Citrus fruits have a robust nutritional profile, offering solid amounts of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. While they don’t make for a balanced meal by themselves, they do offer an extensive list of benefits and thus serve as an ideal adjunct to the rest of the diet. However, they are quite packed with sugar, meaning that watching your intake is the key to maintaining a balanced diet.
Some citrus fruits are easier to grow than others, and luckily, two of the best can be easily grown in the backyard. Growing them in your own home allows you to taste the difference in quality and freshness and protect you from the chemical contamination associated with conventional growing.
Lemon is a superfood with a wide plethora of health benefits! It is beneficial for a variety of things and whether you are using the peels or adding them to water, the convenience of growing your lemons in your own home shouldn’t be ignored.
How can you grow them?
The simplest way to grow lemons is to get a baby tree that should be put into a larger pot. The drainage container should be filled with stones for better air flow and the pot should be filled up with quality soil. Some soils are specifically designed for growing citrus fruits, and thus provide far better results. This is pretty much all you need to do. Give your lemon tree 8-10 hours of sunlight daily and water it on a regular basis.
Another option is to grow a lemon tree from SEED. Read on for more details!
You will need:
- An organic lemon as non-organic lemons may contain non-germinating seeds
- Fertile potting soil, containing natural fertilizers, peat, perlite, and vermiculite
- A planting pot that is 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide
- A seedling pot that is 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide
- A sunny, indoor growing location
- Moisten the potting soil. It needs to be damp, but not soaked
- Fill the smaller pot with soil, up to an inch below the edge
- Cut the lemons and remove the seed. Remove all of the pulp, preferably by sucking it until it is completely clean
- The seeds need to be moist when being buried into the planting soil, so don’t delay the planting. Place it in the middle of the pot and plant it about ½ inch deep
- Spray the soil above the seed with a spray bottle
- Cover the pot with a plastic wrap, sealing the edges and making small holes in the top
- Put the pot in a warm and sunny location
- Keep the soil moist by spraying on water occasionally. However, make sure you don’t overdo it
- Once the sprouting emerges, remove the plastic covering
- Take care of the plant by keeping the soil moist, giving it doses of organic fertilizers, and making sure it gets 8 hours of light daily
- Remove brown leaves when needed in order to protect the plant from bugs or diseases
- Once the plant outgrows the pot, put it in larger one
Check out the following video in which the gardener Mitchell Boyle shares her technique for growing lemons:
Mandarins are packed with calcium, magnesium, fiber, antioxidants, and many more! They are good alternative to your regular “Florida” oranges and are pretty easy to grow at home.
How can you grow them?
If you choose to grow your tree indoors, the procedure is the same as for lemons. Get a baby tree, prepare the pot as you would do with lemons, and give the mandarins enough sunlight.
Mandarin trees are easy and safe to grow indoors as they usually don’t grow taller than six feet in height. Water them on a regular basis, replace the pot with a larger one when needed, and pick the oranges once they turn orange.