How to Grow Grapefruit Trees

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Growing grapefruit trees requires a mild climate, organic matter like peat moss due to its acidity and plenty of water and sunlight. Get a grapefruit tree to thrive, sometimes with a little fertilizer, with tips from a gardening specialist in this free... View Video Transcript

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Jessica Smith

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Hi, I'm Jessica Smith with Blands Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today we're talking all about trees and shrubs. All right? Now we're going to discuss how to grow grapefruits. Well, grapefruits don't grow here, as, as a tree outdoors, because we'd freeze. But if you're lucky enough to live in a mild enough climate where they will grow, you'll treat it just like you would any other type of a tree. When you plant it, nice organic matter. They do tend to like it a little bit acidic, so a peat moss would be also a good one for you to use as your amendment. And then just make sure you water it in. Now if you live in a cold climate, it is possible to bring it indoors throughout the wintertime, but remember, this is a tree. It is going to get large, and it's going to need a large enough pot. Your pot, make sure that there is drainage holes at the bottom, otherwise it's going to rot out on ya. And remember that moving it indoors and outdoors, if you take it outdoors throughout the summer, can be a chore. They do like a very sunny location, so it does need a room that, either a sun room is the best location for it, but not all of us have those. So you'll want it in a sunny location, make sure it gets enough light. Even in front of the window, make sure that you rotate it throughout the season so that it grows evenly and doesn't reach to one side or the other. And they like a good, occasional fertilizer. Get a nice, citrus fertilizer for it. One that's balanced in all of it's nutrients, and that, you can actually find that at your local nursery. Give it a nice fertilizer, maybe a little faster release one throughout the active season, which is late winter and into the early spring. The inactive season it doesn't need it quite as much. You can do with the slow release, that's towards the end of the fall, early winter. Now citrus trees have thorns on their branches, so you need to be a little careful with them. I'm just kind of forewarning you so you don't injure yourself. There's just a small, little thorn on 'em. This is normal.