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Rambutan

Nephelium lappaceum

Rambutan is a member of the Nephelium family. Its botanical name is Nephelium lappaceum.

Rambutan trees can reach heights of 15-25 m if not pruned but are usually maintained at heights of between 4-8 m for ease of harvesting. Rambutan trees have a straight trunk and a dense, usually spreading crown. Mature leaves are a dark green. There are three flower types – males, hermaphrodite functioning as males and hermaphrodite functioning as females and flowers are borne in terminal panicles. Fruit is ovoid, pinkish-red or yellow (dependent on variety) and has a thin leathery rind covered with soft, fleshy spinterns. Within is the white, juicy flesh surrounding a small seed.

It is a fruit and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Rambutan normally grows to a tree habit with a max height of 39.00 feet (that's 12.00 metres metric). This plant tends to mature and be ready for harvest in late summer.

Indonesia is believed to be where Rambutan originates from.

Rambutan tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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How to grow Rambutan

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Rambutan seedlings bear fruit in 5-6 years but the ratio of female to male trees is 4-5 to 7. Vegetative propagation is essential. Budding is the preferred method with budded trees flowering after three years.

Remember to water Rambutan very often. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Rambutan needs a loamy soil with a ph of 5.5 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Rambutan is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing Rambutan from seed

After removal from fruit rambutan seed is washed and planted horizontally with seed germinating in around 10 days.

Transplanting Rambutan

Rambutan is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 20°C / 68°F.

Companion plants for Rambutan

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Rambutan so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Rambutan

These plants will not grow well with Rambutan so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Rambutan problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Rambutan plants:

Rambutan Etymology

Rambutan in Indonesian or Malay literally means “hairy” or “hairy fruit”.In Tagalog ,this word is synonymous to Lambutan meaning tender or soft.

Other names for Rambutan

Hairy lychee

Dimocarpus crinita, Euphorbia nephelium

Rambutan care instructions

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