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Rio Red Grapefruit Tree



The official state fruit of Texas, with a smooth and sweet-sour flesh, the grapefruit tree produces incredible scents when blooming. 

Introduced to the general public in 1984, the Rio Red grapefruit hails from the breeding program of the citrus legend Dr. R.A. Hensz from the Texas A&M Citrus Center.

As a mentor to our founder, Dr. Mani Skaria, Dr. Hensz holds a special place in our hearts.


Rio Red Grapefruit
  • The tastiest and juiciest grapefruit variety 
  • Large fruit with yellow rind with a red blush and world-famous delicious pink-red fleshed fruit
  • Juicy with a fine sweet and tart flavor, fairly easy to peel
Rio Red Grapefruit Tree
  • Harvest from Christmas to March.
  • Fruit holds very well on the tree.
  • Grapefruit has the highest heat requirement of any citrus
  • Vigorous growing, large tree, with a spreading canopy, large dark green leaves
Technical Specs for Your Tree:
  • This tree is grafted, using proprietary micro-budding technology. It is not grown from cuttings or from a seed
  • Rootstock: Brazilian Sour Orange or Citrange-22
  • non-GMO, not organically raised
  • Height: 12-inches tall or greater (not including root system)
  • Stem Diameter: 4mm or greater
  • Age: ~6 months in age or older
  • Pot size: 2.5 quarts plastic pot (which is referred to as 1-gallon in standard nursery nomenclature)
  • Start of fruit production: after one year of consistent growth
  • Consistent fruit harvests: after two years of consistent growth
  • Container: Your tree can stay in the pot it comes in for one year. Re-potting can be done at any time, we suggest 5-gallon to 15-gallon pot sizes with drainage holes
  • Watering: A newly shipped tree needs its soil drenched daily for 4 weeks. Overwatering is not a concern if the container has drainage holes and the tree is outdoors.
  • Indoor growing: watering needs to be adjusted, more info in our care guide.
  • Climate Control: Needs to be protected from strong winds or temperatures under 40 degrees F.
  • Light: We recommend the tree be kept outdoors for full sunlight. If is kept indoors, we recommend a full-spectrum grow light, window light will not suffice as this is a tropical tree. If the tree is kept indoors without a full spectrum grow light, we cannot say with confidence that the tree will survive or thrive.
  • Nutrition: To thrive, your tree needs proper fertilizer three times yearly.
  • Your tree can spend its life in a pot. We do NOT recommend planting the tree in the ground if there are any freezing temperatures unless you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a, 9b or 10a. Even then your tree must be protected from temperatures below freezing.
  • Nursery: TDA/USDA certified nursery in Hargill, Texas. We do not purchase trees from any other nurseries to re-sell.
  • 20-page comprehensive care guide included

We can ship trees anywhere in the US except CA, FL, AZ or LA (USDA restrictions).

Fruit and leaves can be shipped anywhere in the US or Canada.