There is nothing better than fresh lemonade on a hot, summer day! This delicious drink can be consumed all year round and if we take into consideration its health benefits, there is no doubt that it`s some of the most complete beverages available.
Packed with vitamin C, lemons have the ability to boost immunity, fight off cold and flu, and provide powerful anti-inflammatory properties which treat arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other inflammatory-related diseases.
Lemons also minimize the damage caused by free radicals and provide potent antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties due to their flavonoid content.
If you are a fan of lemons and tend to prepare lemonade on a regular basis, you will be happy to learn that there is a way to grow your own organic lemons at home, using the seed only!
You will need:
- A lemon
- High-quality soil
- Container or pot
- Breathable plastic film
- A sunny area
- Put the soil in a bucket and mix it with a little bit of water
- Place the moist soil into the container/ pot, leaving an inch of space below the rim
- Slice the lemon and choose a good-shaped seed
- Make a hole in the soil and put the seed inside, for about an inch deep in the soil
- Cover the container with the breathable film and keep it placed in a warm and well-lit area
- Don’t overwater the seed since it tend to go rotten in presence of too much moisture
- Take off the plastic cover once the plant starts sprouting, which typically takes a week or two
- Keep the plant in an area with direct sunlight
Taking Care of the Plant:
- Keep the soil moist all the time, especially when the lemon tree is still young. However, make sure you don’t overwater it! The best would be to use a pot with drainage holes.
- The lemon tree should be exposed to direct sunlight at least 8 hours a day
- Add a fertilizer to the soil, when needed
- Once the tree reaches a solid height, re-plant it to a bigger container. If it becomes too big and you cannot keep it inside any longer, move it to the balcony, the porch, or to the backyard