If you can only grow one Citrus tree, Rio Red Grapefruit (Citrus x 'Rio Red') should be it! This huge, heat-loving ruby red Grapefruit variety with an amazing sweet taste that is almost addictive!
The juicy, sweet and tangy deep-red flesh is delicious! Eat it fresh for breakfast or as a dessert. Bake it in a tart. Toss it in a salad. Stir it in a sangria. Squeeze it for juice - you won't even need to add sugar. Rio Red is the gold standard in Pink Grapefruit!
Container-sized with little pruning and low maintenance, the Rio Red is perfect for smaller-sized yards or planters while the fruit grows full-sized gems!
The green fruit becomes pale yellow and the rind develops a pink blush when ripe in winter!
Originating in the Rio Grande Valley, this Citrus variety features beautiful dark-green, evergreen foliage and creates the perfect backdrop for the fragrant white blooms and winter's glowing orbs! Ornamental on their own, these are compact and vigorous trees for any home garden application!
The pretty trees are easy to care for and attractive in the landscape. These natural dwarfs fit into even the smallest garden. Growers in colder growing zones won't miss out either, simply bring your tree indoors gradually for the winter and set them back outside after any chance of frost in the summers!
Standout specimens or accent tree, these provide low privacy or shade around your landscape and garden beds with little work from you!
The bushy, evergreen growth makes for a dual-purpose hedge and screen with compact branching for privacy! The healthy fruit and fragrant blooms mean this tree has year-round appeal and interest!
Citrus fruit trees need full sun to have the most flowers and therefore the largest crop of fruit! Indoor growers may need grow lights to extend their sunlight hours.
Grapefruit also require very well-draining soil on the acidic side. Any medium with excellent drainage is best, preferring to dry out slightly between waterings. Citrus prefers low moisture environments.
Sitting in water will lead to root rot, so be sure your site doesn't pool after a heavy rain, and your containers and planters have excellent drainage holes.
Fertilize with an acid-loving plant fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Concentrate Fertilizer 3-4 times a year.
Keep your investment protected from cold drafts and sudden temperature or environmental changes, as this will result in leaf drop and stress. However, Rio Red is cold resistant while thriving in the heat.
The healthy three-year-old trees Nature Hills ships are garden ready. Producing fruit between 3 to 5 years of age, you won't be waiting long for your first crop!
You will have so much fruit you'll have a kitchen full and still be sharing it with family and friends. Rio Red Grapefruit is the tree to work into your garden this year! Order your own sweet Red Grapefruit trees from Nature Hills before they're gone!
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The red Grapefruits of Texas are big, just like everything else in Texas. The marketplace is big, too, red Grapefruits are the leading citrus crop grown in Texas. In fact, in 1993 Texas named the red Grapefruit as its official state fruit. Reds are climate proven in Texas, and the Rio Red is the best of the best.
John H. Shary is known as the 'Father of the Texas Citrus Industry'. Upon his arrival in Texas from Omaha, Nebraska, he was inspired by how well the white and pink varieties of Grapefruit grew in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Shary felt that there was a future in farming this special fruit, and in 1914 he cleared 16,000 acres and began planting white Grapefruit.
In 1920, Grapefruits began shipping commercially and around 1929, the productive orchards of the Rio Grande began to produce red sports on limbs of white and pink varieties.
The red blush on these odd outcroppings were noticeable. Upon cutting the fruit open, it was discovered that the interior flesh was red. Darker red selections were discovered until finally it was decided to market these unique fruits under one name. Hence, the Ruby Grapefruit brand was born.
Record winter freezes in 1949, 1951 and 1962 killed back most of the older white and pink selections. Red selections proved to be a bit more winter hardy, but not enough to avoid major damage in these recurring freezes.
The research to breed a hardier red variety took on a higher priority after the 1962 freeze. Dr. Richard A. Hensz of the Texas A&I Citrus Center, now part of Texas A&M, began working with the Brookhaven National Laboratories to stimulate the development of sports, a process done more randomly in nature.
In 1965, Dr. Hensz introduced the Star Ruby, which was of fine quality and fairly hardy. However, unfortunately it sets irregularly so the Star was not widely planted in commercial orchards.
Then in 1976, Dr. Hensz discovered the Rio Red limb sport growing on a tree produced from Ruby Red seed. It was released to commercial growers in 1984.
Rio Red has all the qualities that the growers are looking for, which include superior hardiness, great flavor with high sugar and deep red flesh. Rio Red Grapefruit also grows well on alkaline soils, a problem so common for Florida and Texas growers. Over time, the Rio Red Grapefruit has become the preferred red Grapefruit throughout the world in both the commercial and the home garden markets.
A fast grower, the Rio Red begins production almost immediately and should be pruned to keep it below 10 feet. Once established in suitable climate conditions the Rio Red can be picked almost year-round, often holding two crops on the tree at one time.
|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus x 'Rio Red'|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 Years|
|Pruning Time||After Fruiting|