Rambutan is botanically known as Nephelium lappaceum from the family Sapindaceae. The name also refers to the edible fruit produced by this tree. The rambutan is native to Southeast Asia. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the litchi, longan, pulasan, and mamoncillo. It produces fruits in clusters of long thick, soft, hairs or spines on the surface. The hairy outgrowth has eye-catching red and yellow colors and it imparts a distinctive exotic appearance to its fruits. The fruits are a good source of sugars and vitamin C and are eaten as a fresh dessert fruit.
Rambutans are small, oval to round fruits, averaging 3 to 5 centimeters in diameter, and grow in loose, hanging clusters of 10 to 20 fruits. The fruits are enveloped in a semi-thick, firm, and leathery rind, covered in soft, spine-like protrusions known as spinterns. Underneath the rind, the flesh varies from white, translucent, to pale pink and is succulent and slightly chewy, encasing a central, oblong, light brown seed wrapped in thin, papery layers. Rambutans are aromatic and have a sweet, fruity flavor with mild acidity, containing subtle notes of strawberries and grapes.
Rambutans are available seasonally, depending on the region, and are generally found in the fall and winter. In tropical areas of Southeast Asia, the trees fruit twice a year.
The name Rambutan is derived from the Malaysian word “rambut,” translating to mean “hair,” and is a descriptor given for the fruit’s hairy, spine-like appearance. Rambutan cultivation is globally increasing as the fruits are valued for fresh eating, desserts, and flavoring beverages. The trees are prolific, producing hundreds of fruits in a season. Rambutan trees are considered an ornamental variety, valued for their color contrast between the bright fruits and dark green leaves.
MAXIMUM HEIGHT - It can grow up to 8-12 meters tall.
BLOOMING YEAR - Generally blooms in spring & monsoon seasons.
FRUITING YEAR - It starts fruiting after 3-4 years after planting.
GROWING TIPS -
- You can grow it in the bigger growing bag, but planting directly in the ground will be great for the plant.
- It can grow almost in all types of soil, but the soil should be well-drained, fertile, and organic in nature.
- It needs a minimum of 4-6hours of direct sunlight area, even though it can tolerate up to 5 Degree celsius temperature.
- It loves to grow in all tropical & subtropical climates.
- Provide basin around the plant, for better utilization of the water & fertilization.
- You can add organic or homemade compost once in 3 months.
INSIDE THE BOX
S.No. PRODUCT NAME DIMENSION 1. Rambutan Fruit Plant 1-2 Feet Height 2. Growing Pot (Black color) 6 Inch
*above specifications are for indicative purposes only, actual dimensions may slightly vary.
LIGHT CONDITION - It requires a minimum of more than 4 hours of Direct Sunlight.
WATERING SCHEDULE - Water when the topsoil(2-3 inches) feels dry to touch. Always maintain moisture near the root zone.
SOIL TYPE - The soil should be well-drained, fertile & rich in organic content.
FERTILIZER APPLICATION - Apply any organic fertilizer once three months for better health of the plant, apply water immediately after fertilizer application.
PLANT PROTECTION - Do regular pruning of the plant in order to maintain good required shape. Remove dead, infected, or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
INITIAL CARE FOR 10-15 DAYS JUST AFTER RECEIVING YOUR PLANT
- Remove the Packaging Materials carefully.
- Press the soil in the pot & add additional soil(garden mix) if necessary.
- Maintain moisture in the pot, Do not overwater it may kill your plant, so make sure that the soil should be dry between watering.
- Provide support with stick/moss stick(vine plant) in order to make straight growth, for needed plant only.
- Make sure that plants get enough morning direct bright light for 10-15 days & do not go for immediate transplanting(minimum 1 month)
- Just prune if any branch of the plant is get damaged in transit.