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hello, sorry if this sounds ridiculous but I was wondering if it would be possible to try grow from seed or would it be better to just buy a lemon tree already fruiting? I've been trying to read up and it's saying the fruit from the seed of a store bought lemon might not be guaranteed fruit and when they finally fruit, might not be anywhere near what they were like. And it's mostly US sites I can find. 

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  • Hi, Marshalls seeds sell lemon trees I had one from them but it died, but I think it was my growing conditions rather than the plant! 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 3,875

    About 18 years ago, my Hubby put both a lemon and grapefruit pip, into some compost in our diningroom window, whish was growing other stuff.  The lemon got to about a foot high then died.  The grapfruit is going very stron, you will never get fruit, but after 10 years we did get really lovelly scented flowers.   So it takes years.  You can buy good plants for about £15. in Aldi  There is a place in Petworth Sussex, where you can buy all the citrus tress.

  • Logan4Logan4 West MidlandsPosts: 2,305

    I agree with Nanny Beach, best to buy plants. image

  • FlowerNewbieFlowerNewbie Posts: 149

    I've bought one from Ikea ? Thanks all! I've also put one to grow from seed in my hydroponics thing to see what happens but not counting on it very much. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,809

    If you just want the foliage, a seed grown plant is fine. If you want lemons in this country, buy a grafted Eureka plant.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,634

    The UK climate doesn't lend itself to production of citrus fruit - no matter what the seller says, it won't happen on a consistent basis.

    If you purchase a Citrus which is flowering and fruiting, it has been raised in conditions which the average person cannot replicate the following season.

    Sad but true.  They may flower and produce the most gorgeous perfume and many people are quite happy just with that. You will get some fruit set but full size and ripe ?  Unlikely.

    Like so many other unsuitable plants, it is more a money earner for the GC than anything else. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,809

    I get a few usable lemons of of mine. I picked one last week. It is kept in a frost free greenhouse over winter.

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    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 3,875

    I have 5 lemons, I DO get full size fruit, phillipa, they are kept in an unheated greenhouse over winter, outside in the summer.  The specialist place in Petworth grows them here, so they are happy with the english climate.  It used to be said you couldnt cultivate grapes here, now we have several enlglish vineyard around here.  You can even grow peanuts here.  One of my neighbours before we moved here had a lemon tree about 5 feet high in their back garden, planted in the soil which they never protected overwinter.

  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,634

    Well, that's me told thenimage

    I used to own a Citrus grove in Spain and never found the fruit ripened to the same quality in the UK.

    Good to know that you are getting something from your bushes here tho - jolly well doneimage 

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 3,875

    Cor, a citrus grove in Spain, now I AM jealous!!!  My Hubby was telling me last night one of the guys he works with, his Dad has retired to spain and got terrible "bug" problems with his citrus trees, I always imagined if you had all these trees (like you see when on holiday) they would be pest free.

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