How to grow Salak plant

Salak growing tree of the genus Salacca also known as Salacca zalacca or Snake fruit, Salak perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 13+ ( possible to grow in mediterranean and subtropical 10b+ but it will takes a lot of year until fruit if ever bear fruits).

Leaves color green with shredded edges and spines, flower color red, there are male and female flowers, the flowers grow in inflorescence.

Salak fruits

Fruit color is orange, yellow or green, the peal like snake skin in brown or yellow

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Requirements for Salak growing and care:


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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Old leaves and stems

Size of the plant?
4-6 m, 12-20 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
All year

General information about the flower
Red flower, there are male and female flowers, the flowers grow in inflorescence.

Pollination is done by:
Bees, fly, (maybe wind)

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
All year

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Salak fruits?
Eat raw, jams, juice

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years

Ripening of fruit:
Pickup before fully ripening

Scientific name:

Salacca zalacca

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone