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 Post subject: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:00 pm 
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Just some piccies of my pink grapefruit as it bearing fruit for the first time in the 2½ years I've had it in the ground.

So far it's only about 4ft high, but this is the only year it's had any significant growth. Quite a bushy habit to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:28 pm 
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Nice crop coming on there CD... My dad used to have a huge grapefruit tree when I was young, unfortunately I found them to be a bit of an acquired taste. Or perhaps I just don't like them much :) . I saw some Pomelos in the shop the other day, are they similar to grapefruit?

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:12 pm 
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Thanks EB. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of them either, but Mrs Chilli will get out of bed for one, so we had to have one.

Had pomelo over in Thailand - wasn't that impressed with them either, same sort of flavour and tartness.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:16 pm 
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chillidude wrote:
Mrs Chilli will get out of bed for one, so we had to have one.


Now to find something that has the opposite effect hey. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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Now to find something that has the opposite effect hey. :lol:

Mmmmm - I doubt Brad Pitt has room in his schedule, and Steve McQueen is dead, so I'm out of ideas .... :blackeye:

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:17 pm 
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That a fair amount of fruit. Do you fertilize. I'm finding the prep work makes a big difference in the time it takes some trees to start producing.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:43 am 
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Just checked my tree and it is loaded with fruit again. Not as many in a clump as Chillidude but sufficient to feed the family and have plenty to give away, register your interest now!
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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:21 am 
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That a fair amount of fruit. Do you fertilize. I'm finding the prep work makes a big difference in the time it takes some trees to start producing.

Duff, the holes dug for the trees were significant compared to their size and plenty of organic material dug in. But since then it's been regular watering and Dynamic Lifter scattered around every couple of months. Noting else, so, yeah, I'd agree, the prep is the largest contributing factor as they all seem to be doing well this year and all the citrus have only been in for 2.5 years.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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Wow, the grapefruit are ripening quickly, compared to the other citrus I have


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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:39 am 
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Well - I thought they were ripening quickly - check this photo and the previous one - not much of a difference over 2 months....


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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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Seems like a fairly early citrus season this year, I have a lot of naval oranges starting to colour up right now as well, and a few dropping because the crop on the tree was way too heavy.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:49 am 
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yeah, I have mandarins colouring up as well as lemons and oranges. Limes are dropping all over the place, even the kaffirs.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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I'm using limes already here at Benger, with mandarins, grapefruit and early navels colouring nicely. Still waiting on Sevilles for my marmalade and, of course, the late orange. Cumquats still only tiny.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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Never posted on this board before - but though this would be more appropriate then the aquaponics forum. List last winter I lost a lemon and a lime tree, but the root stock is still good and growing new branches. Would it be possible to remove some branches from my grapefruit and orange tree and graft them onto the still living root stock? I would hate to pull them if they could still be used.

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 Post subject: Re: Grapefruit
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DéjàVoodoo wrote:
Never posted on this board before - but though this would be more appropriate then the aquaponics forum. List last winter I lost a lemon and a lime tree, but the root stock is still good and growing new branches. Would it be possible to remove some branches from my grapefruit and orange tree and graft them onto the still living root stock? I would hate to pull them if they could still be used.

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Should work as the rootstock is for the same type of tree. If there is enough room on the trunk you may want to graft a chip-bud(the bump that turns into a new branch) under the bark on the root stock.

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