Recommended with Rio Red Grapefruit Tree
- Product Description
- Planting & Care
- Shipping Info
Rio Red Grapefruit Tree – Citrus paradisi ‘Rio Red’
Rio Red grapefruit trees bear medium-large nearly seedless fruit. It is another of the deep pink family related to Ruby Red grapefruit, originating from Texas in 1984. Increasing in popularity, Rio Red grapefruit is sweeter than Ruby Red grapefruit. Excellent for juicing or eating fresh. The round fruit have an overall reddish tinge on the outside, and the inside has a halo of light around the dark inside when viewed in cross-section, beautiful! Tree is hardy and vigorous. Fruit ripens December to May.
|Grafted||Yes, Trifoliate or Sour Orange Rootstook|
|Growing Zone||8B, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B|
|Sunlight||Part to Full|
Fruitscaping with Citrus Trees
There is something special about citrus. Beautiful, evergreen plants with lush bright green foliage and heavenly fragrant blooms. Tuck them around your windows so you can enjoy their sweet fragrance in the house. The Kumquats, Lemons, Limequats and Chinotto Orange grow densely and can be sheared into any shape or form. Use them for hedges or foundation plantings around the house or line pathways with them. Espalier them against a sunny wall. Oranges and grapefruit will grow larger so are best trained into small round trees. Making them excellent specimen trees.
- Starter Fertilizer: Plant with Espoma Organic Bio-tone® Starter Plus. This will increase root mass and help avoid transplant loss in difficult planting conditions.
- Fertilizer to Maintain: Our varieties of Citrus Trees work great with Espoma Organic Citrus-tone Fertilizer.
Additional Information on Citrus Trees
Cold Hardy Citrus: Most people lose their citrus trees in the first or second year of the tree’s life. It pays to protect these small trees during 25 degrees F or lower freezes. Here are some things to remember:
- Cover completely with a two-layer combination of a blanket and then plastic. Uncover the next day as it warms up.
- Once established, citrus trees can tolerate lower temperatures and recover more quickly from freezes.
- Keep your tree dormant. Never fertilize after July as this promotes late, tender growth that is susceptible to freeze damage.
- Choose a micro-climate. Find an area that’s sheltered from northern winds for the more tender citrus varieties.
Container Citrus: For areas where winter temperatures drop too low for growing citrus outside, try growing your citrus in containers. Some of the more unique varieties like blood oranges, key limes, and citron can only be grown in containers north of the tropics. It’s the sure way to enjoy this fruit as well as giving you the ultimate access to the wide world of citrus varieties. Citrus trees are the perfect container tree. Their fibrous root system adapts well to a lifetime in a pot and their evergreen foliage and colorful fruits are the perfect accent to a patio or atrium setting. Every few years you should trim the outside of the root-ball about 1-2 inches, add fresh potting soil, and reset in your container.
We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants outside of the United States, or to the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, citrus trees cannot be shipped outside of the state of Florida.
Unpacking Your Plants Guide: Prior to receiving our plants, please click this link to read our Unpacking Your Plants Guide to get to know the steps to keeping your plant healthy after receiving it.
We do NOT ship bare root: Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit. It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!
Why do we not offer free shipping? At Just Fruits, we price all of our plants online exactly as we do in the nursery. Therefore, the shipping cost is simply what it costs for us to get your order from the nursery to you. Many competitors may increase the plants’ prices in order to hide shipping costs… we do not do that. We want our customers to see exactly what the plant costs are, separate from what the shipping costs are. That way if you decided to come visit the nursery to pick up your plants instead, you would know how much you save in shipping.
Weather Watching: We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until it’s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.