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Grapefruit trees are one of the easiest citrus fruits to grow. Young trees grow best in a bright sunny location and well-drained soil. Grapefruit trees produce large fruits year-round that are very nutritious. Grapefruits can be grown in a large pot which can be moved inside during the cooler months and put outside in the full sun during the warmer months. Citrus trees are great as Christmas gifts.
People often think you need to live in a tropical climate to grow Grapefruit trees. Nothing could be further from the truth; Grapefruit trees can be grown outdoors during the warmer months in full sun and brought inside and placed near a sunny window when the temperature begins to drop in the fall. South-facing windows are the best choice but eastern or western windows are also good.
Planting your Grapefruit Tree
Outdoors: If you live in the warmer areas of the country in zones 9, 10, or 11, you are lucky enough to be able to plant your grapefruit trees outdoors directly in the ground. Grapefruits that are grown outdoors year-round will bear larger quantities of fruit than those grown indoors. Grapefruit trees should be planted in full sun and well-drained soil.
Indoors: For those who live in growing zones 3 through 8, growing grapefruit trees indoors during the cold weather months and moving them to the sunny patio in late spring is the way to go. Be sure to plant your Grapefruit in a pot with drainage holes. The tree can easily be moved around with very little stress to the fruit tree. The root system of grapefruit trees does not like to stay constantly moist, so well-drained soil is important for the tree's health.
Choosing the Best Soil for your Grapefruit Trees
When planting your Grapefruit tree in the ground, it is recommended to use a mix of equal parts of your existing soil and locally sourced compost.
In a pot, well-drained potting soil is recommended, such as Espoma Organic Cactus Mix. Espoma Organic Cactus Potting Mix contains a premium blend of peat humus, sand, sphagnum peat moss, perlite and is enriched with Myco-tone. This potting mix provides optimum aeration, drainage, improves soil moisture retention, reduces drought stress, and promotes root growth.
Watering your Grapefruit Tree
Once established, Grapefruit Trees are very drought resistant making them welcome additions to most houseplant collections. Only water Grapefruit trees when the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil is dry and stop only when water begins to flow out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
Do not allow the potted citrus trees to sit in a saucer full of water, as this can cause root diseases and ultimately lead to the lemon tree's death. Many growers will place pebbles in the saucer to raise the bottom of the potted tree out of the water. Doing this does allow some water to remain and increases the humidity level around the tree.
Fertilizing your Grapefruit Tree
There are many options when it comes to feeding your Grapefruit trees. If you are planting your Grapefruit tree outdoors, one of the easiest and best ways to fertilize is with Espoma Citrus-tone. Citrus-tone is made from natural and organic plant food ingredients. Citrus tones organic nutrients break down gradually to provide a safe, long-lasting food reservoir throughout the growing season.
Indoors a well-balanced fertilizer like Osmocote Plus is a good way to feed Grapefruit trees. Sprinkle the recommended amount onto the soil surface, and each time you water, the perfect amount of nutrients are made available to the tree.
Whether indoors or outdoors, when the Grapefruit tree produces fruit, it's important to make sure there are enough nutrients available to the tree. A citrus tree that is deficient in nutrients will often drop fruit before it is fully mature, and the green foliage can begin to turn yellow.
Pruning your Grapefruit Trees
As the Grapefruit tree matures, it will occasionally need to be pruned. There are several reasons that a citrus tree should be pruned.
One of the main reasons, especially for those growing Grapefruits indoors, is to maintain a bushy more compact shape. This can be done by pruning the tips of the branches. This promotes lateral branching and will keep the tree fuller, leading to more blossoms.
Removing any weaker shoots that may form will allow the sun to penetrate the canopy to ripen the fruit.
Suckers will occasionally grow from the bottom of the truck. A sucker is a little stem that grows out of the base of the tree near the roots. It can cause additional stress but can be removed at any time.
Pollinating Grapefruit Tree Flowers Indoors
Indoors when flowers form, there are no bees or breezes to pollinate the lemon tree's flowers. Getting past this problem is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding tasks any house plant grower can undertake. Take a small paintbrush and dab the flowers picking up the polling from one flower and moving it to other flowers. Grapefruits will form without this help, but a larger crop of fruit will develop when you manually pollinate.
Controlling Insects pests and diseases on Grapefruit Citrus Trees
Grapefruit trees that are grown outdoors will occasionally get insect pests. Aphids, spider mites will sometimes find their way onto even the healthiest citrus trees. Insects are easily controlled on citrus trees, and it can be done organically. Bonide Neem Oil is a beneficial method of control as it will control all life cycles of the pest. It is available in a ready to use formulation that can be sprayed directly onto the leaves and stems of the tree.
Another excellent product is Bonide's Insecticidal Soap, also available in a ready to use formulation that smothers all life cycles of the insect. Both products are organic and do not harm the environment.
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Our orders ship year-round, and when shipping to the areas experiencing colder weather, heat packs can be included to protect the tree from cold damage. Don't wait; order today and enjoy the delicious ruby-red flesh of a homegrown grapefruit.