Do you own a Rambutan tree?

bananafanAugust 15, 2013

I've been trying to grow Rambutans for many years now, but they don't seem to have done anything much except having some growth in the hotter months and then dropping almost all of their leaves when the cold weather arrives.

I'm just very curious if anyone here in the mainland ever successfully grown the plant to fruition. It would be interesting to hear from you what you have or have not done to make it a success to grow the plant here. I don't suppose having a greenhouse will help either because I have been bringing all the young plants in when the weather gets cold. Therefore, it would seem to me that there just aren't enough of a hot days here to set off their normal growth rate. I'd like to find out more before I finally give up growing these plants. I've heard there's a cousin of the Rambutan that goes by the name of Pulasan and it's supposed to be more cold hardy. Anyone here familiar with it? I'd appreciate any feedback here.

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This Rambutan used to be about 4 ft tall some years back, but after dropping all its leaves every Winter, it has dwindled to less than 1 foot tall. The thicker stem behind has died off and what you see here is a little growth that grew from the base.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:37PM
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The second Rambutan that I have now looks a little better at 3 ft tall, but it was still a far cry from what it used to be (about 6 ft in height or so). I know it's kind of wasting time here trying to keep them around, but it's hard to neglect them when they're still growing ..

Of course, I've also started many seedlings on my own; some of them have died off and the others hiding somewhere in the yard (if they're still alive that is ... lol).

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 8:43PM
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I did tried growing Rambutan seedlings and grafted type but it failed miserably 2 years ago. The seedlings never got more than a ft and the grafted ones didn't put out any growth and just wither and died. I also had pulasan seedlings but same results with the rambutan. It didn't die but it didn't grow either so I put them out of their misery lol.
They were all grown in a unheated greenhouse. It never got down to freezing or anything but weren't really in optimum condition either.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 9:55AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

I've also had disappointing results. I believe the reason is the lack of humidity. My area is hot and dry in the summer, cold and not that wet in the winter. Mine grows well in the winter because I bring it inside the greenhouse, which is inside my family room. As soon as I bring it outside in springtime, growth slows, leaves started turning brown. I gave all mine away.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 8:08PM
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Tinybolt and Newgen,

I'm sorry to hear that your adventure with your Rambutans didn't go well for you too. I plan to keep the two of them until I get my greenhouse and we'll see what happens. Mostly likely they will end up having the same fate as yours ...

On a brighter note, however, I managed to get some Rambutan fruit from an Asian grocery store here to enjoy. Some seeds are beginning to sprout. It feels a lot better to know that buying the fruit to eat is not as illusive as planting the plants with the intention of getting fruit off of them .. lol.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 4:43PM
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Wish I had grown these myself, but not too bad, I got about 14 of them for the price of a little over $3 (not bad at all). Of course, I ate up a few before taking the picture. They do taste somewhat like the lychees as they both are close relatives. The fruit is sweeter and the flesh is thicker, crunchier and somewhat rubbery.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 5:01PM
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Those look good Bananafan. I'd like to grow them but would prefer to get a good grafted variety. Unfortunately, I think most of the nurseries here just get seeds from their dinner table, shove them into pots, and then sell them when they've got a bit of height. I don't know where the fruit here comes from. There's lots grown here, but they're the high quality fruits and all get exported to Japan. Maybe I should do a midnight raid and get some grafting material, LOL.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 8:36PM
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No way my rambutan can stay outside in the Texas winter.
But I do love to experiment with them. Let see if they survive the coming winter month. I have several seed that I started early this summer month. They are about a foot tall now. Picture is better than word.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rambutan Seedling

This post was edited by soupb on Sat, Nov 2, 13 at 8:10

    Bookmark   November 1, 2013 at 3:56PM
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Are you able to get a grafted Rambutan, tropicalbreeze? If you're able to get one, I'm sure the Rambutan would take your climate there better than where I am.

Soupb, I can see you have a green thumb with your Rambutan seed sprouting. You're right, they will not survive outside in your winter weather. All the best to your Rambutan seedlings and hope you'll post more updates of their development later on.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 7:24PM
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