Indoor Grapefruit Trees

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying a grapefruit freshly picked from a tree in Florida, you’ll know what a treat it is.

Now you’ve got the same opportunity at home with an indoor grapefruit tree. This prolific little tree is ideal for indoor growing and can easily be kept to 5-6 feet tall with minimal pruning.

Indoor grapefruit tree

This indoor tree is the Oro Blanco Grapefruit, and it yields sweet, juicy fruit that’s nearly seedless. The tree yields most of its fruit in the colder months, and that’s ideal because that’s when citrus in the store is most expensive. Better still, the fruit from the indoor grapefruit tree is ultra fresh and tastes significantly better than anything you can buy in the store.

These smaller trees, most commonly known as dwarf citrus trees, are popular with home growers because, frankly, they’re a lot more manageable. When planted in a large container, they usually won’t grow taller than ten feet. If your indoor space requires them to be shorter, a little pruning will do the trick.

This is another tree that will appreciate some time outdoors in the warmer months. A good greenhouse is just as efficient. Outdoor environments are or at least tend to be more humid than indoors, and humidity helps grapefruit trees thrive. We recommend you keep this tree outdoors, whether on a sunny patio or balcony, for the warmer months in your area. They should come inside when temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees. To be 100% safe, don’t expose them to below freezing temperatures at all.

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This tree is very easy to care for and has very few if any pest problems. It likes a lot of sun, like most indoor citrus plants, but tends to be more drought tolerant than most. Watering once per week is generally plenty. They don’t like to sit in puddles, so be careful not to over water. The soil should be just slightly moist once you’re done watering. The tree is also self pollinating.

To test whether your tree needs to be watered, just stick your index finger into the soil near the trunk. If you stick your index finger all the way in and it comes out completely dry, it’s time to water. If your finger is damp, wait another day or two. Before long you’ll be able to determine exactly how often you need to water.

Other than ample sunlight and a consistent watering schedule, the other care recommendation we have is a dose of citrus tree fertilizer in the mid summer to stimulate growth.

We have a friend who owns one of these trees and loves it! He has commented to us that his tree yields the sweetest grapefruit he’s ever tasted!

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