grapefruit seeds

Grapefruit seeds

Press one grapefruit seed into the center of the pot. Push the seed into the soil so it is twice as deep as the seed is long. For example, if the seed is 1/4 inch long, plant the seed 1/2 inch deep.

Under ideal conditions the grapefruit seedling may flower and produce fruit in six to seven years.

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Place the covered pot in a brightly lit, warm location with a consistent temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Monitor the progress of the plant, adding water as necessary to keep the soil moist. Watch for the seed to sprout and leaves to form.

Fill a 4-inch pot three-fourths full with a rich potting mix that drains well.

Grapefruit trees grown from seed are susceptible to foot and root rot caused by the Phytophthora pathogen.

Grapefruit seeds

Grapefruit seed extract also contains naringenin, which acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

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Meredith Bull, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a private practice in Los Angeles. She helped co-author the first integrative geriatrics textbook, "Integrative Geriatric Medicine."

Grapefruit seeds

There’s only one secret to growing citrus from seed: Don’t let the seed dry out. Helpful, though not critical, would be to soak the seed for a couple of hours before planting it, to leach out any sprouting inhibitors that might be present. After all, the seeds don’t usually sprout inside the fruits, so something — perhaps an inhibitor — in or near the seeds must be preventing sprouting. Another possibility is that the seeds are held back by low oxygen levels within the fruit.

Seeds are easy

Growing an orange tree — or any citrus tree — from a seed is no more difficult than growing a bean plant from seed. In fact, tangerine seedlings have shared a pot with a houseplant near my rocking chair, evidently “planted” casually as someone ate the fruit while sitting in the chair. And it’s not unusual to find an overenthusiastic grapefruit seed sprouting while still inside the fruit.

But will it taste good?

A grapefruit and its seeds in New Paltz, N.Y. Citrus seeds are very easy to sprout and grow into beautiful houseplants — and perhaps yield delectable fruits. (Lee Reich) Photo Gallery