This fragrant plant is beautiful and practical.
If you want to eat the lemons you may need to selectively pick a couple of lemons at a time to raise (trimming off the rest) but if you just want the beautiful scent of lemon flowers to fill your room feel free to let them all bloom.
I find this plant blooms best with regular worm tea feedings. Before I started using worm tea I didn’t get a single bloom. Now I get a dozen at a time. It’s really beautiful!
All citrus plants need a lot of sun, and the soil should never be let to dry out.
Unfortunately citrus plants are difficult to grow from seed tho I did get an organic lemon seed to sprout once, it was difficult to keep and no where near maturing to fruit before I forgot to water it and it died.
If you want it to fruit it’s best to buy a mature plant that has been grown to be kept indoors. The plant above was 5 years old when I got it and took a year before it started flowering. And even then I wouldn’t be too hopeful for edible fruit in Canada as they do require a lot of sun and care to fruit but it also makes for a very beautiful houseplant.
Some things to keep in mind:
– a very sunny south facing window
– moist conditions, soil & surrounding air
– brush the blooms to cross pollenate
– only allow a couple of blooms to mature to fruit at a time
– worm tea or fertilize regularly
If you do cut off blooms, I like keeping them in water like cut flowers so I can enjoy the fragrance.