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I was told once , by somebody, that I could not grow rambutan where I lived. Naturally, this made me want to try and grow them even more (Stubborn bastard, I know). Well, the time is now and I wish to attempt.
My understanding is that a grafted plant, from a proven fruit bearing tree is the way to go instead of waiting for a few years for a seedling not to produce.
Apparently, ungrafted seedlings are not recommended because there are male and female trees. If a male seedling is planted, it will not bear fruit even if it produces flowers and female seedling trees take many years to fruit.
Please, if there are any experts out there I am all ears. :)
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chillilover says...
No expert but same story as yours. Very stubborn and wants to try growing rambutan. I am looking for seeds or plant. I didn't find any where i usually get them.
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Chillilower
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24th January 2012 6:31am
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Nick says...
Im going to order a whole lot of seeds from http://www.simply-thai.com/Thai-Market-exotic-thai-fruit-seeds-index.htm if I can get an email through
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chillilover says...
Hi Nick, have you purchased from these guys before. I know they take paypal but is it safe to buy from them. Also how viable would the seeds be by the time they get here.
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Nick says...
I have no idea, i was going to ask but the email kep failing.
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chillilover says...
Better stay away then Nick. I was reading an article and it said that we do have a commercial rambutan farming in Queensland somewhere but most of the produce gets sent to Japan. Apart from that fresh rambutan import is not permitted into Australia.
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micarle says...
Rambutan seed is allowed entry into Aus!
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24th January 2012 1:05pm
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chillilover says...
Hi Micarle,
Are you telling me it's allowed or asking me a question. Sorry didn't get you.
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chillilover says...
This is what i get from aqis when searching rambutan.

This commodity is prohibited entry into Australia because insufficient information is available on its risk status. Importers are to be advised that the consignment must be re-exported or destroyed.
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Nick says...
micarle is right http://www.aqis.gov.au/icon32/asp/ex_casecontent.asp?intNodeId=8482831&intCommodityId=24951&Types=none&WhichQuery=Go+to+full+text&intSearch=1&LogSessionID=0) you were searching under "Human Consumption" instead of "Seeds for Sowing"
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Nick says...
BTW chillilover, what was the source you were thinking of getting the seeds from? :)
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chillilover says...
Hi Nick i just search aqis for "rambutan" , all countries, seed for sowing but it says your search has not been found. Can you copy paste for me and tell me exactly what th esite says.
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Nick says...
Ooohh I see what you did! Under commodity you have to put in the scientific name, in this case Nephelium :)
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chillilover says...
Well you've given me some good news Nick. Initially i thought i'd be able to find them in parklea market. I got some from there last year. The stall owner said none this year though.

There's another guys in QLD who might be able to help. He's a grower and exports them but not sure if he would want to help.

And lastly i am travelling overseas in April/May so i might be able to find some there.

Nonetheless whenever i do find these i'll definately send some your way too.
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24th January 2012 3:54pm
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Nick says...
Thanks so much! Have the achacha seeds arrived yet?
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chillilover says...
Nope not yet. Maybe today. Haven't checked mail yet. Did you get my mail i sent you.
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Mike says...
Nick I am just back from harrowing and stormy overnight fishing trip.I'll email you tomorrow as I said earlier but I can get fruit and seeds of the the best rambutan types pretty easily if you want some.Just google aqis icon,put the genus in and say seeds for sowing.I am pretty sure the whole genus are c7100's and 8kg of seed is your limit from overseas.
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chillilover says...
Well there you go Nick you got your seeds. Better send some seedlings my way too if you're lucky to germinate some.
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Scott says...
Apparently most commercial Rambutan plantations use hermaphroditic cultivars.
I'd be disappointed to nurse a male to maturity only to find it wouldn't fruit!
Because I don't have the room to grow several trees in the hope that some would be female I would like to find a suitable hermaphroditic cultivar.
Does anybody know where they would be available from?
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Nick says...
That'd be very great Mike thanks again! I really want to give you something in return: theres the salak seedlings (thats right they've sprouted roots!), frangipani seeds and also Fuchsia boliviana seeds (I'm ordering the latter 2 off ebay soon and the fuchsia species is quite rare) :)
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chillilover says...
Hi Scott join the club of rambutan hunters.
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Scott says...
thanks mate :)
If I find what I'm looking for, I'll make sure I grab a few to share around.
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trikus says...
Gold rambutan locally grown ... picture from a slide show we had on Rare Fruit Club display at Tully Show Fri-Sat . Aren't they usually marcotted ? And very tropical ? Try lychee instead ;-)
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Bangkok says...
I had the best rambutans of my life today. They are called Rong Rien and don't stick to the seed nor to the skin.

