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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Grapefruit Trees

Grapefruit Tree

Grapefruit trees and other citrus are easy to care for if you know what you're looking at. Here's everything you need to know about raising grapefruit trees.

Scientists believe that to combat climate change, we need to plant 1 trillion trees

Although you can't undertake this yourself, why not contribute by planting a few citrus trees of your own?

Not only are trees great for the planet, but they're also great for you. Gardening is a known de-stressor and can also provide oxygen for you to breathe!

Citrus trees can be pretty easy to care for and maintain if you understand certain parts of the process. Continue reading below for helpful tips on raising grapefruit trees.

When to Plant Your Citrus Tree

You can either plant your grapefruit tree in spring or fall. However, keep in mind that both winter and summer will provide challenges for your tree. 

Depending on your local weather conditions, you may choose that either spring or fall is better. For example, if you have particularly harsh winters, choose spring. 

However, if you're not sure which season is best for your citrus tree, ask someone at your local garden center or contact us at US Citrus.

Dig Deep and Wide

When planting a grapefruit tree, you need to dig wide and deep to ensure the roots have a lot of space. 

Furthermore, you should grow your trees far away from concrete, buildings, or walkways. 

You should ensure that your tree is in the southernmost area of your garden to provide it with lots of sunshine!

Water Your Grapefruit Tree

Citrus trees aren't always the easiest trees to grow. If you want to see your plant flourish, you will need to provide it with a lot of attention. 

This involves watering it every few days, especially during the first two weeks after planting. Furthermore, make sure you add citrus plant food for grapefruit trees every four weeks.

Finally, never prune your tree unless you need to remove damaged branches. If you need more guidance, speak to your local garden center as they will be able to give you specific advice about your tree. 

Harvest and Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor 

You should be able to harvest your tree's fruits in the fall of the third year. Yes, it will take three years before your tree produces quality fruit. 

During the first two years, you should remove the fruit that has grown to ensure the tree spends its energy growing stronger, not growing grapefruit.

But, after three years you should have plenty to eat! Your fruit should be left to develop so that your harvest is full of larger grapefruits.

But, ensure you don't leave it developing for too long! Any fruit that looks too lumpy is overripe, so keep an eye out for this!

Growing Grapefruit Trees is Very Rewarding!

After three years, your grapefruit trees should be producing delicious citrus fruits and they're also removing carbon from the atmosphere too! 

Why not plant even more trees if you have space? You could even begin planting vegetables and fruits which don't take three years to provide sustenance!

It won't take long before you'll be making fruit baskets. Check out this guide on how to make a fantastic fruit basket.

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Is it Ready? How to Tell When Grapefruits are Ripe and Ready to Eat

How to Tell When Grapefruits are Ripe

Is your grapefruit ripe and ready to be picked? How can you tell? Check out the tips below to learn how to spot a grapefruit that's ripe and ready to eat.

Grapefruits are low in calories, rich in vitamin C, promote a healthy immune system, and promote heart health. 

With all of these benefits, you should always have some grapefruits available in your house. An easy way is to grow your own grapefruit tree!

How do you know if you will enjoy a sweet and juicy grapefruit or a sour one? In this article, we will walk you through how to tell when to pick a ripe grapefruit.

Look at the Color

Although it might be difficult to tell when a grapefruit is ripe, there are a few tricks. For example, grapefruits come in red, white, pink, pomelo, and oroblanco, so the color might not tell you much about whether they're ready to enjoy. 

To know for sure if a grapefruit is ripe, check to make sure you don't see any green patches.

The Shape

Most people like to go to the grocery store and pick the roundest fruits. However, grapefruits that are too round are not ready for the picking. 

When you choose a grapefruit, make sure it has a few shape imperfections. Some ripe grapefruits have oval shapes, flat tops and bottoms, and other imperfections. 

The Texture

When grapefruits are ready to eat, they should have a smooth texture. Grab a grapefruit and make sure it has a smooth and thin skin. 

You want to also make sure the grapefruit is heavy and plump. A heavy grapefruit means it will burst with juice. 

If you notice the grapefruit is really soft or has softer spots, it's a sign it's going bad. 

How to Store Grapefruits

If you want your grapefruits to have a long shelf life, there are a few things you can do.

For best results, you should keep your grapefruits at room temperature in a fruit basket. You can expect them to last for about 10 days. However, try to avoid placing them under direct sunlight.

If you don't want to eat your grapefruits right away, storing them in the fridge or someplace dark can help them last longer. 

Best Climate for Ripening

Grapefruits are tropical fruits that originated in sub-tropical weather, which makes them sensitive to the cold. 

Growing grapefruits in different climates will have slightly picking times. Also, cooler climates tend to produce more acidic grapefruits. 

Ripening Season

The ripening season depends on the climate where the trees grow. However, for the most part, grapefruits are ready to pick in early fall. 

Some growers prefer to pick grapefruits late in the fall because they claim it has a better flavor. It is also possible to leave the grapefruits on the trees through the winter to ensure they stay fresh the longest. 

However, once spring arrives, the grapefruits will fall from the trees to make room for new fruits. 

How to Spot a Ripe Grapefruit

Now that you know how to pick a ripe grapefruit, it's time for you to enjoy one by itself or as part of delicious grapefruit recipes! The color, shape, and texture can tell you whether or not your grapefruit is ready to enjoy.

Want to grow your grapefruit tree in your backyard? Check out our fast-growing Rio Red grapefruit trees delivered straight to your door!