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lemon tree seeds

Lemon tree seeds

Unless you live in a truly cold climate, bring your lemon trees outside when the warm weather hits. Even if this is only for a few months, the steady, direct sun will make it so your trees are more likely to eventually produce fruit.

If you’re growing lemons from seed in a colder climate, your lemon crop will be small.

This 18-month-old lemon tree seedling is just going out to our attached greenhouse in the late winter. You can still see snow on the ground outside, but the greenhouse will allow the lemon tree to get a jump start on the growing season before it moves outdoors in the summer.

Lemon Tree Hardiness

Reduce the watering schedule and cease fertilizer applications, waiting to resume until the following spring.

Here in Vermont, we keep our lemon trees indoors for the winter for about 4 months of the year.

Winter Lemon Tree Care

As you can see in the photos, the greenhouse is an ideal place to grow citrus trees indoors during the shoulder seasons. The main idea is to avoid frost, so bring in the lemon trees before the first frost and after the (hopefully) last frost of the winter.

A common mistake is to apply fertilizer to lemon trees in winter when they’re indoors. People see the trees dropping leaves and panic. They start watering more and add fertilizer, which is just the opposite of what the trees need.

Lemon tree seeds

Firstly you’ll need

Thanks to Eat Local Grown for these great tips.


I have also seen people who sprout the seeds using a different method requiring a plastic bag, so if anyone is familiar with this, would love you to leave a comment below.

Next time you’re sucking on a lemon save a few of the seeds to grow into your own tree. Even in the colder months, a productive lemon tree can be growing inside of your home. They are beautiful in appearance, from their dark-green leaves to snow-white blooms, and they also emit a pleasant, refreshing fragrance.

Here’s how you grow your own lemon tree

Happy lemon tree planting!