When Life Gives You Lemons…

Don’t make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! – Cave Johnson, Portal 2

Well, that’s exactly what I tried! Perhaps you recall this lemon, when I made lemon tilapia a bit over a month ago:


One of the seeds was left whole when I sliced up the lemon for garnish, and on a whim I tucked it in a pot with one of my other plants I’ve been nursing along. Well it’s now sprouted and I’ve put it in its own little container:lemon-sprout

I’m so excited about the idea of growing a lemon tree! A page I found said it can take 3-6 years to produce lemons (and I didn’t think to see what kind of lemon it was I planted), so that will be a while that I have to keep it alive before it will do anything, but I’ve been living in my apartment in Rochester for almost 2 years now and that doesn’t seem like it was that long, so… hopefully it will be worth it! I’m thinking now of trying other seeds – one friend planted an avocado pit over the summer and his sprout is now about two feet tall, even if it only has a couple of leaves on it.

I’ll keep you updated on this little guy if it survives!

Another friend names her houseplants, maybe I should consider doing that… I feel like something as serious as a tree needs a name, and my overflowing Pothos needs one too, I think. I’m always giving it haircuts, so I feel like “Phoom” (an inside joke with some high school friends) or “Animal” like from the Muppets might be appropriate… ^_^ Let me know if you have ideas!

4 Responses to “When Life Gives You Lemons…”

  1. Ariana
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    I like Animal, haha. I should name mine too, what with its 15-foot vines… one of my friends jokes that it’s going to attempt to play ding-dong-ditch with the neighbors… so probably something related to a mischievous boy or something…

    • ellen
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      Well, maybe Animal it will be! That would be ironic in any case. I should probably repot it into something larger and put one of my other plants in its pot… the Cane-like Begonia is getting to be too big for its beaker I suspect.

  2. Matt
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    “Snicket” as in Lemony Snicket! Keep me posted with photos! Watching stuff grow over time is so cool.

    • ellen
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      Haha, thanks Matt! That’s a cute idea. The lemon tree is doing alright, it’s gotten twice as tall and has four leaves now, although lately it hasn’t been growing as much. I hope it’s just working below the surface…

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