Lemons belong to the group of citrus fruits that most of us like, but many don’t like because it’s very sour when you taste it. Were you aware of the benefits that this amazing fruit can offer to you? It’s an acidic fruit that transform itself into an alkaline state when you consume it which is what we need in order to avoid having high levels of pH in our body.
This fruit was made as a cross between a citron and a lime and was introduced in Europe by the Arabs. Christopher Columbus used his second voyage during the XV century to bring them into the New World. During the period of the California Gold Rush, miners ate lemons very often because they wanted to protect themselves from a disease which appears because of a vitamin C deficiency called scurvy.
Besides vitamin C, lemons are also full of calcium, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, vitamin B6, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folate, copper, fiber and potassium.
If you intake more lemons in your diet you’ll manage to:
- Support your liver
- Have an improved immune system
- Decrease inflammation and pain, by balancing the pH in your body
- Decrease the risk of cancer (the limonoids lemons contain are proven to fight colon, skin, stomach, lung, mouth and breast cancer)
- Decrease depression and anxiety by improving your mood
- Assist in the process of weight loss
- Protect us from rheumatoid arthritis
- Improve our digestive health
You don’t need to eat lemons. You can simply prepare some lemon water and drink it. You’ll stay hydrated and water will be tastier to you! You won’t need much money to prepare it. You’ll manage to have glowing skin, lose weight and fill your body with nutrients like vitamin C.
Drink it in the morning before having coffee! You’ll be amazed by the energy it will fulfil you with.
If you plant your own lemon tree, you’ll be full of supply all year round and you won’t need to spend money on buying lemons! Lemons can be grown inside, where it’s cooler, but also in cunny areas. The fruit will grow quickly with the help of rooting cuttings. The only thing that you may not like is that you’ll need from 3 to 6 years to grow it. Still, it doesn’t matter when you see the rewards it will offer to you: your own lemons!
For starters, you need:
- The seed of an organic lemon: In case you’re planning on growing it indoors, choose Meyer lemons. It is very important to buy an organic seed, because if it isn’t it, it won’t be able to germinate.
- Soil for potting: the best type would be a combination of organic, vermiculite, perlite and peat fertilizer. It’s amazing for citrus trees. The soil has to be light enough so that water can drain well. In case you can only find heavy soil, you’ll have to add some hardwood bark chips that will make some air spaces.
- A container: you’d better buy a smaller one for starters, because in that way, you’ll always keep an eye on the soil. In case it becomes too wet, you’ll transplant it more easily. The best container for a beginning would be from an 8-inch diameter. After 2 or 3 years, you’ll be able to transplant it into a container of 10 or 12 inches. The best are from terra cotta, plastic and wood. It needs to have drainage holes. The lightest for moving are the plastic ones (in case you want to move your lemon outside when it’s a warmer season).
- Light: You need to have from 10 to 14 hours of light every day, no matter if it’s artificial or real sunlight. You can also use 40-watt fluorescent shop lights placed above your plant.
- Moisture: The soil needs to be moist in every part. In case you’re planning on growing your plant inside, you’ll have to mist it every day. The citrus fruits want to be deep in water. If its leaves are yellow and after you’ve watered it, the plant doesn’t perk up, it means you’re overwatering it In case the plant perks up immediately after you’ve watered it, it needed water for a long time. It’s good to water it once or two times a week, but keep an eye of it depending on the climate and seasons.
You need to moist some soil first. Put a little amount of it inside a bucket. Then, put water to make it damp.
After this, put this previously moistened soil in the container you’ll use for planting. There should be about one inch of space below the rim of that container.
Take a lemon and cut it in a half. Extract a large seeds. You’ll need to suck it until it stays without lemon flavor. It shouldn’t be very dry as it needs moisture so that it can germinate. You can just keep it inside your mouth until you decide to plant it.
The soil has to be moist when you plant the seed. It should be half an inch below the level of the soil. Then, use more soil to cover it well. Water it gently with a spray bottle.
Use some breathable plastic to cover your container. That will keep moisture and warmth for the seed.
You should keep the container in an area that is warm. Make sure you check whether it’s moist so that it can germinate. It should never dry out, because that will rot the seed. Be careful of the warmth and moisture! They should be in balance.
The first sprout that will emerge from the soil should appear in 14 days (more or less). Then, you should remove the plastic. Put your tree in a warm area that has a lot of sunlight (or if there isn’t, use then 40-watt fluorescent shop lights that we’ve suggested earlier.
This is probably the best part: you get to care for your tree and watch it grow offering amazing rewards. If you care for it well, you’ll be supplied with lots of lemons!
If you want your tree to be healthy, it needs to be filled with nutrients. As soon as it develops one set of leaves, make sure you feed it with some compost or vermicompost. They’re the best organic fertilizers. It should be done once or two times every year and it also needs to be watered well. Don’t use too much fertilizer, though!
The soil has to be moist well. It is more important when your plant is younger. Make sure your container has drainage holes so that there isn’t a stagnant water in your plant.
Keep it under a good amount of sunlight from 10 to 14 hours a day and keep an eye on it to make sure everything is alright and the plant is healthy.
If You Don’t Want To Plant Your Own Plant, You Can Just Buy A Tree!
You can buy your own mature tree if you’re impatient.
Try to find it near the area you live or just order it online. It will start producing lemons right away and you don’t have to wait! Both of the processes are rewarding and offer you a full supply of lemon trees that you can use whenever you want to! You’ll know it’s organic for sure!