How to grow citrus from seed, my foolproof method.

Seriously, it’s amazingly simple. I’d recommend that you don’t buy seeds online, though, unless there are pictures of the actual seeds, or the source is a proven, trustworthy source. Because:

This is what a viable seed looks like.

 

That is a viable seed. Round, full, fat. This thing will actually grow. The one unfortunate time I ordered citrus seeds online, I got something like THIS:

Useless. This thing is nothing but an empty seed coat.

Flat, empty, useless. This is literally the empty shell of a seed. There is no actual seed inside. It’s like a nutshell with no nut.
Useless.
But if you get a viable seed, they’re very easy to grow. I have about 80% germination rate with this method. It’s pretty foolproof.
1.Use the right seeds.
2. Peel the seeds. (I know it’s tempting to skip this, but DON’T. The results will probably be very slow-to-sprout seeds, or a much lower germination rate. Or they’ll get all moldy before germinating properly.

They look a little like this once peeled. Little darker dot on the rounder end of the seed.

3. Put the peeled seeds onto a moist paper towel in a zip-top bag, and leave it in a warm (not too warm) windowsill.

Good to go.

The bag acts like a little greenhouse for the seeds, which means they’ll be protected from chills or drying out when they’re so tiny and delicate. I like to label and date these, as my kids love to grow any and every mature seed we find in our fruits, and I know I indulge them 100% because I just love watching citrus grow.

Baby grapefruit I started a few months ago. So cute!

Their seeds sprout so easily, their leaves are so green and fragrant, and, of course, they make fruit! How awesome is that? It does take a long time for them to bear, if ever, but… I’m growing these just for decorative purposes, honestly. I just love to look at them.

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House Plants On The Loose

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the wonderful leafy goodness that is indoor house plants.

With little kiddos in the house, and the actual need to occasionally open the windows… I came up with a plan to make window-opening less of a chore.

Behold: The houseplant windowsill fence.


I had a spare board (1×4, if anyone’s interested), so I bought one of those adorable picket fences they sell to make fairy gardens, and hot-glued it around the perimeter of the board. It didn’t go all the way around, but I liked it that way. Easy, quick, and solved the problem. I placed the board in the right place so that the window can open with out being moved at all, and used a couple command strips to keep it in place.

 

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The Lady of Shallots

I love shallots. They have such a soft buttery onion flavor. Super tasty in chicken salads, etc.

They’re pretty much my favorite allium.

What a cute little shallot, am I right?

Problem is: shallots are darn expensive. They’re no caviar, but $3 for a handful of bulbs is a bit steep when onions are so cheap.

So, what’s a stir-crazy shallot-loving gardener to do? Grow my own, of course!

Just buy a few from the store (make sure they have some roots, even just teeny trimmed roots will grow again!)

Put them in the top of any pot of dirt that gets sun and water. That’s it! If you’re patient, you should be seeing green shoots and white roots in no time.

This should work for onions, green onions, several other groceries with varying degrees of success. More grocery store gardening adventures to come!

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