The Citrus x Paradisi is popularly known as the Grapefruit tree here in Britain. The grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi) is a subtropical citrus tree known for its relatively large sour to semi-sweet, somewhat bitter fruit. Grapefruit is a citrus hybrid originating in Barbados as an accidental cross between two introduced species – sweet orange (C. sinensis), and pomelo (or shaddock) (C. maxima) – both of which were introduced from Asia in the seventeenth century. When found, it was nicknamed the “forbidden fruit”. Frequently, it is misidentified as the very similar parent species, pomelo. This plant needs plenty of natural sunlight although it has a low hardiness rating of H3 making it essential to cover your plant during the winter time. Try to give this plant a once year trim and follow the guidelines of pruning group 1 for further ideas. The plant can suffer from potential pest problems although is usually disease free. The plant can growth to a final width of 50 cm (1.6 ft) and a final height of 70 cm (2.3 ft)
Latin Name: Citrus x Paradisi
English Name: Grapefruit
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flowering Period: Spring-Winter
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist but well-drained. Clay, Loam, Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: Low (H3)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -5°C to 0 °C (23 °F to 32 °F)
Maintenance: Pruning group 1
Growth Habit: Bushy
Cultivation: Citrus cultivation – grow outdoors in full sun in frost-free areas with a well-drained, neutral or acidic soil. Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full light at minimum of 3 – 5°C
Pests: Can get citrus red spider mite and glasshouse red spider mite, soft scale and fluted scale, aphids, caterpillars and mealybugs under glass
Diseases: Generally disease free
Final Height: 70 cm (2.3 ft)
Final Spread: 50 cm (1.6 ft)
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