How to grow Rambutan tree

Rambutan tree grow and care – 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

Planting season:
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

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, high humidity and moist soil

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

Is it possible to grow indoor 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 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

Sowing requirement:
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

Sowing season:
Directly after the fruits

Planting spacing:
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

Germination time:
3-7 days

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

Scientific name:

Nephelium lappaceum

Alternative names: Chom chom fruit tree, Chom chom tree

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
  • Edible Seeds
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Leaf color
  • Red leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 13