A couple of month ago I was bragging to my in-laws that I have had a total of 500 visitors from 50 different countries visit my blog. My father-in-law asked if I had told my faithful readers that "every time I try to take a shower I get attacked by your grapefruit tree." I'm pretty sure there were some expletives in there, but I removed them to keep my G rating. Also, I don't think he knew it was a grapefruit tree...
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The grapefruit tree has some pretty mean thorns all up the trunk and down all of the branches. They are mean when they're green and meaner when they're dead and brown. My parents-in-law have been kind enough to overwinter my grapefruit tree at their house the last 2 years, since they have lots of room and I have very little room. My tree has been very happy there, because they also have a lot of large windows to let light in their house.
The grapefruit tree was a gift from my granddad who grew it from the seed of a grapefruit he bought at the grocery store. He gave it to me 2 years ago and it was already about 4 1/2 feet tall. It tends to lose some of its leaves in the fall and winter but gets bushy again each summer. He recently gave me another grapefruit tree he had grown (this one only about 5" tall). Neither of the plants have bloomed yet, but hopefully they will be able to pollinate one another some day.