Sapindus Mukorossi, Ritha - Plant
Description for Sapindus Mukorossi, Ritha
It is a deciduous tree, growing to 25 m tall. Reetha leaves are long-stalked odd-pinnate. The flowers are small and greenish white, polygamous and mostly bisexual in panicles at the end of branches.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Reetha, Chinese Soapberry, North Indian soapnut, Washing nuts, Phenil||Greenish white||May to August||20 m||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Easily grown in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates high pH soils. Also, tolerates sandy or rocky soils. Self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. Plant bulbs in autumn.
|Full sun to part shade||Well-drained loam soil||Dry to medium||20C to 30C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Sapindus Mukorossi
- 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.
The fruit ripens by November to December.
Typical uses of Sapindus Mukorossi
Special features: Lawn specimen, small shade tree, patio tree or screen where winter hardy.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Treating migrane headaches, or for dermatological purposes such as using the seeds to remove skin impurities like pimples or eczema.