How to grow Rambutan tree

Rambutan tree growing tree of the genus Nephelium also known as Nephelium lappaceum, Rambutan tree perennial evergreen plant and grow in tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 13+.

Flower color are white the size 1-2 mm the flowers are separate to female and male flowers on separate trees.

Rambutan hairy fruits

Fruit are cover with light skin, the color of the skin can be yellow, orange or red with soft spines that pilled easily. The flesh is white with special structure remind little bit onion, some cultivar are easy to take off the seeds, the fruit taste remind the Lychee fruits.

Seeds are edible and taste look like almonds.

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Requirements for Rambutan tree growing and care:

Rich soil, well drained than 5C, humidity, 2 trees: female and male

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, recommend grafting male and female on the same tree

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Sensitive to winds

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants, termite

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Dead and week branches

Size of the plant?
5-10 m, 15-30 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Flower color are white the size 1-2 mm the flowers are separate to female and male flowers on separate trees

Pollination is done by:

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Autumn / Winter

Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, birds

What can be done with big quantities of Rambutan tree fruits?
Eaten raw, jelly, jams, alcohol

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover with net against the birds

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-6 years

Ripening of fruit:
Can be taken before it’s fully ripen

Scientific name:

Nephelium lappaceum

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