Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
89,878
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
I have a navel orange tree next to what used to be my pond, but which is now a big empty hole in the earth. I've been neglecting the tree and not watering as much as it needed, so, while the volume of fruit is ok, the size of the oranges is quite small. I ate one yesterday and it tastes pretty good, just small for it's kind.

Ever since the tree bloomed last spring there was a sucker branch coming off the root portion of the tree that I ignored. Later in its life it developed fruit, and that fruit appeared to be grapefruit. While my oranges were quite small for their variety, the sucker grapefruit are huge!

orange a.jpg

I'm not a grapefruit fan, but I thought I'd give it a taste:

orange b.jpg

LOL!!! I guess it would be ok if one enjoyed eating rind! The rind is an inch and a quarter thick! The fruit part doesn't look very appetizing. There are still four more on that limb!
 

Big Charlie

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2015
Messages
2,782
Location (City and/or State)
California
I have a navel orange tree next to what used to be my pond, but which is now a big empty hole in the earth. I've been neglecting the tree and not watering as much as it needed, so, while the volume of fruit is ok, the size of the oranges is quite small. I ate one yesterday and it tastes pretty good, just small for it's kind.

Ever since the tree bloomed last spring there was a sucker branch coming off the root portion of the tree that I ignored. Later in its life it developed fruit, and that fruit appeared to be grapefruit. While my oranges were quite small for their variety, the sucker grapefruit are huge!

View attachment 337362

I'm not a grapefruit fan, but I thought I'd give it a taste:

View attachment 337363

LOL!!! I guess it would be ok if one enjoyed eating rind! The rind is an inch and a quarter thick! The fruit part doesn't look very appetizing. There are still four more on that limb!
I love white grapefruit. They are really hard to find. Every year we have to find someone with an orchard to buy from as they don't have them in the stores and hardly ever at the fruit stands. Then we have to buy a case so we are eating them like crazy to get through them before they go bad. That doesn't look too appetizing.

We used to have a nectarine tree. We let it get too big, then the fruit was so heavy, it broke the main branch. After that, all we got was the root stock fruit, which was horrible.

Our orange tree is a dwarf. We are lucky to get 10 oranges a year off it. They are excellent.
 

Oxalis

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jan 5, 2013
Messages
2,981
Location (City and/or State)
Michigan
I have a navel orange tree next to what used to be my pond, but which is now a big empty hole in the earth. I've been neglecting the tree and not watering as much as it needed, so, while the volume of fruit is ok, the size of the oranges is quite small. I ate one yesterday and it tastes pretty good, just small for it's kind.

Ever since the tree bloomed last spring there was a sucker branch coming off the root portion of the tree that I ignored. Later in its life it developed fruit, and that fruit appeared to be grapefruit. While my oranges were quite small for their variety, the sucker grapefruit are huge!

View attachment 337362

I'm not a grapefruit fan, but I thought I'd give it a taste:

View attachment 337363

LOL!!! I guess it would be ok if one enjoyed eating rind! The rind is an inch and a quarter thick! The fruit part doesn't look very appetizing. There are still four more on that limb!
I love white grapefruit. They are really hard to find. Every year we have to find someone with an orchard to buy from as they don't have them in the stores and hardly ever at the fruit stands. Then we have to buy a case so we are eating them like crazy to get through them before they go bad. That doesn't look too appetizing.

We used to have a nectarine tree. We let it get too big, then the fruit was so heavy, it broke the main branch. After that, all we got was the root stock fruit, which was horrible.

Our orange tree is a dwarf. We are lucky to get 10 oranges a year off it. They are excellent.
My immediate thought was that the orange tree was grafted on. I had no idea what a white grapefruit was; thanks for sharing! :cool:
 

Big Charlie

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jul 28, 2015
Messages
2,782
Location (City and/or State)
California
My immediate thought was that the orange tree was grafted on. I had no idea what a white grapefruit was; thanks for sharing! :cool:
I think white and yellow grapefruit were the original varieties. Pink and red grapefruit were created later, in an attempt to make them sweeter. In my opinion, they ruined the flavor by doing this. I can put sugar on my white or yellow grapefruit to make it delicious. If you can find it, Oro Blanco is a cross between a white grapefruit and a pomelo.
 
Top