Siberian lemon is a plant native to central China and Korea that has been grown in Japan for centuries. The name Siberian lemon was not given because of its origin, but because of the fact that it is very cold-resistant down to -30 degrees Celsius.
Therefore, its cultivation is possible in our area. Some also call it trifoliate orange, Chinese or Japanese orange, etc.
Is it edible?
The plant has a slightly astringent and sour taste and contains seven times the dose of vitamin C than ordinary lemon. Its medicinal juice neutralizes the effects of free radicals and makes the organism more resilient.
Vitamin C makes Siberian lemon a very good antioxidant. It increases immunity in children and adults and is a powerful fighter against seasonal colds and viruses. The fruit of the Siberian lemon contains flavanoids, monoterpenes (anti-allergic effects), coumarins and much more. It contains a rare vitamin P, which is actually a type of bioflavonoid. It has a positive effect on strengthening veins and capillaries.
Its decorative tree gives medicinal fruits in autumn, which are used to make delicious jams, liqueurs and refreshing juices. It is an excellent medicine for strengthening immunity, and it is desirable to add it to tea for colds or flu.
Growing this type of plant is not demanding, but it does require patience, especially if you start with seeds.
Lemon kernels must be freed from the fleshy peel. Then you need to keep it in a shallow bowl and dry it in a moderately warm room for about four weeks.
If the seeds are placed in the ground (a combination of peat and sand), cover them with a layer of soil up to an inch thick. It is important to ensure that the soil does not dry out.
Cover the bowl with a glass plate to keep the optimal temperature.
After a week a small plant will sprout and push aside a bit of protection, and after two weeks remove the jar completely. After six weeks the plants are ready so that each has its own pot.
While it’s perfectly fine to keep them as an ornamental plant, grafting them is necessary if you are to enjoy their extremely healthy fruits. You need to prune it in the spring as well. He likes regular and moderate watering and citrus fertilizers. If he’s been indoors for the winter, get him out in the air as soon as the weather permits. He loves to shower so treat him whenever you can.