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Grapefruit 'Flame'

Citrus × paradisi 'Flame'

Grapefruit (Eng.), Pomelo (Afr.)

Grapefruit trees are evergreen and produce clusters of large round fruits with a pink-yellow skin and juicy, segmented red flesh. In comparison to other varieties of grapefruit trees, Flame produce a larger load, and the fruit is sweeter and slightly tart. The ripe fruit is well-known and used in the culinary world, has various health benefits and may even be planted in various subtropical gardens as ornamental.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Allow fruit to ripen on the tree before harvesting. Cut the ripe fruit with very short stem not to damage other surrounding fruit when placed in s basket and to prevent damage to the trees when you pick.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds will come true from seed and you can start your own grapefruit tree by planting a fresh seed in a pot and maintaining for a year or two before potting on or setting outside.

Special features

Pot plant
Fruit holds on the tree for months, making it an excellent container plant.
Hedge plant
Trees can be pruned or even hedged.
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors in containers provided there is enough space and sunlight.
Attractive fruits
The medium-sized, rounded fruit has a smooth yellow rind and usually has a pink blush. The flesh is tender and juicy, with no or few seeds and a dark red interior.

Geography

Origin
Caribbean
Natural climate
Hot summers

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Used to lower blood cholesterol levels. The fruit's low glycemic index causes an increase in metabolism of body fat. Essential oil used in aromatherapy.
Edible
The flesh or the juice is used fresh as well as in desserts, cocktails, fruit salads, ice creams, confectionery, in various dishes and in drinks.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to Phytophera or root rot and attacks by the Asian citrus leafminer.

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