Falsa plant for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible fruits, also grown for the ornamental flowers and for the leaves, planting season in spring to autumn, better to buy plant or another option to start from seeds yet more challenging.
Falsa plant – information before buying:
Growing information: perennial plant, growing hardiness zone: 10+, water needed – average amount, light conditions – full sun, height: 3-7 m, 10-21 feet.
Blooming in the spring in round shaped flowers that appear in yellow orange or red-orange color.
Fruit harvesting in the spring to autumn in round shaped flowers that appear in purple to black color.
Alternative names: Grewia asiatica, Phalsa, Palisa, Pharsa
Uses – Medicinal use as falsa lowers cholesterol level and regulates glycemic index. Falsa contains antioxidant, is rich in vitamin A, C and minerals. The root is used for rheumatisms. The leaves are used for pustular eruption. The fruits can be eaten raw, used as a flavoring agent for ice cream or made in drinks. A good fiber is obtained from the bark and can be used to create ropes.
Location – full to partial sun
Soil – can grow sand clay or limestone soil but a rich loamy soil improves the production. Better to avoid over alkaline or over acidic pH. An optimal pH should be slightly acidic (between 6 and 6.5).
Propagation – by seeds is cheap and easy. It doesn’t require any pre-soaking treatment. Seeds viability is not really long. In regular conditions it can be stored up to 3 months and in cold conditions up to 6 months. The seed requires 2 or 3 weeks for germination. Seedling gets ready in 4 months after transplanting in the ground. Cuttings and layering doesn’t give good results, hormone treatment (growth regulators) can help.
Harvesting – Phalsa plant start to bear fruits after 2 years. Fruits are generally marketable after 3 years. Summer is the harvesting season. Average yield is 5 to 9kg by plant (11 to 20 lbs). As only few fruits ripen at the same time, picking must be continuous. Once the fruit gets color it is better to wait 14 days before picking it.
Watering – During the growing season water weekly. During the winter water monthly. Falsa plant is drought tolerant.
Pruning – annual pruning is necessary for a good crop. Generally during the dormant period cut the plant at the ground level. An optimal is 1.2 to 1.8 meters (4 to 6feet) from ground level.
Pest and diseases – Aphids, red spiders, coleopteran, caterpillars. Powdery mildew (the leaves will become whitish, it is actually a fungus), currant anthracnose, currant rust.