Citrus Plant - Grapefruit
Grow your own grapefruit packed with vitamins & minerals!
Made popular in the 19th century, the grapefruit tree boasts attractive dark green leaves, white flowers and round yellow/orange-skinned fruits that are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. Supplied as a large specimen in a 5 litre pot, will begin producing fruit within 18 months. Plants despatched from 1m-1.5m tall.
Enjoy the scent and flavour of your very own Mediterranean-style citrus grove! Plants have glossy, dark green foliage, little white scented flowers and bear fruit from late spring to late summer.
- Grow your very own grapefruit, packed with vitamins & minerals!
- Fill your patio & conservatory with beautifully scented white flowers.
- Place these stunning plants in warmer spots of your garden in a decorative container.
Looking after your Citrus Plant - Grapefruit
Citrus trees are surprisingly hardy, tolerating temperatures down to -5°C and will thrive in most gardens given a warm sunny position. In the UK they are probably best grown in a large pot or other suitable container as this will allow them to be moved as conditions dictate. Citrus Trees will not however tolerate wet conditions and water-logging for any length of time will usually result in the loss of a plant. For this reason they should be grown in very free draining soil or compost.
For more Growing Information view our Citrus Trees Growing Guide
Citrus Tree Food
To keep your citrus plants green and healthy, and in top fruiting form, feed them all year. In summer they’ll appreciate our high nitrogen feed, and in winter our more balanced feed to help flowers and fruit. Simply dissolve in water and apply.
Discover the range of Citrus Tree Food Here
Plug or Potted Plant:Potted
Aftercare - Easy:False
Aftercare - Moderate:True
Aftercare - High:False
Likes Acidic Soil:False
Beds & Borders:True
Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:True
Prefers Full Sun:True
ON RECEIPT - Remove the plant from the packaging immediately. Check the compost is moist and water if necessary.
CARE OF THE PLANTS - These plants have already been grown on to fill the pot provided. The plant can now be enjoyed in it’s present container or planted into a larger container to suit the growing position chosen. Citrus trees grow best in a sunny greenhouse, conservatory or windowsill with a minimum temperature of 4ºC (38ºF). They will also thrive outside in a sunny sheltered spot during hot summer weather. In a dry atmosphere leaf drop can occur, therefore plants should be stood on a saucer containing gravel and water which is away from radiators. Water thoroughly each time the surface of the compost becomes dry.
In the summer months watering may be daily during hot weather and fortnightly during the cool winter months, just enough to keep the roots moist. Do not allow the compost to become soggy and waterlogged as this will kill the roots. Feeding the plants weekly during the spring and summer with a citrus fertiliser or seaweed-based fertiliser will promote fruit growth. Citrus do not thrive with high salt levels in the compost so taking the plant outside twice a year and drenching with lots of clean water will prevent any build-up of excess fertiliser salts.
FRUITING & PRUNING - Citrus are very rewarding plants to look after, providing endless interest as the small scented white flowers appear in spring, followed by small fruit as the flowers fade. With the correct conditions the fruit will grow steadily over the next six months until they ripen. The fruits can be picked off or left on the tree for ornamental purposes. To encourage a bushy plant and to maintain a good shape, plants can be trimmed just as the new growth starts to sprout in the spring.
These varieties are hardy in many parts of the UK (to -5°C), so although they make a beautiful specimen plant in a conservatory, they can also be grown in a well drained pot in a sheltered spot outdoors!