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wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967


I'm not sure what this is. I put some seeds into this aloe vera pot just for the sake of it, and things keep popping up. I can't remember what was put in here. I think it could only be one of apple, lemon, date, grape.

It doesn't look like apple - had some before and these look different. Definitely don't think its date!! So that leaves grape or lemon. When rubbed between the fingers there is a very strong spicy scent rather like dill.

Sorry if you can't see the photo. It is hard to take a good photo because it's so close to the aloe.




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    That's a citrus seedling, so presumably lemon if that's what you've sowed.  

    Pot it up individually asap. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Dovefromabove I wouldn't say 'sowed' lol. Plonked in the pot more like!! Do I really have to repot it asap? Can I just leave it for a few weeks?

    It would be so nice to have a lemon plant, even if it never produces fruit, if the leaves stay fragrant that would be so nice.

    Try again AYM. Just plonk a seed from a lemon into the soil and see what happens. I used an organic lemon. If this is definitely the lemon that is...other people in the house have also been putting seeds there too and no one can remember, so if this is definitely citrus then it could even be an orange...

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    I'd pot it on as soon as poss to avoid damage to it's roots(and those of the aloe vera).

    It only needs a yoghurt carton with some holes in the bottom and a bit of multi-purpose compost..

    We grew no end of them when the children were small - they never fruited but flowered most of the year round and filled the conservatory with the most amazing scent.  Allow them to dry out between waterings, and use rainwater if possible. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Okay Dovefromabove...I will try and pot it as soon as I can. Working all day...but so many outstanding gardening jobs. Got loads of pots, I was just being lazy when I put it in the aloe vera as there was loads of space and didn't know if it would sprout.

     How wonderful that your conservatory was full of scent. I would like to put it in the porch if it that area is warm and gets a lot of light. A friend of mine has a huuugeee lemon tree in her garden which has survived for so many years. The fragrance is beautiful. She got the seed from a lemon from India. Those lemons are the size of our limes. I cannot find this variety in the UK :-(

    I wanted to use a 'Meyer' lemon as I had read these were the best variety to use, but couldn't find one in any supermarket I went to (UK). Maybe it doesn't matter and this will be alright.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,695

    The biggest, best and most fragrant lemons I've ever seen were in Ravello in Italy. So, if you know anyone going there on holiday ...

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Hmmm will have to find someone Busy-Lizzie..

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,182


    I collected my fruit from my Calamondin tree - which grows in my computer room - and I made marmalade in my microwave. Got another batch to do. It is only about 30cm tall but flowers and fruits profusely. The marmalade was just an experiment and I'm glad I tried - delicious. The flowers smell absolutely delicious too. The jars are not the big 1lb ones but half that size.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    image Respeck LB!

    I'll have some with ginger please! 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,209

    Didn't know you could use a microwave to make marmalade. Always fancied having a go but didn't fancy buying all th paraphernalia. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    It's not crystal meth B3 image 

    You need a pot and a sharp knife and an old tea towel. Nut could maybe lend you her saucepan. image image

    Last edited: 31 July 2016 13:53:43

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