The Starting Of A Grapefruit Tree

Seeds - These seeds are ready to go into dirt.
@velvet53 (21610)
Palisade, Colorado
April 28, 2013 7:00pm CST
As most of you know, I love plants and have been starting some fruit trees from seeds. Here, I have a picture of two grapefruit seeds that are ready to plant. I just took the seeds from a grapefruit, washed them real good, wrapped them in a wet paper towel and placed it inside of a zip lock bag. I then put the bag on top of my hot water tank and left it for a couple of weeks. I already have four grapefruit trees that are about four inches tall. I am having fun.
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@veganbliss (3895)
• Adelaide, Australia
29 Apr 13
Snap! I've just planted some I sprouted from seed to. I didn't go to all the trouble you did; just stuck them in the ground & they grew. Quite surprising for here. They're doing well; nearly a foot tall now. They were organic, so might have more chance of bearing fruit. Even if they don't, the beautiful deep rich green leaves will make for a refreshing sight & one day will make an excellent shade tree! I have several dozen organic avocado trees I sprouted from seed & they're growing both in pots & in the ground now. The biggest is chest-high. Awesome big, deep dark green leaves. Some are Hass variety & the rest are Shepherds. All The Best with yours.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
Wow, they sound awesome. Now I know that I can put them in dirt instead of doing all the other stuff. I would love to have one produce fruit but I know I will have to get different seeds. You must have a big yard to have all these trees. I live in an apartment right now so am doing what I can. When I move I will be giving some of these trees to my youngest son for his yard. Then maybe I can get a place with a yard where I can plant some. Can you post pictures of your trees?
• Adelaide, Australia
29 Apr 13
I have a tiny yard which is very overcrowded as I love planting things & watching them grow. I find organic certified has always been very reliable & other types don't usually work at all. I also have several date palms I've grown from seed from certified organic Californian dates. They're all under a foot high, but I'm happy they've come through at all. Unfortunately, I don't have a working digital camera nor mobile phone nor any other i-thingy's, but you're welcome to come over & take a look!
• Australia
30 Apr 13
Veganbliss do tell me how to grow avocados! I always thought the trees take about 10 years to bear fruit.
@owlwings (44162)
• Cambridge, England
29 Apr 13
The Grapefruit is actually a hybrid between two completely different species (if I remember correctly it is a cross between a pomello, Citrus maxima, and a sweet orange Citrus sinensis). The plants which grow from your seeds, therefore, are unlikely to produce anything like the fruit which they came from (they COULD produce something totally new which will turn out to take the world by storm but it's much more likely that, if they do ever produce fruit, it won't be worth anything much!) Take heart from the fact that MANY of the fruit we cherish were the results of something that just 'happened' in the back gardens of people just like you. Any apple which is called a 'pippin' (such as Cox's Orange Pippin) was grown from a seed (or pip) which, by accident, produced a new variety of apple. One of the most sought-after varieties of avocado, the Hass avocado, was bred from seed by a postman named Rudolf Hass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hass_avocado Who knows if we shall not see a new variety of grapefruit called the "Velvet"!
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Apr 13
You have now given me a lot of food for thought. No pun meant. What you have shared with me is very interesting and helpful. This sounds confusing and complex but when I read it a second time it made sense. Believe me, I do appreciate you taking the time to share this. I am now looking at my attempt to grow these trees to turn into an adventure. Who knows, maybe some day I will send you a grapefruit called velvet.
@Shellyann36 (11477)
• United States
30 Apr 13
Wow owlwings that is great information. I had no idea about this. Hubby loves to try to grow fruit from seeds that we have. Great info!
@lelin1123 (15629)
• Puerto Rico
29 Apr 13
I love to plant myself. My husband and I have planted so much stuff in our yard its crazy. We have two lemon trees, two orange tree and two grapefruit trees however none have bloom yet. We have two mango trees, five avocado trees. We also have a number of plaintain trees, along with bananas and green bananas. We have tomatoes, green peppers. We also have basil, rosemary and cilantro and an aloe tree. Oh we also have breadfruit and starfruit. I love living off the land there is nothing better then eating organic. Everything taste 100 percent better then store brought. We get grapefruits from my husbands cousins house and they are so delicious. I hope your grapefruit trees flourish and you enjoy them.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
Your place sounds so heavenly. I would love to have a yard full of all those goodies. This is the first time I have tried my luck with growing trees. I have had vegetable gardens in the past and love the fresh vegetables we got. I sure miss having a garden but that will be changing. Right now everything is in my apartment but this summer I am moving close by my youngest son. He always puts in a garden and I get to work in it with them. One of the grapefruit trees is for him and he is real excited about it. I want to try a mango tree some day too.
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@lelin1123 (15629)
• Puerto Rico
29 Apr 13
You have to try a mango tree. They are the best ever. I make smoothies with them or just eat them like that. Its the best. I wish you luck in planting and enjoying the fruits of your labor. There is nothing better then eating food from your yard.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 May 13
I plan to get a mango when I go to the store this weekend. I want that seed :) I love to grow things and am so looking forward to moving. My youngest son has already tilled his garden. I will hav so much fun helping them and then getting to can again.
