Citrus

Grapefruit: from planting to harvest


Pomelo, often called grapefruit, is a citrus fruit with fleshy and tasty fruits.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Citrus paradisi
Family : Rutaceae
Height : 3 to 6 m

Exposure
: Sunny
Ground : Well drained

Foliage : Persistent -Harvest : November to March

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Before we begin, let's note that the real name of what we all call grapefruit is pomelo. We will keep, for reasons of simplicity, the name grapefruit which is no longer used.

Maintenance, from planting to pruning, plays an important role in the quality of the grapefruit harvest.

Planting grapefruit

Planting grapefruit is an important step because it is what will condition the good recovery and growth of your fruit tree.

Planting grapefruit in the ground :

  • Preferably in the spring.
  • Choose a sheltered and sunny location.
  • Pomelo is not resistant to temperatures below -5 ° and must not not be exposed to frost too long

Planting grapefruit in a pot :

In our latitudes, growing grapefruit in pots is recommended because it allows them to be sheltered in winter, under a greenhouse or an unheated veranda. The grapefruit needs coolness in winter but does not like frost.

  • Container cultivation is best for all citrus as long as it freezes in your area.
  • You will then have to bring it in from October to May.
  • As soon as you buy, repot in potting soil and then every 2 to 3 years.

Grapefruit size

The size of the grapefruit is not really necessary but, if you don't prune, your grapefruit should really grow big.

For improve fruiting, reduce each new shoot by about half, taking care to cut just above a pair of leaves, an eye, a bud.

  • You will also allow your citrus fruit to retain a beautiful compact figure.
  • You may have to intervene several times during this year.

Remove dead wood as you go and possibly ventilate the inside of the pomelo to give it back light.

All you need to know about grapefruit

Even though we commonly call it grapefruit, pomelo is not not to be confused with grapefruit (Citrus maxima).

The first is a cross between the grapefruit and the orange tree, it gives grapefruit, while the second gives very large fruits, often misshapen and not very consumable because very acidic.

The pomelo is, among citrus fruits, the one that provides the largest and heaviest fruit.

It is cultivated in France in mediterranean region and should be returned to the greenhouse, protected from frost during winter everywhere else.

  • Read also: benefits and virtues of grapefruit

Grapefruit harvest

The grapefruit harvest takes place when the fruits have a beautiful yellow color and come off easily.

Be careful, the pomelo does not continue to ripen once picked and must therefore be harvested ripe.


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Video: Whip grafting pomelo (October 2020).