Lemons are the most refreshing and healthy citrus fruits that exist. Luckily, every one of us can grow this fruit at home. All that’s required is to get some lemon seeds and planting them in cups.
Firstly, you will need to purchase some organic lemons and remove the seeds from them. For soil, you should use potting soil which is a combination of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. Additionally, you will need a compost and a small container or a cup.
Steps to plant the lemons:
Filling up the cup/container
Fill up the container with soil and make sure that you leave one inch at the top. Add some water to the soil to moisten it up.
You will need to plant at least 5-10 seeds from the organic lemon. Before planting them, you need to wash them well.
Plant the seeds
Before planting, your seeds need to be moist. Even after planting them, you need to keep them mist. When planting the seeds, keep the pointy end of the seed turned downward toward the ground.
The right way for planting the seeds
The seeds need to be covered with half an inch of soil. After adding the soil, press on it gently and water it lightly.
The top of the container needs to be covered with a plastic wrap. Make sure it’s sealed completely and poke some holes on top of the wrap.
The container needs to be kept in a place the sun lights it constantly. Once the soil gets dry, make sure you water it. However, be careful not to overwater it.
First shoots show up after two weeks
When you remove the wrap, make sure you water the sprout. At least eight hours of direct sunlight is needed for the plant. Organic fertilizer should be used for the optimal growth of the lemon plant.
If you use seeds to grow a lemon tree, you will get different results. The commercial lemon trees are grafted for produce and its trees look almost the same as the parent tree. Compared to that, seeds from hybrid lemon trees do not develop as their parent tree.
The best temperature for the seeds is 70 degrees F.
When the plant develops its first leaves from the small container, transfer it into a bigger container.
The best fertilizer to use is an organic, water-soluble one which is filled with potassium. Make sure you use it every other week. The first fruits will be given to you 3-15 years, so be patient.
Health benefits of lemons
Because lemons are filled with numerous nutrients, they give you various health benefits. Consumption of these fruits regularly will give you some of these benefits:
Cleansing liver and blood
Make some lemonade (with warm water and one lemon in a cup) so that you can cleanse your bloodstream and liver. If you want to make it sweeter, you can add some honey. This way, you will begin to push the toxins out of the body. Make sure you also drink lots of water to reach the effect.
Filled with Vitamin C
Lemons contain huge amounts of Vitamin C which help you boost the immune system. By boosting the immune system, you will help the body relieve sore throat, fevers, colds, and bronchial problems.
Reduce heart disease risk
Risks of heart diseases and strokes are reduced due to the fiber in the lemons. Just drink lemon water and take regular walks to reach these results.
The health of gums is also maintained by the lemon. Sore gums and bleeding are a result of a small number of Vitamin C ingested in the body.
Rinse your hair with a cup filled with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and water. This way, you will keep your hair shiny and healthy. Additionally, it removes dandruff from the hair and soothes the oily scalp
The juice of lemons will give your kidneys an optimized function. Citric acid contained in the lemon helps prevent the accumulation of uric acid which will prevent the forming of kidney stones.
The juice also helps with the healing of wounds. If you cut yourself somewhere, clean the wound with lemon juice. The juice contains antioxidant and antibacterial properties because of the limonene content.
Adding lemon juice to a cup of green tea will help you relieve headaches. Lemon juice can also be used to sweat and treat colds, fevers, and similar conditions.
The antifungal and antibacterial properties of lemons help clean the skin. Make sure you use freshly squeezed lemon juice to add to your skin. It also shrinks skin pores, making the skin look tight. However, be cautious since lemon juice can make your skin very sensitive to the sun. Make sure you don’t go out right after using it.