Easy Steps to Propagate Lemon Trees from Cuttings: Growing a Potful of Citrus Sunshine (Page 2 ) | November 16, 2023

Step 1: Choose Your Lemon Tree Cuttings


To start, select healthy branches or stems from your established lemon tree. It’s best to take cuttings from the softwood, which is the newer growth, as it has a higher success rate in developing roots. These cuttings should be approximately 4-6 inches long and include a few leaves. Make sure to cut just below a node (the small bump where leaves or branches emerge), as this is where the roots will develop.

Step 2: Prepare the Cuttings

Remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the cuttings, leaving a few leaves at the top. This will help direct energy towards root development. If you prefer, you can dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone to enhance the rooting process. While this step is optional, it can increase your success rate.

Step 3: Root the Cuttings in Water


Place your prepared lemon tree cuttings in a glass or jar with distilled water. Make sure that at least two nodes (where the leaves were) are submerged in water. Change the water every few days to keep it fresh. This step usually takes 2-6 weeks for the roots to form.

Step 4: Transplant into Pots

Once your cuttings have developed a few inches of roots, it’s time to transplant them into pots. Select pots that are at least 6-8 inches in diameter with proper drainage holes. Fill them with a well-draining potting mix formulated for citrus trees.


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