Tropicals forum: Grapefruit

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Name: Christine
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Christine
Jun 6, 2017 6:54 AM CST
I grew this on a $5.00 bet, I just threw some seeds in a pot to see if they would grow, and here she is 4 years later, my question is, should I trim the branches I marked or should I just leave her alone? Thanks for any thoughts Christine
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Name: Kristi
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Jun 6, 2017 6:58 PM CST
If you plan on keeping it in a container, I would prune to keep it nicely shaped and manageable to move in or outdoors.

I have grown three container grapefruit trees. When they become too large, I would trim both the foliage and the rootball to keep it in a container which I could manhandle. I'm sure you've noticed the citrus odor if you crush a leaf.

Grapefruit don't come back true when started by seed. They are grafted. Mine never bloomed or fruited. But the leaves are enjoyed by the caterpillars which become the Swallowtail butterflies so are fun to grow for them. Lovey dubby

Hope you enjoy your pretty plant.

And just a suggestion, I took a nail clipper and nipped the thorns off. They can be wicked... Whistling
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 6, 2017 7:18 PM CST
I agree with Kristi, it probably will never give you fruit or even bloom. But it sure is a pretty plant (or plants?)

It looks like there may be two plants in that pot. It looks great for a foliage plant but two in one pot? It's going to stunt both. As long as all you want is a foliage plant it might work and I wouldn't prune it at all, just keep doing what you're doing.

If you actually want to grow it for fruit, I think you'd need to separate them and plant in the ground. Guess that's not possible in New York state, huh? Grapefruit get to be big trees.
Elaine

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Name: Christine
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Christine
Jun 7, 2017 6:11 AM CST
Thank you Kristi & Elaine, you've both provided me with great information, Kristi you are so right about the thorns, they got me more than once when I re-poted her 3 weeks ago. Elaine, I didnt really take notice until you mention 2 plants in the pot, I just went out and looked, there are 3 Blinking in the pot, there is no way I can try and separate them, can I cut the 2 smaller ones down and keep the biggest?? I would like to see how long I can hang on to her, I love when I can say I grew this beauty on a bet Hilarious! The weather here has been awful, constant rain and cold, its supposed to start warming up tomorrow Crossing Fingers!
Christine
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 7, 2017 6:29 AM CST
I think you'll be sorry if you cut out two of the plants, Christine. The one single plant will look thin and scrawny by itself. You have a nice bushy foliage "plant" right now.

I have two kumquats right outside my window here that grew themselves from seed. They are about 3in. apart and nearly 5ft. tall. The butterflies lay eggs on them so I haven't yanked them out but I have no idea how long they will go on looking healthy. Just enjoying them for what they are.
Elaine

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Name: Christine
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Christine
Jun 7, 2017 7:37 AM CST
Thanks Elaine, I will leave it alone and just cut off some of the thorns Smiling

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