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Bright "solar" lemons have long ceased to befor us exotic fruit. He is freely available in almost all cities, it is widely used in medicine and cosmetology and is added to many desserts. But lemon is much tastier and juicier if it is grown at home with their own hands. In this article, we will tell you how to grow a lemon at home, which will not only become the main source of vitamin C, but also decorate your bedroom or living room.
Growing lemon from bone
The most common method of cultivation - fromordinary lemon seeds. He can not be the easiest. It is popular because it is available for everyone. Lemon purchase not hard. The main thing you need to pay special attention - this planting. If you make it wrong, then, consider that all your efforts are in vain. Thus, the primer must consist of sod earth greenhouse humus, large river sand and crushed charcoal at a ratio of 2: 1: 0.5: 0.5: 0.25.
Of course, you can buy in a flower shop ready material, but it is better to do it yourself, to be completely sure.
It is best to sprout fresh bones thatonly recently left the fruit. With dry and stale to work much harder, as they have already lost some of their "life force." The best option: lemon opened, got the bone and immediately, not allowing to dry, planted it in the ground. But it should not go deep. Just gently push the finger bone in the layer of soil to 1.5 cm (two bone length).
You should know that for the initial shoot better not to use a plastic pot with a diameter of about 7 cm.
Then cover with our special bonefilm. Watering it is impossible, as excessive moisture can cause root rot, and our "baby" will die. So far, landing enough of the moisture that is initially was in the land - or rather, in humus. But without fresh water to leave the pit, too, can not, therefore, sometimes spray the ground with spray. The amount of light does not matter in this case a large role, but the temperature it is necessary to watch closely: it must be in the range of 18 to 20 degrees.
The first shoots, if everything was done correctly,will appear after 3 weeks. After the second pair of leaves, carefully remove the tape and give the germ to breathe. Now he needs the sunlight, but a moderate amount. Watering must also be moderately and carefully, so as not to blur the delicate root and pour lemon. Since the plant is still very young, it will be very difficult to endure thirst and waterlogging, which means - should carefully look after him. Water must be defended and warm. The temperature should not be below room.
Feeding and watering
Let's talk about feeding. The first 2-3 months the plant does not require feeding by excellent soil. When lemon grows, it can be fed with organic and mineral fertilizer once a week. But, as practice shows, the tree can grow up safely and without "Chemistry." Experts advise to use a solution of fertilizer in late spring and early summer, when activated growth. But all should be in moderation.
When will the period of active growth of the lemon should be watered thoroughly with water, as it will very quickly "to empty" land. Watch carefully, to avoid soil acidification and root decay.
Here is one of the most common mistakes,which makes growers, growing lemons at home: with the onset of heat owners already firmly-established trees carry them to the balcony, so that they "breathed". But as lemon plant capricious as a little child, it instantly reacts to climate change and drops leaves. Therefore it is better not to risk it. The maximum that you can do - to bring it to the loggia, but shelter from drafts and direct sunlight.
In the autumn reduce watering. In this difficult period for all plants need to give peace a lemon, add soft lighting or lowering the temperature to 15 degrees.
This tree grows very quickly, and therefore requiresregular transfers. In order to determine whether a transplant is needed, look at the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. If the whole earth com enveloped roots, it means already required to "housing" more.
Young lemon should be repotted twiceyear, adults - once in 4 years. In those years, when the plant is in the same pot, change the top layer of soil to fresh. Only this should be done carefully so as not to damage the root system.
That's all. Now that you know how to grow a lemon at home. Only in appearance it seems all confusing and complicated. But we actually grow a lemon - a pleasure, especially when you see the unrivaled, exotic, bright, healthy, and flavorful result!
P.S. Here is my piece of advice: do not often talk only with lemon tree, but also with other houseplants. Tell them compliments, tell funny stories, laugh. Maybe it sounds silly, but on a personal practice proved that if the plants you repay the same good attitude, delighting you with its wonderful beauty and elegance.