How to Fertilize a Grapefruit Tree


Grapefruit are citrus tree fruits related to the pummelo that were created by a mutation and are now produced in many dozens of hybrid cultivars. Grapefruits thrive in frost-free subtropical and tropical climes. Like many other citrus varieties, grapefruit trees are not heavy consumers of fertilizer. A light application of fertilizer several times during the growing season is sufficient to keep the plants growing and producing fruit harvests.

Step 1

Fertilize your grapefruit tree three times during the growing season each year in February after new growth emerges, in June and again in October.

Step 2

Apply a powdered or granular ammonium sulfate nitrogen fertilizer with a guaranteed analysis of 20-0-0.

Step 3

Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the ammonium sulfate around the drip line of the grapefruit tree three times per year when the tree is a year old. Increase this to 2/3 cup three times a year at 2 years old, and increase to one cup three times a year at 3 years of age.

Step 4

Fertilize your mature grapefruit trees following this aged-based formula so that a 6-year-old tree would receive two cups of ammonium sulfate three times per year for a total of six cups of fertilizer for the year.

Step 5

Water the fertilizer into the soil until the soil is drenched and the nutrients begin to soak into the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonium sulfate fertilizer
  • Measuring cup
  • Water


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