Pomelo tree growing tree of the genus citrus also known as Honey Pomelo or Citrus maxima, Pomelo tree grow as perennial evergreen plant, used for edible fruits also possible to grow as bonsai, can grow in tropical, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+
Leaves color is green the shape it’s like two connected leaves one close to the stem and the other connected to the first leaf, the second leaf elliptic with pointed top, the leaf that connected to the stem mostly small but can be in the same size, the shape can be from elliptic to heart shape.
Flowers are white with yellow stamen, size of the 1-3 cm (0.75- 1.2 inch).
Fruit color can be: white, yellow, pink, the inner fruit divided by segments, the segment cover with layer, it containing the mild pulp (little cones covered with a thinner layer), Pomelo fruit can be sweet, sour or something in between, peel color can be: green, yellow or pink, the peel is edible but sometimes little bitter also used as flavor and fragrant, size of the fruit ~10-28 cm.
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Requirements for Pomelo tree growing and care:
Better frost free but survive light frost, loamy soil, organic matter, for young trees put mulch to keep the humidity, if the trunk expose to full sun better to whitewash (lime paint)
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Air layer
Is it necessary to graft?
Yes, can choose the cultivars that fit, juicy or dry, sweet, sour or something in between, without thorns, more than one cultivar, red or white fruits, and more than one cultivar or even more than one citrus species
Difficulties/Problems with growing Pomelo plant:
When the tree young very sensitive to citrus leaf miner, some cultivars with thorns.
Spring / Autumn, possible all the year, hardiness zone 10a spring, hardiness zone 10b possible all the year but better in autumn or spring, hardiness zone 11a+ if summer too much hot better not in summer
Pests and diseases:
Citrus leaf miner, aphids, citrus foot rot, ant, citrus gummosis
End of the winter beginning of the spring (after the fruits)
How to prune:
Dead branch, cross branch, density branch growth – when the tree grow in high density it’s prevent
Size of the plant:
Height 3-7 m, 10-21 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Pummelo requirements for Irrigation and Water Management:
Average amount of water to big amount of water with good drainage, need to increase the amount of water in the fruits season especially when the fruit become bigger if there are rains need to check that it’s enough, if not the fruit will be dry or crack hole.
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing Pomelo plant:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
When does Honey Pomelo tree bloom?
General information about Pummelo flower:
Flowers are white with yellow stamen
Thinning / Deadheading the Blossom:
In the first years should thinning the flowers
Pollination is done by:
Pomelo fruit season:
Autumn / Winter
Pests or diseases in Pomelo fruit:
Citrus stubborn disease, citrus black spot, alternaria
What uses can be with big quantities of Pummelo fruit?
Eat, juice, the rind used fragrant, fruit leather, sugary rind, jam
Work requirements on the Pummelo greapefruit fruit:
Pick up (sometimes cut branches that grow into the fruit)
How long does it take to bear Pomelo fruit?
Ripening of Jabong fruit
Possible to pick up the fruit before and let them ripening them in the house
How to grow pomelo from seeds
Moist soil, hot weather
Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry, dark location in room temperature
Spring (possible in the autumn)
Better in separate pots
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Don’t let it dry, rich soil and sunny location
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
If there is Citrus leaf miner in one of the trees in the area better to put it in greenhouse or indoor
Alternative names: Pomela, Honey Pomelo, Pomelo grapefruit, Pummelo, Jabong tree, Shaddock, Pommelo, Pumelo, Citrus grandis