Juiciest and largest fruit from citrus family learn how to grow pomelo. Growing pomelo is not so difficult if you follow the directions given below.
Other names– Citrus maxima, shaddock, pomelo, pummelo, pommelo, pamplemousse, or shaddok) jeruk besar, jeruk bali, jambua, limau betawi, limau bali, muli, som-o, ma-o, shouk-ton-oh, suha, lukban, kabugaw and buongon.
USDA Zones — 9 to 11
Propagation — Seed, Rootstock
Difficulty — Easy
Bloom Color — White
Height — 15 feet to 40 feet
Pomelo or Pummelo is largest fruit of citrus family having up to 10 inches fruits, which are sweet and tart in taste with easily removable orange like thick pale yellow skin.
Growing condition for Pomelo
As pomelo is a subtropical evergreen tree, it grows best in warm and humid climate. It does not like cold. If you’re growing pomelo in cold weather grow it in a pot.
Like all citrus varieties, pomelo needs full sun to produce its large juicy fruits. It can also be grown in partial sun, but it will produce less fruits.
Pomelo can be grown in many types of soil, however in grows best in medium textured soil of pH around 5.5 to 7. *Soil must be well draining to prevent root rot.
Pomelo likes moist soil. If grown on ground it should be watered at least once a week. Watering should be consistent and deep. Over-watering, under-watering or inconsistent watering can lead to blossom drop and fruit drop.
Feed with citrus fertilizer according to the product instruction given on the packet.
Like most citrus fruits, pomelo may appear fully ripe weeks before it is actually ripe. The best method to check if the fruit is ripe is to taste it.
Pests and diseases
There is a long list of pests and diseases that affect it but if good health is maintained plant remains pests free. It is susceptible to aphids, mites, mealybugs, leaf-miners, leaf-eating caterpillars, fruit-boring caterpillar, scales, red mites, fruit flies, nematodes and rats.