Falsa Grewia asiatica is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to tropical and subtropical Asia. It is a small tree or shrub growing to 5–15 m tall. The leaves are alternate, simple, 3–8 cm long and 2–6 cm wide, with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are white or pink, 5–7 cm diameter, with five petals. The fruit is a drupe, 2–3 cm diameter, ripening black or dark purple.
The falsa grewia asiatica has many benefits. The leaves can be used as a poultice for wounds and the bark can be used to treat diarrhea. The fruit is used to make a delicious jam.
How to care:
This plant is easy to care for. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Water regularly, but do not overwater.
As phalsa is allowed to develop like a bush hence no initial training is required. Since phalsa bears fruit on current season’s growth, there is a need for regular but severe annual pruning before spring for better quality fruits.
An annual pruning to a height of about 100 cm encourages new shoots and higher yield of marketable fruit than more drastic pruning
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
Propagate by seed, cuttings, or air layering.Phalsa is commercially propagated by seed. Since variability does not exist in phalsa, seed multiplication is quite convenient and cheap. Also, the seedling plants of phalsa are fairly true to type i.e. similar to mother plant. The freshly extracted seeds should be used for raising seedlings.
These seeds loose their viability in 90-100 days under ordinary storage and 175-185 days under cold storage.
Its seeds require 15-20 days for germination, and seedlings get ready in 3-4 months for transplanting in the field. Seeds sown immediately after extraction gave highest germination percentage and shortest germination period
The falsa grewia asiatica is a beautiful plant that can be used in landscaping. It can be used as a specimen plant, in a border, or in a container.