How to grow Falsa tree

Falsa grow and care – plant of the genus Grewia also known as Phalsa tree, Sherbet berry or Grewia asiatica , Falsa shrub‎ or small tree perennial evergreen to deciduous plant also used as ornamental plant grow in subtropical, tropic or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color is green the shape orbicular. Flower color yellow orange or red-orange.

Falsa berry fruits

Fruit color purple to black with hairy peel and big seed, looks like berry and taste of the fruit is sweet sour or sour and remind with imagination to blueberry

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How to grow Falsa growing and care:

Slightly acid soil, rich soil, mulch when the plant young

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – cutting, when start from branch need to choose brown or green and there hormones that fit for each one of them, also need to keep high humidity, moist soil and if put it in close box need to ventilate at least twice a day, watering by spray.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, hard to find grafted fruits, but if the fruits small and seeds big, better to graft, cultivar with big fruit and small seeds, possible to start also from air layer

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to winds when it’s young, take over the garden (grow easily from seeds)

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn, in hardiness zone 12 can be also in winter

Pests and diseases:
Caterpillar, ants, termite

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Prune that will be accessible to pick the fruits, need to design the plant when young if as tree to cut all the branches an leave main truck, and as shrub if grow only one cut it in the top after 1m (3 feet)

Size of the plant?
3-7 m, 10-21 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water to big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, better

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower:
Flower color yellow orange or red-orange, flowers grow in clusters

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Falsa fruits?
Eat raw, juice, ice-pop, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special, if need too much birds need to use net against birds, check every morning that there aren’t birds that stuck

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Phalsa seeds – Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Rich soil, peat soil, good drainages, full sun

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dark, dry location in room temperature

Sowing season:
Spring to summer

Planting spacing:
3*2m (10-6 ft.)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm 0.5-1 inches

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, don’t overwater, spray the seeds with water

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water to big amount of water, don’t let the soil dry

Germination time:
2-6 weeks mostly 2-3 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil, humidity, rich soil, mulch, protect it from winds

Scientific name:

Grewia asiatica

How to grow Falsa tree


Grewia asiatica

Growing Falsa from seeds

Falsa fruits

Falsa flower



Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Eaten raw
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Red flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13