The Rio Red Grapefruit is an evergreen, vigorous tree from Texas producing a pleasant tasting fruit low in acid with a bright red, juicy flesh that has few seeds. The fruit is covered in a yellow skin with a pink blush that’s more cold-hardy than other varieties, so it’s popular with the home gardener. The plant produces abundant crops of fruit that hold onto the tree for a long time making them sweeter and perfect eaten fresh or for juicing. The fruit has a sweet flavour is highly nutritious, rich in vitamin C, refreshing and is an excellent choice for a healthy breakfast or to make jams, marmalades or preserves.
|Size — 165mm|
|Growth Height — 8m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.