I chanced upon a post by Ms. Yong Kit Chin on May 16 2015 from Facebook group’s Kitchen Garden SG, about growing Meyer Lemons from seeds.
These were her advice on how to germinate Meyer lemon seeds :
Method 1: Peel off the hard shell covering the seed. This make it easier to sprout.
Method 2: Soak, peel, sandwich seeds in wet kitchen paper and placed these in Ziplock bag. Keep in dark cupboard. Will sprout in a week or 10 days.
I sowed seeds in soil with hard shell on and without.
Indeed Ms. Yong is right. It was much faster to germinate seeds without the hard shell ( about 10 days).
With the shell on, it took about 20 days to see the first sprout.
One year on, I am still battling with grasshoppers on this Meyer plant from seed. Although some leaves were eaten, this plant is very hardy and standing strong in haze and heavy thunderstorms. My home made compost was added to the pot on November 4th 2016, lets see if this would spurred its growth more! 🙂
Verdict – Not worth the time and effort to grow Meyer lemon plant from supermarket fresh seed (extracted from organic lemons) based on my experience. Better to buy a grafted plant from the nursery! 🙂 This seed is easy to germinate and the plant is hardy, but the growth rate was very slow.
Most people would buy a grafted plant from the nursery for guaranteed fruiting . This is how to air layer citrus plants shared by fellow gardener, Marvie Costales , using only dried leaves and grass ! 🙂
For myself, the knowledge and satisfaction obtained from witnessing a seed’s first step and accompanying its journey are just as entertaining and fulfilling.
Harvesting the fruits would of course, be the cherry on top ! 🙂
It would be really nice if we had our own grown lemons for cooking.
Lemons are used in varied ways at home, in our chilled teas, to marinate fish and chicken and even in our savory pies!