If there’s one thing that can immediately improve the feeling of your home, and yourself, it’s a lemony fresh scent.
Never underestimate the benefit of living in a calming and relaxing environment. Your home is the place you come to after the world has made you weary, and it deserves to be embellished with nice things that make you happy. Especially when you realize its influence on your physical and mental health.
In fact, it’s science!
The brain might react to certain scents, but it also seems moods themselves can be influenced by odors. In one study, people who were exposed to natural plant odors were calmer, more alert, and in better moods than those in an odor-free environment.
Now that you know some of the benefits from having a lemon tree growing in your home, let’s look at how to grow your very own.
You will need: the seeds from a lemon (choose an organic one), soil, a ceramic cup, small plastic bag, tweezers, water, and paper towels. All very basic things we can find almost anywhere.
You can start by soaking the lemon seeds in a little water for about an hour. By doing this, you will facilitate the removal of any pulp residues and natural sugars on the seeds.
Then, dry the seeds in paper towels and use tweezers to remove any additional pieces of fruit pulp that may have remained.
At this point you can put the lemon seeds into a small jar or glass of warm water; leave them like this for at least two days, until they begin to sprout.
Add potting soil to your ceramic cup, and mist the soil with water in a spray bottle. Poke a few holes about 1/2 inch deep. Drop the seeds in the holes and cover with soil (do not pack the soil down too much).
Cover the ceramic cup with a clear plastic bag. Place the container in a warm spot, like the top of the refrigerator. Keep the soil moist and start checking for sprouts after 2 weeks. Remove the plastic bag from the container when the seedling starts touching the bag.
Finally, place your cup in a sunny area and water it whenever you feel the soil is dry. In the hotter months, the watering will obviously be more frequent than in the cooler temperatures.
While you may not have fruit for a few years, you will be able to benefit from the lemony scent after just a few weeks, and if you care for your tree, it can last a lifetime.