Apparently the fruit load is too much for this poor little thing:
That Duncan grapefruit tree was taller than me and now it’s laying sideways… I’m going to have to get creative with some staking, it seems.
Those shouldn’t be hanging right over the ground like that.
Staking a Tree
Staking a tree isn’t too hard: just grab yourself some rope, an old innertube and some hearty stakes.
In the case of this grapefruit tree with its heavy fruit, I’ll stake it up with a good post stuck a couple feet into the ground.
Take some pieces of innertube and loosely tie them around a target branch or trunk, then wrap some paracord or rope around that in a loose loop, then tie off tightly to the stake. When you’re staking a tree you don’t want the rope to be too tight or you’ll cut off circulation.
Once the fruit are harvested, this tree will have a much easier time.