VER­SA­TILE AND HEALTHY FRUIT

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Grapefruit (cit­rus x par­a­disi) can be used in lots of de­li­cious ways, in­clud­ing sal­ads, seafood dishes, cor­dials, cock­tails and pre­serves. Grapefruit are a tangy, rich source of vi­ta­mins C and A as well as be­ing low in calo­ries. They are at­trac­tive ev­er­green trees and there are dif­fer­ent varieties of grapefruit avail­able, in­clud­ing pink, red and the more com­mon yel­low. If you have a sweet tooth, the red and pink varieties can be a bit sweeter. Fruit are usu­ally ready to pick in win­ter and early spring. Grapefruit trees grow to about 4m tall. For smaller gar­dens and pots, grafted dwarf grapefruit only reach 1–2m tall. Early au­tumn is ideal to plant a new grapefruit. The air tem­per­a­tures are start­ing to cool but soil is warm enough to en­cour­age roots to grow so the tree can start to es­tab­lish be­fore win­ter. Choose a spot with well-drained soil that re­ceives at least six hours of sun­shine a day and en­rich the soil with blood and bone. For pot­ted cit­rus, choose a pot with good drainage holes (a 40–50 cm pot is ideal) and fill with a good qual­ity pot­ting mix.

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