Grow Your Own Lemon Air Freshener at Home!

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Things You Will Need

1. Start with a lemon

Obviously! You can’t grow a lemon tree from a peach pit, but be sure you are buying an organic lemon as some non-organic lemons have been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that can keep the seeds from sprouting. If you can, look for an organic lemon called “Meyer”. Meyer lemons are a smaller sized lemon and the trees are often grown solely for ornamental purposes. These lemons work great for indoor containers. The truth is, though, any lemon will do.

2.  Potting Soil

Try to find some potting soil with a mixture of perlite, vermiculite, organic fertilizer, and peat moss. This is the perfect mix for lemons but, in a pinch, any type of potting soil will probably work.

 

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3.  A Container/Pot

Choose a container with drain holes on the bottom that is at least 6 inches deep and 4 or 6 inches in diameter to start. Your seedling will need a larger pot later on, but for now, this size pot will do. Lemon trees like pots that are wider more than deeper, so later on you will want a pot that is about 16 inches deep and 18 inches wide. Your young tree will live quite happily in the second sized pot for several years.

4. Sunlight or a Grow Light

Lemons need a lot of sun, and we mean a lot, like 10 to 14 hours every day. If you don’t have a sunny window that gets that much light, then buy a grow light. They don’t cost much and they will do the job just as well.

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