Don't throw away those citrus pips!

Citrus pips germinate easily at any time, but they will produce better plants if sown in spring or early summer.

TIP: Feed lemon trees in spring and summer with a citrus plant food.

Step 1: Plant pips

Plant six pips about 10mm deep and spaced evenly in a small pot of seed-raising mix, then water well. Cover the mix with the base of a clear plastic bottle.

Step 2: Separate seedlings

Separate the seedlings when they’re big enough to handle. They should appear after about a month. Transplant them into individual small pots filled with lime-free potting mix.

Step 3: Position pots

Position the pots in a cool spot in bright but indirect light. As the plants grow, replant them into larger pots. Pinch-prune for a bushy shape or trim to size in late winter.

Republished with permission of Handyman Australia.