Sherbet Berry Care: Information About Phalsa Sherbet Berries

Sherbet Berry Care: Information About Phalsa Sherbet Berries

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By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is sherbet berry, also known as Phalsa sherbet berry plant, and what it is about this lovely little tree that earned it such a charming name? Read on to learn more about Phalsa sherbet berries and sherbet berry care.

About Phalsa Sherbet Berries

If you’re looking for something a little different in the landscape, then you certainly can’t go wrong with growing sherbet berry plants (Grewia asiatica). This southern Asian native shrub or small tree produces edible drupes that start out green before turning red and then deep purple to black as they ripen.

The sherbet berries, which are preceded by masses of bright yellow springtime flowers, are similar in both appearance and taste to grapes – said to be rich and sweet with a hint of citrusy tartness. They are also extremely nutritious, filled with antioxidants, Vitamin C and other nutrients.

These berries are commonly used to make a refreshing, thirst-quenching juice or they may simply be eaten as is with a bit of sugar.

Growing Sherbet Berry Plants

Although the plant can tolerate light frost, sherbet berry plants are best grown in warmer climates and are generally hardy in USDA zones 9-11. That being said, they are remarkably adaptable to containers, making it more than possible to grow them in the home garden. Simply move the plant indoors once cold temps return and overwinter inside.

These plants are not only easy to grow but are quite vigorous. Locate the plant in an area with full sun to partial shade, though sites receiving the most sun are preferred.

Phalsa sherbet berry plants can tolerate most soil types, including sand, clay, or areas with poor fertility. However, for best results when growing sherbet berry plants, provide them with moist, well-drained soil.

If you’re planting in a pot, make sure that it’s large enough to accommodate its quick growth, at least 18-24 inches wide and 20 inches deep. Also, ensure there are drainage holes in your container to avoid overly wet conditions, which can lead to rot.

Sherbet Berry Care

Little sherbet berry care is actually involved with these plants given suitable growing conditions. Though somewhat drought tolerant, the plant benefits from water during overly hot, dry weather and also during fruiting. Otherwise, watering of the plants is normally done when the top two inches of soil is dry but those grown in containers may require additional water, even daily in warmer temps. Again, make sure the plant does not sit in water.

Fertilize both in-ground and container plants regularly during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Since sherbet berry bears fruit on current season’s growth, annual pruning just prior to spring will help encourage new shoots and result in higher yields.

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Edible fruit of the Sherbet Berry or Phalsa are loaded with antioxidants. Drought tolerant and easily maintained plant. Deciduous. Light frosts will cause leaves to be shed but are not usually damaging. Indiginous throughout India and Southeast Asia. Fruits in summer. They can be eaten fresh with salt and black pepper or can be made into a thirst quenching tart beverage. Has many medicinal uses.

Average mature height: 6 - 15 feet. Soil: Average watering needs. Light: Full to part sun. Zones: 9 - 11.

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2. Shahtoot

Botanical Name: Morus alba

Common Names: Mulberry, Kambli Chedi, Mucukkattaip Palam, Hippunerale, Tutee, Shetur, Shatut

These colorful berries are native to tropical regions of Asia and very rare fruit in India. Shahtoots taste sweet and are a natural coolant, eaten during summers. These fruits have many health benefits as they help in digestion, cough, and cold, improving eyesight, etc.

Grewia Species, Dhaman, Falsa, Phalsa


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Sun Exposure:


Foliage Color:




USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Oct 19, 2016, Lsugirl from Arabi, LA wrote:

I am having great success growing my plant and I'm in New Orleans Louisiana I'm just not sure what to do for winter time if anyone can help me please do because I don't want the plant to die

On Sep 24, 2015, 621Gardner from Fort Pierce, FL wrote:

Hi folks, for those of you who are looking for this plant, Lowe's (I found them at the Vero Bch, FL store) has a new shipment of them, good sized healthy plants, some flowering for $9.98. I'm so excited to have found this plant, had never heard about it before seeing it at Lowe's. :) Since I was trying to find growing info & saw some of you wanting this plant, I figured I'd share the info :-)

I have 2 established Phalsa bushes and i am trying to grow more, I have tried seed germination, it is somewhat successful and plants grow to about 2-3 inches but then they die, what am I doing wrong?

