How Do You Start Grapefruit Seeds?


Do you start grapefruit seeds in water or in soil?




Here is one way to do it:

Wrap seeds in a small amount of moist peat moss or a damp paper towel and tuck them into a sandwich bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator for about 3-4 weeks. Then plant the seeds in a small pot. Otherwise, just bypass the fridge idea, plant them directly in the pot, and see what happens. Either way, you are bound to get something to sprout eventually.


Once the seed germinates and the seedling starts to grow, wait until it develops it first true set of leaves (usually the second set of leaves that appear) before transplanting it to a bigger pot. The pot does not need to be too big to start with, just make sure the soil mixture you use provides plenty of drainage.

If you plant a seed from a grapefruit you buy at the supermarket, chances are the seed is from fruit that was produced by hybrid plants. On the one hand, this means that your tree could turn out to be sterile and never produce a single piece of fruit. On the other hand, you may get fruit, but if you do, it is unlikely to exhibit the same size and flavor characteristics as the original fruit you took the seed from. You going to have to be very patient, because it can take anywhere from 7-9 years before a grapefruit tree is mature enough to produce its first fruit. In any event, you will have a lovely tree to show for your efforts.



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March 29, 20080 found this helpful

I found this article after a search. Hope this helps:

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March 31, 20080 found this helpful

It is not that easy to start any Citrus from seed, I have started 1 but it had already sprouted in the grapefruit. The drawback

From starting any fruit from seed is they never come true, that means there never liked the original fruit, sometimes you will get something better, but usually it's not even worth eating.

If you should happen to get 1 going and find out it has a lousy fruit, you can always graft a good Citrus to it, in fact you could do several different ones on 1 tree.

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