Grapefruit: From Plantation To Harvest

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grapefruit tree

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

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Citrus paradisi
Family: Rutaceae
Height: 3 to 6 m

Exposure
: Sunny
Ground: Well drained
Foliage: Persistent
Flowering: November to March

To read also: benefits and virtues of grapefruit for health

Before starting, note that the real name of what we call all grapefruit is pomelo. For reasons of simplicity, we will keep the name grapefruit, which is no longer used.

The maintenance, from planting to pruning, largely contributes to the quality of the pomelos harvest. (© Hanoi Photography)

Grapefruit plantation:

The planting of grapefruit is an important step because it is it that will condition the good recovery and growth of your fruit.

Grapefruit plantation in open ground:

  • Preferably in the spring.
  • Choose a sheltered and sunny place.
  • The grapefruit is not resistant to temperatures below -5° and must not be exposed to freezing too long

Potted grapefruit plantation:

In our latitudes, the cultivation of potted grapefruit is recommended because it allows to shelter in winter, under a greenhouse or unheated porch. Grapefruit needs freshness in winter but fears frost.

  • Potted cultivation is preferable for all citrus fruits as it freezes in your area.
  • You will need to return from October to May.
  • As soon as you buy, repot in potting soil and then every 2 to 3 years.

Size of the grapefruit tree:

The size of grapefruit is not not really necessary but, if you do not prune, your pomelo should quickly grow.

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

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

Remove dead wood as and when possibly air inside the pomelo to give him back some light.

To know about grapefruit:

Grapefruit grapefruit

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

The first is a cross between grapefruit and the orange, it gives grapefruit, while the second gives very large fruits, often misshapen and little consumable because very acidic.

The grapefruit is, among citrus fruits, the one who provides the largest and heavier fruit.

It is grown in France in Mediterranean region and will have to be returned to the greenhouse, frost-free during the winter everywhere else.

To read also: benefits and virtues of grapefruit for health

Grapefruit harvest:

Grapefruit harvest occurs when the fruits have a beautiful yellow color and come off easily.

Attention, the grapefruit does not continue to ripen once picked and must therefore be harvested ripe.

To read also about citrus:

  • Focus on citrus

  • Cultivation of Clementine

  • Orange cultivation

  • Lemon tree cultivation

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Video: Harvesting Grape Fruit by Monster machine and Packing by hand - Noal Farm modern agriculture 2018.

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