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I have a grapefruit that was started from seed, I do not know the variety. It is about 18 inches in height now and pretty healthy. The leaves are like a double leaf, in that there is a smaller section near the stem then a larger leaf beyond that. Currently it is in a 4-6 inch pot indoors, but it is exceeding it's home now. I can't just let it die so I would like to know how to care for it and help it live.
By Gale from San Rafael, CA
I bought a house with a grapefruit tree that had never given fruit in 7 years. We did not get fruit until 3 years later. But now, 7 years after that, I usually fill at least 15 of those 30 gallon tubs each spring. I take the fruit to school to school for my students and parents to have. I play rock 'n roll all summer long in the back yard while I'm in the pool. I'm sure that's what makes it produce so much fruit.
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By Ellen Brown Q: Ellen,
I have a grapefruit tree that I actually rooted from a seed that was germinating inside a grapefruit I bought. It is now outgrowing its pot. Does it have any chance of bearing fruit?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
Bekkicat from Charlotte
There is always a chance, but the odds are not exactly in your favor-especially growing it indoors. Grapefruit bought at the supermarket are usually the result of hybrid plants developed by breeders. Once these plants develop the appropriate desirable characteristics, they are propagated asexually in order to reproduce copies of the parent plant. A few of these "clones" turn out to be sterile, but many will produce fruit. If you do get a fruit producer, the grapefruit probably won't exhibit the same size and flavor characteristics as the grapefruit you took the seed from, but that doesn't mean it won't be good. Who knows, you may stumble upon something even better! I'm currently growing a Granny Smith seed from a great apple I ate this past summer. My advice would be to move your plant to a bigger pot, be VERY patient (it can take years) and keep trying!
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The grapefruit tree made a beautiful tree. All it made was thorns. I trimmed the lower limbs down so I could mow. This spring it finally bloomed. My daughter called us. We were in Florida for the winter. It probably has 500 to 1000 fruits on it now they are ruby red and really sweet. The only problem is I thought the tree would never make and let it grow without pruning. It is now over 20 feet tall. Trees will grow from seeds, but it will take many years. I know this tree is 10 to 12 years old and this is the first year to bloom and produce. So if you plant one don't give up on it as I did. (12/02/2009)