@cynthiann (18609)
• Jamaica
29 Apr 13
My garden had around a dozen orange trees and half dozen grapefruit trees. There was an old custom that used to be carried out around the grapefruit tree that was closest the house. Ashes - coal and wood dust - were scattered befor ethe tree blossomed or when it blossomed to ensure that the grapefruits were sweet. It worked too. Actually not so stupid as there waqs something in the ashes that provided nutrients to the tree. And boy, were they big and sweet. The best of luck with the plants. If they were planted where there was some shade then this may help. They could be planted in plastic bags or pots under they reached a decent size. Best of luck
@cynthiann (18609)
• Jamaica
29 Apr 13
Not my current garden but the garden on the farm where I lived for 30 years
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
That sounds so wonderful. I will remember about the ashes and shade. I hope they do well. Over where I am moving there are all kinds of peach orchards. I think if peaches will survive so will these. I am having so much fun with these. I have had a couple of people want to buy my grapefruit trees.
@Kathy1981 (157)
• United States
30 Apr 13
That is great that you can plant things and watch the stuff grew. I own a condo and I do not have any room to plant anything. We do live on the bottom floor and have a small fenced yard for our three children to play in. I am going to get the tomato plant that you can hang up and see if that grows this summer. I hope you are able to grew lots of things this summer.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Apr 13
Thanks, Kathy. I keep forgetting about the hanging vegetable plants. I should get a tomato and pepper one. I don't have a place for a garden outside as our yard is all rocks. But I won't be here this summer and will be helping my son in hes garden.
@Shellyann36 (11477)
• United States
30 Apr 13
I think it is great that you have such a green thumb! I go through phases and sometimes I can work wonders and sometime I could almost kill a cactus! Hugs to you!
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Apr 13
Don't tell anyone but I have killed cactus. I have a habit of over watering them. I am having so much fun with my plants. I sold three of them the other day. I did get some oranges today and I hope that they have seeds in them. I may not get fruit but I will have some neat trees. Hugs back to you!
• India
29 Apr 13
oh....realy,i love the plant too.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Apr 13
It is a neat plant and I want to keep trying different things with it, I have received some valuable information since I wrote this post. I plan to have some fun ithem.
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• Canada
29 Apr 13
Ah this is very cool. All the best with growing your fruit trees. I used to go to a cottage that my grandparents had owned and there was a peach tree growing in the backyard. It was always fun to harvest several of the peaches every year when I was there and then turn them into a nice peach pie later that night. A lot of nice memories can be derived from things like a simple fruit tree, growing in its natural environment and bearing fruit for the ones who have access to it.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
30 Apr 13
I so agree. I remember going to my aunt and uncles and picking apples. There were so many goodies that we made from them. I used to have crab apple trees where I used to live and my sons and I made a lot from the apples. Great memories for sure.
@marguicha (182718)
• Chile
29 Apr 13
I`m sure that you are having a lot of fun as this is one of the things that I do to have fun. I have some chrisantemus cuttings I stole from my mom`s garden. I don`t know the color. It might even be the same colors I have as she also steals from my house
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
Cool. I remember when my mom and I used to swap clippings via the postal service. We always had the same plants. My sisters finally joined in but after mom passed it all ended.
@barehugs (8980)
• Canada
29 Apr 13
Grapefruit ready to eat - These grapefruit are big, juicy, Rio Reds. They are ready to eat in the fall and winter, and by March when the last are being picked, the tree is covered with white blossoms which will be the harvest,for next season.
It is possible to grow a Grapefruit tree from a seed, and would be fun doing it, but if you want to eat Grapefruit from your tree I'd advise buying a grafted specimen from a greenhouse.The only way to get a fruit tree that is true to the species is to graft a true specimen into a root-stalk. I Planted a grafted Ruby Red Grapefruit tree by my mobile at Alamo Palms RV Resort in Alamo Texas in Dec 2004 and today it is taller than the house and yields enough fruit each season to supply 2 people for 5 months. The grafted tree was just over 12 inches tall when it was planted.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
This is good to know. So the ones I have now will only be good for decoration, right? I do want some that will give me grapefruits so I need to start looking and find the type you mentioned. I really appreciate you sharing this.
@mariaperalta (19079)
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
Thats great, I used to do that with a few kinds of fruits in vegas. But after 3-4 months they would die from the heat. Good luck with yours there.
@velvet53 (21610)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Apr 13
Thanks maria. I just hope it isn't too hot in Grand Junction but I don't think it will be. How was your day? I was wondering where you were and figured you were out having some fun.
@roshigo58 (4862)
• Pune, India
3 May 13
hi, Planting trees and watching them growing have really a fun. Sowing seeds and watching their growth from the beginning is very interesting thing. We don't have garden so we can not enjoy planting trees.