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Growing lemon from seeds indoor

 
Yannick Benoit
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Hey guys,
I need a little advice from people who have experience in growing lemon from seeds.
as you can see on the picture attached, my lemons are growing fine but the trunk is so thin that after a while it breaks and the whole thing falls down and dies.

Anyone had good results with this before ?

Thank you!

Yannick
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How much light are you giving it?

Most seedlings, if lacking sufficient light, will grow long, weak stems. They are shooting up, seeking the sun.
 
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Those don't look like lemons.

I've grown many citrus from seed. Their stems, even in low light, are tough. The first leaves are also rounded. Your sprouts look more like peppers.

Any better shots?
 
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Hi guys,
thank you very much for answering my question.
Here is another shot much closer ...

as for the light, I use a Sunblaster 110-130 VAC... 60hz with a Nanotech T5 reflector

by the way on the first picture, you can see wheatgrass behind, please make sure you look at the bottom plants

thanks again guys!
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Okay. It looks like you have some other seeds that have contaminated your soil. Those sprouts in the new picture with the long seed leaves are definitely not lemon.

The one in the front left, however, looks like one. The wilted one on the right with the pinkish stem definitely isn't.

They're very, very green when they sprout. If I get a chance, I'll post a picture of some calamondin seeds sprouting in my greenhouse - they're in the same family and will give you an idea what to look for.

I've seen a 3-4' grapefruit tree growing in a half-lit townhome and thriving. The low light means they probably won't fruit - but they shouldn't fall over and die like the ones you have there.
 
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thank you very much ! I think I have found out what the problem was eheh
those skinny ones are in fact Goji berries which someonelse planted there whitout me knowing
I noticed the new one at the bottom left which is different so I guess that this is the lemon tree

If all goes well I will keep you guys informed !
 
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Ah-HA! Dr. Watson, we have indeed solved this one!

I meant to post this earlier but was derailed by a batch of Senna Alata and Loquats that needed potting.

In the image are some sprouts a little older than yours. Generally, it seems that they'll take a good 10-20 days to come up, then grow at a decent clip. I have some two year old Key Lime trees I started from seed that are now 4' tall - and as it warms up I bet they'll easily grow another 2-3' this year.

If you have access to a tree, lemons also start well from small cuttings, provided you use rooting hormone, take off all but one leaf, then cover with a clear plastic bag to keep the moisture in. I've had a 60%+ strike rate that way.

Good luck. Wish /I/ had some goji berries growing on accident in one of my pots.




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Yannick Benoit
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Yup! I started growing goji berries at the same time as the lemons but it seems like someone mixed up my pots

As for the lemon, how come yours are growing in a soil with rocks. is it better ?

Also how near do you guys recommend to have the light over the plants ? right now I have it about 2 1/2 feet over it.

regards

Yannick
 
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The "rocks" are actually a bit of perlite, a loose soil additive. Citrus don't like being soggy and appreciate the extra drainage. If you ever see the orchards in central FL, they're growing in almost pure sand and thriving.

I'm not sure on the lights. I've put mine in full subtropical sun and they've thrived - probably the closer and brighter the happier they'll be, provided they're not being cooked.

(Oh... and I have various little somebodies around my house that mix up my pots on a regular basis. Not that I'm much better. If I don't label things, I tend to get lost!)

 
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