Thursday, March 29, 2012

Have Fun Planting the Seeds in Fruit

It's Spring and the move is on to plant things.  Flower gardens are being planted as are vegetable gardens. 

Besides the flowers and vegetable gardens there is something else to plant.  Something that is different and delightful.  Ever think about planting the seeds from the fruit you eat?

It's a hobby that many enjoy.  The choices are multiple.  There are apple, nectarine, orange and lemon seeds just to name a few.  They are small and easy to keep.  If you live in a warm climate, they can be planted outside.  Or, they can be potted and kept indoors.

It is easy to get most seeds to root if you know what to do.  Apple seeds, for example, require you place them in the refrigerator.  Lemon seeds need to be placed in a sunny window.

If you're going to plant a lemon tree from a lemon you got in the grocery store, make sure the lemon is pretty ripe.  There are a couple of ways to germinate the lemon seed.  You can plant it as soon as you remove it from the lemon.  The other way is to wash and dry it, then put between two damp paper towels, place in a ziploc bag and put in a sunny window.  Wait for it to root.  Then plant.

For apples, layer the seeds between two damp paper towels, place in a container and put in the refrigerator.

Let the roots get about an inch long before you plant them.

Sounds like fun doesn't it?  I can't wait to get started.  I'm doing some lemons tonight.

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