Sapindus Mukorossi, Ritha



It contains saponin, which has natural cleansing properties, and therefore the soapnut can be used as a cleanser for hair, skin, and clothing.

It is a deciduous tree with a globose crown, it usually grows up to 12 meters tall, but can reach up to 25 meters. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 60cm in diameter.

The plant has been used by local peoples for thousands of years as a source of saponins that can be used for cleaning clothes etc. It is also harvested from the wild for local use as food, medicine, and a source of materials. The tree is often cultivated in gardens, by temples, and along roadsides in China and the Indian subcontinent, both as an ornament and also as a source of soap and as a medicine. The seeds are commonly sold in local markets.

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Common Name Reetha, Chinese Soapberry, North Indian soapnut, Washing nuts, and Phenil
Maximum Reachable Height 25 meters
Flower Colour Greenish white
Bloom Time May to August
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting And Care

Select an area with dappled sunlight or partial shade.

Keep the soil of the soapberry moist, but not waterlogged.

Allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Choose a spot with full sun exposure for a mature plant.

Apply a balanced, general-use fertilizer according to the need.

Prune the plant every year to maintain the shape and size of the tree.

Prune the damaged and diseased branches.
Sapindus Mukorossi Care
It can easily be propagated by seeds. Rub the surface of the Sapindus mukorossi seed with fine-grit sandpaper to weaken its coat. Soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours before sowing. Select an area with full sunlight or partial shade in which to grow your soapberry seedling.

This plant prefers warm climates. Fill a large pot with potting or germinating soil and bury the Sapindus mukorossi seed down to about 1 inch. It’s best to plant this tree in spring or summer. Use one pot per plant. Keep the soil of the Chinese soapberry moist, but not waterlogged. Allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Transfer the seedling to well-drained loamy soil after about three months. Choose a spot with full sun exposure. Gently remove the soapberries root ball from the pot. Dig a hole deep enough for the root system and twice as wide, carefully spreading out the roots of the plant with your fingers. After that water, the plant regularly until it establishes.

Sunlight Full sun to part shade
Watering Dry to medium
Soil Well-drained loam soil
Temperature 20-30 degrees C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer
Harvest Season The fruit ripens by November to December.

Sapindus Mukorossi Special Feature
It is a plant of Hasta Nakshatra.
Sapindus Mukorossi Uses
Ornamental Use:

  • Used as a Lawn specimen, small shade tree, patio tree, or screen where winter is hardy

Medicinal Use:

  • Treating migraine headaches, or for dermatological purposes such as using the seeds to remove skin impurities like pimples or eczema
  • Use only as per doctors prescription


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