The Wheeny Grapefruit tree is a large, vigorous evergreen with glossy, dark green leaves and fragrant, creamy-white blossoms producing a large juicy, thick-skinned, sour fruit in late winter. The fruit is big with a light, straw-coloured flesh, many seeds and a distinct lemon flavour. The fruit will stay on the tree through spring and summer in cooler areas. The Wheeny is the best grapefruit for cooler climates as it can tolerate cooler temperatures more than other grapefruits. The fruit has a mild flavour and is highly nutritious, rich in vitamin C, refreshing and excellent for juicing, breakfast and marmalades.
- Protect from strong winds especially during flowering or while fruit is forming.
|Size — 165mm|
|Growth Width — 4m|
|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.