How to Grow a Lemon Tree in a Pot from Seed

There are many types of fruit trees that can be grown in pots and lemon is one of them. Having a lemon tree in a pot is very easy to grow. Learn all about how to grow lemon tree in a pot from seed in this article.

Because it is a more rustic tree, the lemon tree adapts very well to garden cultivation. The tip is to acquire healthy seedlings, preferably grafted, and already producing.

Meyer and Lisbon varieties adapt very well to pot cultivation, but there are special recommendations.

how to grow a lemon tree in a pot from seed
Lemon Tree in pot

How to Grow a Lemon Tree in a Pot from Seed Step by Step

For me, the lemon tree is one of the easiest trees to propagate from seed. We only have to collect the seed, then put it with the substrate and wait a few days.
After 15 to 20 days you will see a sprout and then you have to wait for it to grow enough to be potted.

Choosing the pot

Size: the lemon tree should be planted in pots that have more than 6.6 Gallons (25 liters) to bear fruit and develop well.

Drainage: it is essential to create a drainage layer, which can be made with clay or gravel.

Excess water accumulated at the bottom of the pot can damage the roots and consequently the absorption of nutrients. It also causes stress to the plant.

Soil preparation

It must be light and rich in nutrients. We indicate the recipe: prepare the soil with 50% organic soil and 50% average building sand (washed sand). Worm humus can also be added to the preparation.


The pot needs to be positioned in a place that receives direct sunlight for at least 4 hours during the day. This tip is fundamental for several types of fruit trees cultivated in pots.

Watering Lemon Tree

Watering should be frequent, but without leaving the plant soaked. The indicated frequency is once a day. In winter, decrease the frequency. Always check that the pot is well-drained.

Tip for Lemon Tree in Pot

Before the winter arrives, you must prune your lemon tree to give it the shape you want. To do this, you must leave three or four main branches to support the others (structural pruning). In addition, it is necessary to eliminate the dry branches and of course the sick ones (in case that it has them)

Learn more about how to take care lemon tree.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Morgan, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.

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