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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. 

Last edited: 29 April 2017 17:01:42



  • 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: 8,299

    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: 2,461

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

  • FlowerNewbieFlowerNewbie Posts: 153

    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 Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

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

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    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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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,299

    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.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,299

    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.

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,619

    I hadn't come across anything about a citrus specialist locally before so had a quick search. I think you mean the Citrus Centre in nearby Pulborough rather than Petworth. West Sussex is getting to be very exotic these days - citrus groves and world class sparkling wine!

    My own attempts at citrus growing amounts to one small lemon tree from pips taken from a Sorrento lemon. Even if you don't get fruit the leaves are very useful in cooking, try a couple of leaves in a roast chicken.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,299

    Yes, sorry you are correct Pulborough! East Sussex I will have you know!!! The wine isnt cheap but is lovelly. Did you get flowers from lemon grown from pip?

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