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    Citrus paradisi 'Rio Red'

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    Rio Red Grapefruit Tree (7863713267967)
    Rio Red Grapefruit Tree (7863713267967)

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    Rio Red Grapefruit Tree

    Rio Red Grapefruit Tree

    Citrus paradisi 'Rio Red'

    Regular price $84.95 (No sales tax!)
    Regular price Sale price $84.95
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    Mature height
    10-15 ft. (Semi-Dwarf); 15-20 ft. (Standard)
    Mature Width
    15-20 ft.
    Sun exposure
    Full Sun
    Growth Rate
    Grows Well in Zones
    9, 10, 11
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    Rio Red Grapefruit Tree is popular for both its beauty in the landscape and flavor in the kitchen. The grapefruits from the Rio Red variety are prized for their size, sweetness, and juiciness. The large fruits have a blushing pink rind and beautiful dark pink flesh.

    The delicately tart flavor of Rio Red Grapefruit is a favorite of home gardeners in hot inland climates where high heat is required for the best flavor and color. The tasty fruit of Rio Red is great for juicing, cocktails, or fresh eating.

    Rio Red Grapefruit is a large, vigorous self-fruitful tree that is an excellent selection for California's hotter inland gardens and requires little maintenance. The evergreen, glossy green leaves create a lush green canopy that is perfect for a summer picnic under some shade.

    Semi-Dwarf vs. Standard citrus trees:
    The difference between a semi-dwarf tree and a standard tree is the mature height. Semi-dwarf citrus trees are smaller and grow to approximately two-thirds the size of a standard tree form. Depending on the position of the lower branches on the trunk, a semi-dwarf citrus can look like a bush with a short trunk, or a tree with a trunk.

    The mature height of a Rio Red Grapefruit tree based on average growing conditions:
    Semi-Dwarf tree: 10-15 ft. tall.
    Standard tree: 15-20 ft. tall.
    In containers, the Rio Red Grapefruit tree will be smaller and can easily be pruned to maintain a desired size.

    The mature height and fruit production of your citrus tree will depend on several environmental factors such as climate, light, soil type, texture, fertility and moisture, and pruning practices. Your citrus tree can easily be maintained at a smaller size with annual pruning.

    Plant Care

    The Rio Red Grapefruit Tree needs full sun, moist and aerated soil. Fast drainage for this citrus is essential.  Water your grapefruit tree regularly and consistently the first year for deep roots.  Reduce frequency after the plant is established but water deeply.  In spring, feed your Rio Red Grapefruit Tree with Gardner & Bloome 8-4-2 Organic Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer.  During the spring months you can prune erratic growth or shape as desired.

    The Rio Red Grapefruit Tree is easy to grow in the garden. Plant your grapefruit in a location that is wind-free, frost-free, and will receive at least 8 hours of full sun in a well draining soil that is porous and aerated.  You may need to add soil amendments like Gardner & Bloome Organics Planting Mix Premium Garden Soil or Kellogg Garden Organics Gromulch 2-in-1 Planting Mix & Mulch to improve drainage if your soil is a heavy clay. Protect your citrus tree from frost with the use of frost cloth when temperatures drop, or plant in a sheltered location close to a house or structure.

    Water your Rio Red Grapefruit regularly and consistently the first year to develop deep roots. As the roots become established in the ground you may reduce the frequency.  Avoid standing water and keep away from shallow frequent watering. In the ground, citrus prefer deep watering less frequently. So many factors will determine how often to water such as temperature, soil porosity, wind, and tree size. Fertilize with Gardner & Bloome 8-4-2 Organic Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer in spring.

     Pruning is an essential investment for your Rio Red Grapefruit and has several benefits such as promoting new growth, improving air circulation, and increased fruit production. During the spring months, prune erratic growth, damaged branches, or shape as desired.  All citrus trees are grafted and any new growth that appears below the graft union (generally 4-8 inches from the soil) should be removed immediately with clean, sharp pruners. These vigorous branches or “suckers” are from the root stock and rob energy from the fruiting wood.  To prevent damage or disease to your citrus tree, use pruners that are clean and sharp.

    Mulching can help conserve ground moisture and help suppress weed growth. Apply a layer of mulch that is 2 or 3 inches deep and keep mulch away from the base of the trunk (at least 6 inches) to avoid disease or rot.

    Delivery details

    Flat Rate
    All orders have a flat rate delivery fee of $40.

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    Q: What is the ideal climate for growing Rio Red grapefruit trees?
    A: Rio Red is hardy to 28°F and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. It performs best in hot inland climates where the hot temperatures give Rio Red its best flavor and color. Not recommended for cooler, coastal gardens.

    Q: Can Rio Red grapefruit trees be grown in containers?
    A: Yes, you can grow Rio Red grapefruit in containers but it is best to plant the semi-dwarf tree that will not grow as large as the standard tree form. It will need to be repotted as it grows, and will require more frequent watering and fertilization compared to one planted in the ground.

    Q: How do I know when my Rio Red grapefruit is ripe?
    A: In California, the fruit is typically ready for harvest in winter. Rio Red grapefruit is ripe when it is fully colored, heavy for its size, and has a sweet smell.

    Q: How long can a Rio Red grapefruit tree live?
    A: Rio Red grapefruit trees can live up to 30 years with proper care.

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