The Pintester Movement

I think by now everyone, and their mother, has heard of Pinterest, so I won’t go into detail about what it is.  A few months ago I was cruising around on Pinterest and I came across “The Pintester”.  Since then, I have thoroughly been enjoying her blogs.  She takes popular “pins” on Pinterest and tests them out.  Most of the time it’s a major fail, and we all get to have a good laugh, at her expense.  Thank-you, Pintester, for bringing on the LOL’s.  Keep ’em coming!

The Pintester has welcomed anyone who wishes to join her in The Pintester Movement, where we all get to test out a pin from Pinterest, post it in a mega blog, so we can all laugh with each other at our many fails, and successes.  This should be fun.

Sonya, thanks so much for letting us all in on the fun.  Maybe this can become a regular thing?!

Here is the link to The Pintester Movement:

I actually tested a very popular pin on Pinterest a few of months ago.  It was the one where you start a lemon plant from lemon seeds.  If you haven’t seen it on Pinterest, you are probably living under a rock.

Lemon Plant

Original post courtesy of://          The blog has since been removed, so if you know of the person who blogged this please let me know so I can give credit.

Okay, so thanks to Pinterest I have tried many new things.  Honestly, most of the things I’ve tried have been food items.  I tend to be somewhat of an over-achiever when it comes it cooking, so I chose to do something I’m not as good at; gardening.  Over the winter I found tons of pins about starting plants, from seeds, under grow lights.  As I was on my quest to grow plants for my garden, I came across this lemon plant.  It looks very easy to do, only there was no formal instructions, just pictures.  I figured since I’m well past the age of 5, I should have success following the simple pictured instructions, after all I do have my fair share of Ikea items and am no stranger to following that type of instruction.

I gathered my things:  a pot, dirt, and seeds.  Upon further investigation, I found out that the roots of lemon plants like to grow deep, so a deep pot is favourable.  Also, in the pictures it shows about 150 seeds, planted.  I’m sorry, but I am not going to spend a small fortune on lemons just for a pin.  I had 3 lemons in my fridge, so I cut them all open and used the seeds that didn’t get sliced from said cutting.  If memory serves me correctly I probably had about 10-15 seeds.  I put some small stones in the bottom of the pot, for drainage, and I filled my pot with a general potting mix.  The seeds have to stay moist until you plant them, so I just put them in a little dish of water.  I planted the seeds, and covered them with dirt.  I really liked how they put the cute little rocks on top, so I went to Michaels and bought a bag, a small bag, for like $8.  That was a rip off, but at least I had a coupon for 40% off.

I left that pot under the grow lights for what seemed like months.  Truthfully, it was probably around 3 weeks.  Nothing sprouted, and I had convinced myself that it was either because I was a complete idiot who couldn’t even follow picture instructions, or that it was because I didn’t buy organic lemons.  So I moved the pot off to the side and chalked it up to a fail.  Then, much to my delight, at around the 8 week mark, just as I was about to throw it in the garbage, I saw a tiny sprout.   And then they just started popping up, one after and another.

So, what I thought was a major fail, turned into a major win.

Here is what it looks like now…

Lemon Plant

Not too bad at all.




33 thoughts on “The Pintester Movement

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  2. Hrm. I may suggest this to my husband. He loves plants. I don’t like anything I can’t hug without killing. Once it is a tree and I can hug it, then I’ll like it.

    • Up until this year the only thing I’ve been able to grow successfully is children, oldest one being 15 now. This is actually a really easy plant to grow. I hardly water it, and it just sits in my living room window. It really is a no-fail project. If I can grow it, any one can!

    • I’ve read that lemon leaves are supposed to smell really good, but I’ve smelt the leaves over and over, and I haven’t noticed anything. Patience is required for this project. Just when you think it’s a total bust miracles happen!

  3. Well crap, I might just have to go hack open some lemons RIGHT NOW! I have seen the pin but have avoided it because plants have a tendency to die around me….through no fault of my own, I assure you. Thanks for this, I would love to see something grow in my kitchen window!

  4. That is so great! I definitely will try this since I have a couple lemons in the fridge. I’m notorious for trying to save seeds and pits out of grocery store fruits to try and plant

  5. I hate to tell you this now that you spent a fortune on rocks but I got a bag of pretty shiny rocks at the dollar store for 60 cents. Did you peel the cover off the seeds? I just spent a ridiculous amount of time peeling about 25 seeds. If you didn’t, that may be why it took so long for yours to sprout. I’ll let you know when(if) mine sprout.

  6. I’m going to try this with meyer lemons I found at the grocery store this week. Can I ask how often you watered it before they sprouted? And do you keep watering as often once they start to grow. They look great!

  7. I also tried this but I gave up on it after week 3 or 4, thinking I had done something wrong or it was just one of those Pint rest fails. Sounds like I just needed to give it more time. Will try again.

    • I didn’t have drainage holes in my pot, so I didn’t have to water it as often as I would if it had drainage. I guess you’d water it ever few days, just like any other plant. Once it starts growing it’s definitely going to be watered on a regular basis. It’s hard to say how often, because if your house is dry (less humid) you’ll need to water more frequently, whereas if your house is more on the humid side, you’ll water less. Best thing to do is just keep checking it, everyday, and you’ll learn how much water your plant needs.

    • I’ve never tried it, but I can’t see why not. Give it a go!! I will say though, weeks and weeks may go by with no sprout, and then all of a sudden something will pop up.

    • No I didn’t cut the seeds, but I remember you do have to keep the seeds moist. You know what though? Cutting the seed may help it to germinate quicker. Give a shot!

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