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GRAPEFRUIT

Citrus x paradisi

Pomelo

The evergreen grapefruit trees usually grow to around 5–6 m tall, although they can reach 13–15 m. The leaves are glossy dark green, long and thin. It produces 4 cm white five-petaled flowers. The fruit is yellow-orange skinned and generally an oblate spheroid in shape; it ranges in diameter from 10–15 cm. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color depending on the cultivars, which include white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness (generally, the redder varieties are sweeter). The 1929 US Ruby Red (of the Redblush variety) has the first grapefruit patent.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

They are ready to pick once the skin is completely yellow or colored and no more green visible. A taste-test of a few fruit can help you make that decision. Grapefruits don’t fall from the tree when they are ripe, so don’t watch for any fallen fruit as a symptom of maturity, rather test the pressure - the skin should feel firm, but spongy. And usually you can smell the fruit when they are ripe!

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring and keep moist until germinated.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Asia
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

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

Uses

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Tiny aphids and scale insects are usually found on grapefruit trees, but a mature tree won’t suffer for it unless it’s a thorough infestation. A hard stream of water can easily wash off aphids, though it won’t have any effect on tough-shelled scale.

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