Fruit in Focus | Ruby Grapefruit

February 10, 2020

Ruby Grapefruit grows in all Australian climates and on your Fruit Salad Tree!

Fruit in Focus: Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit

We have so many lovely citrus varieties that you can choose from on our multi-grafted fruit trees; we thought we'd better introduce them all.

The Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit is a medium-large citrus fruit variety with thin yellow skin that has a pink blush. It has beautiful red flesh that is sweet and tangy.

Ruby Grapefruits are full of beneficial goodness for your body; they are highly nutritious and of course are loaded with Vitamin C. Home cooks love Ruby Grapefruits home cook because they add flavour to your salads, jams and desserts. Try one fresh for breakfast for the ultimately healthy start to your day!

Notes: The fruit turns from green to yellow and gets a sweet pink blush when the fruit ripens.

Fruit characteristics: Beautiful red juicy flesh that is low in acid.

Blossoms: White

Pollination Information: Ruby Grapefruits are self-fertile. However, adding additional orange varieties will increase the size of your crop.

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted citrus Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2 metres.

Fruiting Season: June - September

Preferred Climate: Subtropical, Warm temperate but will grow in most regions of Australia with proper care.

How to grow Citrus

Location: at least 6 hours of full sun (morning sun is best), protected from the wind, and when in a warm climate do not locate your fruit trees too close to fencing that retains heat (eg colorbond). Potted plants do enjoy a daily misting for humidity as will placing a tray with rocks filled with water under the plant as the water evaporates.

Soil: Well drained loamy soil with a pH around 6.0 - 7.0. Adding lime to your soil will increase your pH and sulphur will lower it. 

Fertilisation: Add some old compost or manure to your soil as citrus trees grow well in nitrogen rich soils. You can also consider adding a slow release fertiliser with trace elements (when grown in pots you may need to fertilise more regularly). Always follow the directions on the container.

Pruning: Remember to balance your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Citrus Tree every 2-3 weeks during the growing phase of Spring and Summer and as the weather cools, once a month for best results!

Frost: At maturity your Fruit Salad Tree will be able to grow in temperatures of -8C. Note: While a citrus tree is young it is advisable to look at frost preventative measures.

Watering in pots: Keep the soil moist but not wet! If growing in a pot don’t sit it in water - citrus hate wet feet, but love drained soil, so ensure that there is a chance for good drainage.

Watering in the ground: Over Winter, aim to keep the soil moist, and over Summer, try to give it a good deep water every week or so, depending on your area, so that the water reaches the deeper roots and doesn't pool at the top layers of soil.

More tree care tips

For further tips on growing your multi-grafted Fruit Salad Tree look at balancing your Fruit Salad Tree, planting your tree in a pot, planting your tree in the ground, find out what causes citrus leaves to turn yellow, and what causes citrus leaves to curl.

Check out our comprehensive Pest + Disease Guide for clues on what might be hindering the growth of your Fruit Salad Tree.

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