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How To Grow A Lemon Tree From A Seed At Home

How To Grow A Lemon Tree From A Seed At Home

Lemons are a healthy snack, boasting lots of illness-fighting Vitamin C and tons of other health benefits. If you’re like me, you prefer to purchase organic fruits and veggies for added benefit and to avoid all the toxic bug chemicals they use – unfortunately, this can be expensive. Luckily, you can grow your own organic lemons right at home – and it’s not very difficult, either! Read on to find out how to grow a lemon tree.

What You Will Need

Whether you want lemons to squeeze on your food, put in your water, or in order to make lemonade, there are a few things you’ll need to grow the tree:

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  • An organic lemon (inorganic lemon seeds don’t germinate as well)
  • High-quality potting soil
  • A 6″ deep by 6″ wide pot
  • A 12″ deep by 24″ pot for transferring the plant
  • A spray bottle for watering
  • Plastic wrap and a rubber band
  • A sunny spot in your house and/or a grow lamp
  • Organic citrus fertilizer with nitrogen (optional, but recommended for best results)

How to Grow It

Once you have all your materials, take these steps and you’ll have your very own lemon tree! (Keep in mind, the best time to grow a lemon tree is in the spring – but that doesn’t mean it must be in the spring, it will just be easier.)

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  1. Water the soil until it’s damp (not soaked) all the way through.
  2. Fill the smaller pot with soil to an inch below the rim.
  3. Cut open the lemon and take out a seed. Clean all the pulp off the seed (you can suck it dry or just use a paper towel/napkin – just make sure it’s still a little moist).
  4. While the seed is still moist, plant it about half an inch deep in the center of the pot.
  5. Mist the topsoil above the seed with your spray bottle.
  6. Cover the pot with plastic wrap and use the rubber band to get a tight seal around the edges. Poke a few small holes in the top with a pencil.
  7. Place the pot in a warm, sunny place.
  8. Continue misting the soil periodically to prevent drying out (again, don’t soak it – just keep it damp).
  9. Within two weeks, you should see a sprout. At this point, remove the plastic covering and add a grow lamp (optional) to ensure it’s getting plenty of light.
  10. The plant needs 8 hours of light a day and the soil should always be damp. For added benefit, add some organic fertilizer (optional).
  11. Watch for pests and diseases. Prune away dead leaves as necessary, and use a pesticide (only if you absolutely must). Keep an eye on and protect your little lemon tree!
  12. Once the plant outgrows the first pot, carefully transfer it to the second, larger pot. While older plants don’t need as much water, you should continue keeping the soil slightly damp and watching for pests and disease.

Once you’re finished with all 12 steps, you will have successfully grown your very own lemon tree from a seed in your own home! You should feel accomplished. Be sure to take good care of it, and it will continue producing lemons for you for years to come.

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Tip: For best results, continue to fertilize the lemon tree with an organic fertilizer every month from spring through summer. The fertilizer will help your lemon tree grow and produce bigger and better lemons!

Now you know how to grow a lemon tree from a seed. Give yourself a pat on the back! Be sure to share this article so we can bring more lemon trees into the world. Happy growing, and good luck!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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