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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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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