I would highly appreciate if someone can shed light and guide me in a right direction. Thanks

On Nov 2, 2012, DrKadri from Greatwood, TX wrote:

I have grown phalsa trees from the seedlings imported from Asia. I now have three stems that are 20 - 30 inches high at 15 months.
I have carefully maintained the soil type in the pots and then put them in the ground at 4 months.

You will be astonished to hear that I have 2-3 falsa (Phalsa) growing on one of the stems, at the plant age of 15 months. I have taken photos of the plants to show their health.

I made a considerable investment in getting this going and will soon be able to sell 3 - 6" high plants to recover some of my capital investment, and propogate the growth of this excellent fruit/berry in the US.

On Jul 4, 2012, ichoudhury from Lilburn, GA wrote:

Phalsa is one amazing fruit. My father collected and planted couple of trees that served us delicious fruit for many years. In fact, I loved it so much, I have been searching for it for a long time! Dark purple blueberries remind me of phalsa (those that are really sweet with a slight tartness ). Mmm!

*by the way, if you love this plant, give it positive rating (not neutral or negative). Just saying )

On Dec 27, 2010, Dornier328300 from Chicago, IL wrote:

Does anyone know where in Florida can I find this fruit?

On May 27, 2004, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A native of the Indian subcontinent, the deciduous
Phalsa is so rare here in the US that only a handful
of rare fruit enthusiasts seem to be aware of it.

Used extensively in Folk medicine in its native land,
the Vitamin C enriched Phalsa has now become the
subject of renewed medical research in many countries
of the world.

The most talked about Phalsa tree on public property,
a beautiful and healthy specimen in Fruit & Spice Park
in Homestead, Florida, got decimated by Hurricane
Andrew in August, 1992.

On May 17, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Rostoucí Sherbet Berry Rostliny

Přestože rostlina může tolerovat lehký mráz, rostliny sherbet berry jsou nejlépe pěstovány v teplejších klimatech a jsou obecně odolné v zónách USDA 9-11. To je řečeno, že jsou pozoruhodně přizpůsobitelné kontejnerům, což je více než možné je pěstovat v domácí zahradě. Jednoduše přemístěte rostlinu v interiéru, jakmile se studené tempy vrátí a přezimují uvnitř.

Tyto rostliny nejen snadno rostou, ale jsou poměrně energické. Umístěte rostlinu v oblasti s plným sluncem do částečného stínu, ačkoli místa, která přijímá nejvíce slunce jsou preferovány.

Falsa sherbet bobulovité rostliny mohou tolerovat většinu typů půdy, včetně písku, jílu nebo oblastí se špatnou plodností. Nicméně, pro dosažení nejlepších výsledků při pěstování rostlin sherbet berry, poskytněte jim vlhkou, dobře odvodněnou půdu.

Pokud vložíte do hrnce, ujistěte se, že je dostatečně velký na to, aby vyhovoval rychlému růstu, alespoň 18-24 palců široký a 20 palců hluboký. Také dbejte na to, aby v nádrži byly odvodňovací otvory, aby se předešlo příliš vlhkým podmínkám, které mohou vést k hnilobě.

15. Rasbhari

Botanical Name: Physalis peruviana

Common Names: Cape Gooseberry, Tipari, Tankasi, Kuntali, Cherry poha, Chirbot, Phopati

This low-fat berry has rich water content, which makes it good for diet food. Loaded with many other nutrients, the fruit has a list of health benefits and improves immunity. The fruit has good fructose content, making it suitable for weight watchers.

Watch the video: How to Prune Falsa Plant. Best Season for Grewia Asiatica Pruning UrduHindi


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