened that with a rubberband and put this in a southwest-facing window.
The directions I read on how to grow lemon trees from seed suggest that sprouting will take about two weeks. Hmm… Previously I’ve heard Clayton say that using structured water with gardening means seed sprouting times shorten. I guess we’ll find out!
To help me remember, I put a label on the pot that says we should have sprouts by March 29. I planted these around midnight on March 15. So by midnight, March 29, we should have some teeny tiny lemon tree sprouts.
I have one sprout now. I planted nine or ten seeds, and one sprouted on March 27. I kept thinking there would be more…so far, just the one, but it’s cute. It’s already got a second branch.
My one sprout is about two inches tall now, and just this morning, April 14, I noticed sprout #2! Yay!