PALM - SALAK
Also called the snake fruit due to the beautiful pattern on the fruit, this is a tropical palm from Bali in Indonesia. The brittle thin skin is removed to reveal yellow/white flesh which has flavours reminiscent of Granny Smith apple, strawberry and pineapple. The small palm is very prickly, it has a tendency to blow over in strong tropical storms where it re-roots itself, so it can move from the place it was originally planted Suited to tropical areas only.
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Plant Information or Specifications
Sub Categories (HashTags)
Tropical Garden Plant (#TropicalGardenPlant)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
No (Full Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Full (Sun:80%-100%), Part (Sun:50-80%)
Preferred Soil Type
Question & Answer
Will this grow in albury nsw From:
Very unlikely unfortunately it will go well in Albury NSW. Under item specifications it says it is tropical and sensitive to frosts. Albury is likely more warm temperate - subtropical and would get a few frosts.
Are you able to tell male from Female? From:
Unfortunately you can not tell if male or female until they flower. So best to plant 2 or more. You also need to be in the tropics for Salaks to fruit
Customer Comments on Palm - Salak
Plants flourish in constantly moist, but well drained soil. | Jerry Coleby-williams - Brisbane, QLD 18-Dec-2010
There are 3 Bali Salaks (S.zalacca amboina) with the pictured highland one the best.Pondoh is the best Inonesian one (S.z.zalacca) with Thai Salacca wallichiana var.sumalee and noen wong being excellent and cold tolerant | Mike Trenerry - Cairns, QLD 04-Jun-2011
Easy to grow, but need tropical climate to establish quickly. Strawberry taste dominates the taste. Excellent fruit and very special. | Albert Sittler - Mission Beach, QLD 22-Dec-2014
Palm - Salak
I tried salak fruit in Cambodja end of January. I took 7 seeds to home and put them to pot in 30.1.2017. It took about 6 weeks before there was little sprout on the surface. Today 19.3. there is 5 little salak babies on the surface of the pot. | Kari Karhunen - Turku, SF 20-Mar-2017
Palm - Salak
Bought fruit in BKK. Planted seeds in Chiang Mai area Thailand. 6 seeds Sprouted in about 6 weeks. Now about 4 inches tall. What happens next? Don't know. | James Valentine - Doi Tao, THAI 28-Jan-2018
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