Rambutan tree growing tree of the genus Nephelium also known as Nephelium lappaceum or Chom chom fruit tree, 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 edible and 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 edible and taste and look like almonds.
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How to grow Rambutan tree growing and care:
Rich soil, well drained than 5C, humidity, 2 trees: female and male, moist soil, organic matter, mulch (it’s bring organic matter and moist)
What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed – explanation bellow / 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
Spring, summer, autumn
How to plant rambutan tree:
Dig hole bigger that the roots ball, put organic matter, mycorrhiza and dead leaves put back some sand and mix it with the “ingredient” reduce the hole to size of the roots ball and when pull it off the container take care that root ball complete, over the plant and put mulch on the soil, take care that will be enough water in the first weeks
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants, termite
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
Big amount of water, high humidity and moist soil
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:
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:
Fruit harvest season:
Autumn / Winter
Fruits pests or diseases:
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 for a rambutan tree to bear fruit:
3-6 years (with grafted tree or air layering) from seeds might takes more and might need to graft
Ripening of fruit:
Can be taken before it’s fully ripen
How to grow rambutan from seed
Need fresh seeds less than 5 days old, every day that pass reduce chances of germination
Saving seeds until sowing:
Better inside the fruits to keep the seeds, can’t sow it directly need to care of the seeds very gentle, put the seeds with well moist peat soil in close transparent nylon bag
Directly after the fruits
Better in separate pots
Depth of Sowing:
2-4cm (~1-2 inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity, sunny location, warm weather
Watering requires for Seeds:
Big amount of water with moist soil (never let it dry) high humidity
Condition of seedling:
Protect from winds very sensitive to when the plant young, sunny location, mulch on the soil after germinate to keep the plant protect and moist
Alternative names: Chom chom fruit tree, Chom chom tree