A while back I posted a link on our A Kailyard in Adelaide facebook site to a blog post about using citrus seedlings to create natural air fresheners. Unfortunately, the link appears to have expired but I was pretty sure I remembered how to go about it so one day last summer I experimented with growing lemon seeds inside.
First I collected the seeds from a lemon.
Then I organised my pot – I used a leaky teapot – I first covered the bottom with pebbles for extra drainage, then filled it with potting soil, popped the seeds on top, added a few more millimetres of soil, watered it and put it on my kitchen windowsill.
A week later the first signs of shoots were starting to appear.
Three weeks later the seedlings were tall and vibrant.
After 6 weeks the growth is lush and gorgeous. There is a faint scent of lemon in the air so it is clearly working; however, if you lightly touch the plants the glorious fragrance fills the room.
After 8 weeks I have a little forest growing in a teapot and the smell is fantastic. My only problem now is what to do with them when they outgrow the teapot!