The Tahitian Pummelo Tree is a relatively small pummelo, although still larger than a grapefruit. This variety is round with slightly flattened ends, and has a thin, yellow-green rind when ripe. The rind peels off easily to reveal juicy, green flesh that turns amber colored as it ripens to full maturity. The flesh tends to have many easy-to-remove seeds. The unusual taste of the Tahitian Pummelo Tree, also referred to as pomelo, is fairly sweet with notes of melon and lime, and subtler notes of grapefruit.
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Latin Name: Citrus maxima
Site and Soil: In spring, summer and fall, keep your potted Citrus in a location with 1/2 day to full sun. In the winter, place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit procuction. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Tahitian Pummelo is self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: We recommend bringing Tahitian Pummelo to a well-lit and protected location in late fall before hard frosts occur.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: This lime ripen in late fall into winter but sometime produces a summer crop.
Yield: 40+ fruit
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants.
USDA Zone: 9
Sunset Western Zone: 8, 9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: All Zones, Indoors in winter