Grapefruits produce a 'true' seed. This means that the fruit you get from your new plant will most likely be the same as the one you ate. I know, some of you are saying, um.... duh. However, did you know that this is not true of apples and some other citrus fruits? For instance, if you bought a Gala apple and wanted to plant the seeds, your seeds would produce another kind of apple tree ~ there's no predicting what it would be and whether the fruit would be delicious or tart or completely disgusting. That could be a fun experiment all on it's own, though. Mystery apples! In order to grow your own Gala, you'd need to buy a tree that had been grafted from another Gala tree (this falls under advanced gardening in my book). Now that we have that little tidbit, back to the grapefruit instructions:
Step 1: Eat a grapefruit.
Step 2: Save the seeds and give them a good rinse.
Step 3: Wrap them in a moist paper towel and then place in a plastic bag to retain moisture. Keep in the house, not outside in the cold. Grapefruit are tropical plants, they need warmth.
Step 4: Check every few days to make sure you aren't growing any mold. Change the paper towel out as needed. Be sure to keep it moist.
|Date on the bag is date that we started soaking the seeds|
Step 5: Somewhere between 14 - 30 days, germination happens ------->
Can we just stop right here and admire how cool this is? This is life! From seeds that I normally would have tossed in the trash. This is amazing, isn't it?
|1 Month after eating a grapefruit, we have our little plants|
When we planted, I didn't expect all of them would take off so well. I expected to have maybe one make it, but so far, all 5 are growing. I didn't realize that grapefruit trees have thorns! So far, they don't have any, but as they grow, we'll have to be careful with them.
Have you planted seeds from fruit you bought at the store? How did it turn out?
P.S. If you are looking for the Real Food for Real People Challenge for this week, it is going to be a bit late, or perhaps postponed until next week. I need to do some grocery store recon pictures because ingredient lists aren't on the websites. Wonder why margarine companies wouldn't want their ingredients posted? Hmmmm....