Rambutan in Hawaii – Tropical Garden T

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Featured Plant in This Garden

Plant History & General Information:

  • Location on Property:  Garden T
  • Scientific Name:  Nephelium lappaceum
  • Region of Origin:   Southeast Asia, Malay-Indonesian regionrambutan
  • General History:  The rambutan is a tropical fruit tree that is closely related to some of our other fruit trees including Longan and Lychee.  The structure internally is quite similar, with a single central inedible seed and edible white flesh wrapped around it but the skin is the part that makes the rambutan so distinctive in appearance.  The name “rambutan” is derived from the Malay-Indonesian language word for rambut or “hair”, a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -anIn Vietnam, it is called chôm chôm(meaning “messy hair”) due to the spines covering the fruit’s skin.  The widest variety of cultivars, wild and cultivated, are found in Indonesia and Malaysia.

2) Plant Uses:

  • As Food:  The ripe fruit should be 2″ to 3″ long and oval but can be almost round in some varieties. Look for a bright red color in most cases but some rambutan varieties ripen a bright yellow or yellow with an orange blush.  Rambutan has high levels of vitamin B3 and vitamin C
  • As Medicine:
  • Other Uses:

3) Growing Instructions

  • Propagation: Rambutan can be grafted or grown from seed.  Often the trees grown from seed will be less tasty than grafted trees from known cultivars.  When planting seeds they must be placed flat, seeds placed long side down will not germinate.  It is crucial that seeds be fresh or they will not germinate.
  • Soil Requirements:  Loose loamy soil with good drainage
  • Sunlight Requirements: Full sun
  • Best time to Harvest:  
  • Growing: Rambutan grows best in tropical climates with warm temperature


Pre-Volcano Garden T Instructions


Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of Garden

This MIXED Garden has the following plants:

  • Citrus
  • Rambutan
  • Sapodilla
  • Papaya

Maintenance Activities For This Garden:

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Stink Maile, Fire Ants, Mexican Sunflowers, choking, creeping and climbing weeds
    • Spray Soapy Water mix before working in this area
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Use a Kama to cut the climbers and the chokers at the plant base to kill them. Remove climbers from plants carefully.
    • Remove all creeping weeds from around all garden beds and walkways.
    • Remove Mexican Sunflower from the border - bring to crater slope at the road front
  • Identification and Labeling:
    • Tag and label  transplanted trees with bright-colored tree ribbon
    • Label the tree with the date it was transplanted
    • Update plant pages if any are added or removed from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Keeping the wood borders free of weeds and mosses, weed whack the area of large grasses to keep walkways clear
    • Plant low decoratives or edibles between trees so as not to obscure the view.
    • In the Tulsi patch, rake carefully in between each tree
    • Mulch using brown paper bags, carefully placed around each tree trunk
    • Wet brown bags and place heavy branches on top to secure them
    • From the rakings, place bamboo leaves and any other brown leaves on top of wetted paper bags to complete the mulching.
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvesting fruit in season and Bamboo regularly promotes budding and new growth.
    • Encourage guests/volunteers to grab food from these areas also to harvest and eat
    • If the trees are getting too tall to harvest, check with the director first about topping a tree or if you have any ideas for new edibles to plant.


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