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Grapefruit 'Star Ruby'

Citrus × paradisi 'Star Ruby'

Grapefruit (Eng.), Pomelo (Afr.)

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The "Star Ruby" variety of grapefruit is seedless, with red flesh that is sweet and slightly tart. These evergreen tree produce clusters of large round, pink-yellow fruits that are popular in the culinary applications. It is aesthetically beautiful and can be planted as an ornamental subtropical garden tree. With its various health benefits, and medicinal uses this tree is a well-rounded favorite for any garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Fruits ripen in winter and are harvested by hand as they mature.

Propagation

Cuttings
Stem cuttings will root fairly easily in a mixture of loam and vermiculite.
Layering
Plants can also be propagated by layering, either air layering or just pegging a low branch down into the soil or compost in an adjacent pot.
Seed
Sow seeds in the spring. They are true to type meaning the new tree will produce fruit that looks the same as the motherplant.

Special features

Drought resistant
Moderately drought tolerant once established.
Pot plant
Grows well in a containers with sufficient drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
including butterflies like the Citrus swallowtail.
Hedge plant
Makes a thick, beautiful evergreen hedge.

Geography

Origin
USA, Texas.
Natural climate
Hot summers

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Used in aromatherapy, to prevent arthritis, as an antiseptic, to lower cholesterol levels, to avoid common cold, flu, fever, and coughing, to reduce fatigue, to prevent malaria, to lower acidity, etc.
Edible
Fruits are eaten for breakfast, dessert or used in cocktails, fruit salads, ice creams, confectionery, juice and in various cooked dishes.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Diseases include root rot, greening disease, sooty mould, citrus scab, and canker. Pests include leafminer, citrus psyllid, aphids, scale and citrus wooly whitefly. The larva of the citrus swallowtail can also cause damage to growth tips and leaves.

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