Seed Swaps

Grapefruit: 374 Days

03 Jun 2012
Rainy 11°C / 52°F

I’m astonished to see a flower on a yearling from a supermarket fruit pip. And it’s the best-smelling thing in the greenhouse (or outside) right now. Mmmmmm.

1: The journey over the past year.
2: My current bloom, the fragrance of which is just to die for.
3: The bloom and the entire plant carrying it, at about 18cm (7") tall.
4: The little seedling at 1 month old.
5: I grew quite a lot, and still have a few left, but most were “thinned out” due to neglect. ;)





Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Just a year? WOW! I’m still waiting for those Seville oranges to bloom and it has been years. I HAVE GOT TO TRY GRAPEFRUIT! How big is your tree? Bush?

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

Congratulations on getting it to grow from seed to flower in a little over one year! I have a Citrus seed growing in our kitchen but I don’t know what it is as I didn’t purposely plant the seed! I potted up some Wandering Jew cutting last year & put them on top of our fridge in the kitchen. After a few months I noticed one day there was something green growing in pot where no green should have been! I left it to grow, thinking it probably wouldn’t survive in the conditions in which I grow these plants, almost as dry as cacti! But survive it did – even after the other plants in the pot died after I accidently gave them more water than usual! This spring I emptied out the pot & put the seedling in another pot with better compost & put it in the kitchen windowsill where it is still happily growing!

Now that I think about it it is most likely a Lemon seedling. We never have Grapefruit in our house though during the winter we do have Clementines/Satsumas/Mandarins. This year we have had Oranges. I’ve been eating 1 a day for the past few months. I have a half Lemon squeezed in my morning tea ( I take black tea with Lemon & honey) & my wife has a half Lemon squeezed into the bottle of water she takes with her to work everyday.

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Amazing, thought they took years! Any special compost you used?

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

That is amazing. I have 2 plants grown from orange seeds, 6 years old and 4 ft high now and still no blooms.

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

Thank you, Motherhen. :)
orientallily, yes, just a year. It’s so strange. I encourage you to try grapefruit too, as of all the citrus I grew last year they were the strongest and fastest-growing plants. My plant is only 7 inches high and just beginning to branch.
Amarylis, thank you very much. Yes, citrus can handle a good deal of neglect from time to time. Good luck with your seedling, and I like the idea of the lemon squeezed into a water bottle, I’ll try that. :)
Thanks seeingreen, no just ordinary multi-purpose, probably some rubbish from Lidl or the ¬£shop. I also thought they took years…
Thank you anelson, I hope yours bloom soon. :)

Posted on 04 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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