Grapefruit belongs to the ruta family. It is characteristic of South, as well as East Asia.
This plant is characterized by a long life span. In addition to grapefruit, you can safely put a condition that it will please its owners with evergreen foliage. The beauty of flowering and a strong pleasant aroma are no longer discussed, because these positive qualities of grapefruit are well known.
That is what a grapefruit looks like, we know, but what is the plant that gives us these juicy fruits?
Let's try to answer this question with you.
Appearance of grapefruit
A grapefruit, when planted at home as a houseplant, can grow only up to one and a half or two meters. Thus, we get a small tree.
- The leaves of grapefruit are very beautiful, glossy and smooth to the touch. They are presented in the form of an oval and grow on large cuttings.
- During the flowering period you can observe the appearance of large, voluminous white with a pinkish tinge of flowers. They can be placed singly or be assembled into neat brushes.
- The aroma of grapefruit flowers is not transferable. He is very strong. Accordingly, allergy sufferers should refrain from such plantings, and those who are perfectly tolerant of citrus smells and their flowering can be envied, so they will fully enjoy the incense created in the process of flowering of grapefruit.
- The fruits of grapefruit are known to us. They are large, in weight can reach three hundred - four hundred grams, with a thick skin up to one and a half centimeters in thickness.
- The flesh of the fruit is very juicy and tasty. She slightly bitter.
- Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and trace elements, its use for our body can hardly be overestimated. Most of all in grapefruit vitamin C, as well as in other citrus crops.
For home planting plant fits perfectly. You can even grow it from a bone, and anyway, grapefruit will reward you for your care work and for waiting, fragrant fruits with pink skin.
You can plant grapefruit in neat tubs for single plantings, but if you decide to plant the plants in groups, then wooden boxes are perfect for you.
Grapefruit looks great in adulthood when placed on the floor in the corner of the room. For small copies, you can use small coasters.
For planting, wide, fairly capacious tubs are used, into which drainage from gravel, river pebbles or small stones is placed first, and only then the ground for planting.
The drainage layer should be at least five, or even all eight centimeters.
You can easily buy land in specialized flower shops. For all citrus, the soil composition is similar.
However, it is much nicer to do everything on your own, including preparing the ground for planting a grapefruit.
How is this possible?
Everything is quite simple. Take the turf and leaf soil, sand, peat and humus. All components are taken in equal proportions except the sod land, it needs two times more than others. Mix everything, here's a great soil mix.
Now you can plant the plants.
For planting use bones or cuttings. It is possible to purchase young and grown trees, and at home transplant them into a prepared land substrate.
After planting, pour your grapefruit copiously.
If you decide to grow any citrus plant, then much attention should be paid to sanctification. This is especially true in winter, when the length of daylight hours is sharply reduced.
In winter, use artificial lights, just choose those that are strong in power. After all, in dim light, your planting will reach for the source of sanctification, which will inevitably lead to the curvature of the plant.
An interesting fact is that grapefruit plantings do not like sudden movements. If you sat down, even slightly turn the tub, without moving it around the apartment, the result may be fallen leaves, so that there leaves, buds and flowers, too, showered.
Two-meter grapefruit will be obtained only from those who will carefully, carefully and methodically carry out planting care.
Watering grapefruit must be wisely. It does not require a lot of water, therefore, watering should be moderate. It is best to perform this procedure once every ten to twelve days.
If we are talking about hot summer days, then watering, of course, should be carried out more often. In winter, sharply reduce the water level entering the soil. This is very important for creating a plant rest period.
Watering is made only by pre-settled warm water. It is not bad to use snow or rain water heated to room temperature for this purpose, since tap water is treated with chlorine and its use may adversely affect the plant.
On other days it is better to wipe the foliage more often with a damp sponge or cloth.
Excellent plant will react to spraying. A small shower in the mornings and evenings is the guarantee of health, which means that the grapefruit plantations are in good health.
Temperature control in apartment conditions is not difficult to maintain. Accordingly, you can easily provide the plant plus nineteen - plus twenty three degrees.
Humidity will need high, so in addition to spraying you will help basins filled with water, which will actively evaporate. But this is only for late spring and summer. At other times, additional moistening is achieved only with the help of a spray gun.
The plant will require you and transplant. This procedure is important for updating the composition of the soil and expanding the capacity used for planting, because your grapefruit every year more and more.
Transplant carefully. Do not damage the root system of the plant.
It would be nice from time to time to burst the ground in the tub. But do it carefully and not too deep, a maximum of five - seven centimeters.
Loosening will allow grapefruit planting what is called "take a deep breath".