How to Grow Lemon Trees From Seed


Lemon trees are popular citrus trees grown for the yellow, oblong-shaped, zesty fruits it produces. Lemons are used in a number of recipes for making different beverages and dishes or simply eaten as is. Growing your own lemon tree provides you with an abundance of fresh tasty fruits right off the tree. Growing a tree from a seed only calls for a few other items and a little of your time.

Step 1

Carefully remove several seeds from the lemon. Rinse the seeds with water.

Step 2

Use a hand trowel to fill small containers with at least a few inches of soil. Make a hole about 1/2-inch deep in the center of each container.

Step 3

Place one seed in each hole. Cover the seed with soil.

Step 4

Water the pots to moisten the soil. Cover the pots with plastic wrap.

Step 5

Place the pots in a warm area away from drafts, such as on top of your refrigerator. Moisten the soil as needed to keep it damp at all times.

Step 6

Keep an eye on the lemon seeds planted for a seedling to appear in several days. Place the seedlings in a sunny location at this time.

Step 7

Continue to water the seedlings often to keep the soil moist. Transplant the lemon tree into a larger pot when it is several inches tall.

Step 8

Continue to transplant it into larger pots as it grows. Or transplant it outside, if your climate permits.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh whole lemon
  • Small pots
  • Hand trowel
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Water
  • Medium pots


  • New Mexico State University: Lemon Tree From Seed
  • Lemon Tree Info: Growing Lemon Trees

Who Can Help

  • Botanical Journeys Plant Guides: Growing Lemon Trees in Pots
  • Purdue University: Lemon
Keywords: citrus trees, planting lemon seeds, growing a lemon tree from a seed