have a grapefruit tree which has sweet tasting fruit but has one
problem. The flesh is very dry, which is disappointing when one
is looking forward to a juicy meal. The leaves on the tree are a
dark green, so it doesn't look like it needs feeding. We have mulch
underneath, which I would think keeps the moisture around the roots.
Could you offer us a solution to our problem? Thanks for your help.
trees are very heavy feeders. Feed your tree in August, November
and again in February. Trees over ten years old need at least two
kilograms of balanced citrus fertiliser per year. Keep your tree
well watered in the summer and autumn and hopefully your grapefuit
harvests will soon be sweet and juicy. If not, you may simply have
a poor performing variety, so cut your losses and plant a new tree
in a different position.
Gardener, Issue 99, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.