In the past i ate some who sticked to both and they were no fun to eat so i didn't try them many years.

They are cheap as chips here now, less then 1 au$ for a kg.

But are there even better variety's then rong rien? If so then what are they called?

I like rambutan because they are not too sweet like longans can be.
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MIke T1 says...
I have a rongrien and they are the thai number one.The shape and flesh texture is different from most malaysian and Indonesian varieties.Of the 30 or so commonly grown types of 200 or more out there most enthusiasts put rongrien at around number 4 or 5 ranuking on the hitlis about the same as R156 yellow.R134 is perhaps the highest rated with R162 and R167 also being elite.Some claim that Binjai and jit Lee or even Sri Lankan Milwana is on par with rongrien.
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Bangkok says...
I bought a rongrien tree today but along the road i saw huge rambutans for sale. They were rongrien sabbat (or something like that) and very expensive.
Don't know if that's a variety or what it means but they were huge.

My wife doesn't know yellow rambutans, i will try to buy a tree of those in Singapore together with another grafted pulasan. I got 2 loads of pulasan seeds recently and they all won't sprout and rotted.

Well rambutans are also great as long as they don't cling (which rongrien sure doesn't).

Rambutan for me has perfect sweetness, not too sweet so i can eat loads of them.

Mike do you know if the other good rambutans are in Thailand? So i won't waste my time asking for them.





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Farouk says...
Hello All!

I know it's been years since this convo has anyone had any luck growing rambutan mainly in New South Wales ??

Thank you eagar for a response.
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Waterfall says...
Up near Byron Bay yes they have been successful, in Fairfield I can't see it happening.
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Michael D says...
Farouk-Go to Cabramatta when they have fresh ranbutans for sale and soak the seeds in paper towel..I did it last year and had 5 seedlings..Unfortunately it all died over winter..We can never get rambutans to fruit in sydney so I was doing it for fun..and plus I might have had all male seedlings so it will necer aet fruit..
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Farouk says...
Hello Waterfall,

Thanks for that, sounds like you can getaway with a few more frost sensitive plants up that way.
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Waterfall says...
I think lychees taste better anyway and you can grow them in Sydney no problem.
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Farouk says...
Hey Michael,

Thanks for your reply.

That's good to have some soild experience from you on growing them, I had brought the fruit a few times in Cabramatta but never tried, will be fun to give it a go maybe next season just for the fun of it also, very impressive you got them to germinate & grow before the frost came in.

What fruit trees are you growing in Sydney ?
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Michael D says...
Farouk-We r literally in the same area so can grow the same things. At the moment I'm picking the last of my Fuyu persimmons and Thai guavas. My papaya is fully loaded but will struggle when winter comes. After winter then my lychee,longang n mango trees will be in flower to give me fruit by Feb.Around Dec is when my Dragon fruits are developing.Other exoctic fruits I have growing well in pots n fruiting are cherry guavas,small leaf jaboticaba n acerola cherry. Newest to my garden are nashi pear n dwarf red dacca bananas. I have also seen people growing and fruiting jackfruit,sapodilla,amberalla,pomegranate and custard apple in the area.As you can see we can grow alot of exotic fruits in our local area. If you like rambutans then I suggest you grow lychees instead as a good substitute. A lychee tree in my area is loaded with fruits every year.
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Bangkok says...
Growing rambutan in a container is extra hard, you need at least a large container for them.

I have a yellow rambutan in a 80-100l pot but it never bloomed since 2 years now. It's a large tree from almost 3 meters tall and has a double rootstock.

My tree likes natural fertilizers and slow release pellets (osmocote).

I tried draughtstressing on it to get blooms but it didn't work. Guess i have to wait longer, my tree was budded so should bloom well i guess.

If watered well rambutan can grow pretty fast.
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Manfred says...
One of our living treasures of the tropical fruit world (Hi Roger - what abut a comment every now and again?) once told me (in my tropical mode) "e;if you want mangoes, grow rambutans, and when they are ripe, take a bag of rambutans up to the tablelands and swap it for a uteload of mangoes"e;.

Mangoes don't produce in the wet tropics (anthracnose) and rambutans don't produce anywhere else.
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