Jackfruit - J33 Sultan

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Please note: We accept orders for plants year round, however we only ship/deliver plants from September throught to April.

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

Here is the father of all Jackfruit - J33, Sultan or The Emperor!

The Sultan/J33 Jackfruit is famous worldwide due to its special genetic capability to produce an excellent mix of crunchy yet creamy taste. It has very little to no latex, making it convenient to prepare, the fruit itself is larger than average. The flesh is juicy, and very aromatic! The Brix or the sweetness level is 36 making this the sweetest of all Jackfruit!

The Sultan/J33 has been used as a basis of research for over 50 years and used in many countries like in Australia as a clone to produce another hybrid varieties of Jackfruit. The Sultan/J33 originated from Malaysia, but over the course of 30 years has been exported to many countries like Sri Lanka, India, Australia and other Southeast Asian countries and often enough renamed to something else after it was grafted onto local varieties of Jackfruit.

This variety is reasonably hardy and able to tolerate cold much better than any Jackfruit varieties we have seen.  Only last winter, we placed the new seedling of The Sultan/J33 in a cold room without overhead cover (approx. night temperature of 4'c, day temperature up to 22'c) and without heating for months and it still growing well. We also left the new young seedlings outdoor (approx. night 8'c temperature, day temperature of 27'c) for a week without any major damage and the plant keeps growing and thriving in the NZ climate. This is impressive and possibly the reason why this variety was selected as the first choice of rootstock for other jackfruit varieties in many other countries.

The Sultan/J33 variety is fast growing, produces fruit all year long and in abundance. In an ideal climate The Sultan/J33 Jackfruit produces fruit as early as 3 years old from seed. In Malaysia it produces fruit at under 2 years even! In our orchard overseas, we have never grafted any jackfruit plants simply because the plant grows wild and well and The Sultan /J33 variety especially is true to seed. 

The plant can grow up to 5m tall, but in NZ it will never reached this maximum height. The height can be easily managed by pruning once established. The plant will have no issues growing in a large pot.

Disclaimer: Although this variety seems to handle the cold temperature reasonably well, we strongly recommended the young plant to be nurtured and kept away from extreme cold, frost and heavy wind. Best is to keep it in a covered or semi covered area for as long as possible until the stems are fully browned and thicken before introducing to the outdoors. The plant will do very well in warmer areas.

Plant Care

  • Soil: Jackfruit trees thrive in deep, rich, well-drained sandy loam soil but are quite adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including relatively poor soils. Ideal soil pH ranges from 6.0 to 7.5.
  • Watering: Young jackfruit trees need consistent moisture to establish their root system, especially during dry spells. Once established, they are relatively drought-tolerant but produce better fruit with regular watering. Avoid waterlogging as jackfruit trees do not tolerate standing water.
  • Temperature: Jackfruit is a tropical tree and does best in hot and humid conditions, typically between 25°C and 35°C. It can tolerate short periods of cooler temperatures but is sensitive to frost, which can damage the tree or kill young saplings.
  • Light: Prefers full sun for optimal growth and fruit production. A sunny spot with at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily is ideal.
  • Fertilising: Feed young trees with a balanced NPK fertilizer (such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10) every three to four months during the growing season to support rapid growth. Mature trees benefit from being fertilized twice a year, once at the start of the growing season and again mid-season. Additional compost or well-rotted manure can help improve fruit yield and quality.
  • Pruning: Requires minimal pruning. Remove dead or diseased wood, and thin out the center of the tree to allow light and air to penetrate, which helps reduce disease risk and improves fruit quality. Pruning can also help maintain a manageable size for easier harvesting.
  • Mulching: Apply organic mulch around the base of the tree to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and provide nutrients as it decomposes. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent rot.
  • Pest Control: Jackfruit trees are relatively pest-resistant but can be affected by pests such as jackfruit borer, fruit flies, and root-knot nematodes. Regular monitoring and appropriate organic or chemical controls should be used as needed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting: The tree produces both male and female flowers on the same tree. Fruits grow directly from the trunk and larger branches, and can weigh anywhere from 10 to 40 kg or more. Fruit maturity is reached typically in three to eight months after flowering.
  • Potting: Generally not recommended for potting due to its large size. However, dwarf varieties can be grown in large containers if space is limited, but they require careful management of watering and nutrients.
  • Feeding Regime: In addition to regular NPK fertilization, applying potassium-rich fertilizers can enhance fruit size and sweetness. Ensuring adequate micronutrients like magnesium and zinc can also support healthy growth and fruiting.


We ship our plants and garden supplies throughout New Zealand. Due to the increased costs of shipping and packaging, we now apply a minimal delivery charge. After offering free shipping for three consecutive years, we find it necessary to adjust this policy to align with current market conditions. However, we have lowered our prices to help offset this change.

Please note, we do not ship plants or garden supplies internationally from New Zealand. We do export plants and tissue culture materials from our overseas nursery, which requires a minimum order. Please contact us at hello@exoticanz.com to discuss your specific requirements.

Shipping (per plant)
Auckland & Northland: $20
Rest of North Island: $25
South Island: $35
Rural Address: Additional $5

Shipping Garden Supplies
Auckland & Northland: $10
Rest of North Island: $15
South Island: $20
Rural Address: Additional $5


  • Our plants are available for shipment throughout the year, depending on stock levels. Typical delivery times range from 5 to 7 business days, although they can take up to 10 business days depending on the destination.
  • We take extra care in packaging; most of our plants are secured in bespoke inserts and shipped in individual boxes to ensure they arrive undamaged.
  • Deliveries are scheduled once a week, typically on Monday. If you place your order over the weekend, we aim to dispatch your plants on the following Monday. This scheduling allows our team to prepare your order thoroughly and ensures the courier has sufficient time to deliver your plants safely, avoiding any unnecessary delays over the weekend.
  • All orders are shipped via courier track and trace service (not signature required)
  • We cannot deliver to PO Box addresses.
  • If you have a rural address, please contact us beforehand to discuss the best delivery options and avoid any potential issues.

Additional Delivery Information

  • We dispatch our plants year-round, as most are shipped with soil. During the winter months, we closely monitor weather conditions and may temporarily delay shipments if the weather is particularly severe. Our packing process includes adding insulation when necessary to protect the plants against temperature extremes.
  • In summer, we ensure that plants are thoroughly watered before they leave our nursery. Occasionally, we may need to ship plants bare-rooted, particularly when they cannot be comfortably re-potted into smaller packaging for shipping. We will always discuss this with you in advance if your plant needs to be shipped in this manner.
  • It's important to note that shipping can be a stressful experience for plants, often due to spending several days in a dark, confined space. While most plants withstand this with little to no stress, some may experience leaf drop. However, they generally recover quickly with some additional care, including proper watering and gradual reintroduction to light after arrival.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
J33 arrived fine

Arrived perfectly.

Josi Riddle

Plant arrived in fine order. Thank you so much.

Jenny Huriwai

So happy with the service, packaging and condition of my Jackfruit. It now (6 weeks later) has several new leaves and is thriving. Thank you

Lawrence Mantjika
Love my Sultan

Received the Sultan in perfect condition.
I was a bit worried, as it was in transit for 3 days with the courier. But the packaging and care taken was excellent!

Saumya Bernard

I was super impressed by the care you have given in for the packaging. You had packed the plant in such a way that it’s doesn’t get hurt and get enough air through its journey to me. Hats off Rose for the all the efforts. My first purchase definitely not the last. Cheers to more plants. Love Saumya

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