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Hi, We have been trying to locate a Soap Nut tree ( also known as Ritha Nut and Chinese Soapbery) in Australia and haven't been able to find one. Does anyone know where we could buy one from?? We live in the subtropics and have heard that they grow well in that climate.
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fruitist says...

http://www.soapnuts.co.nz/Plant-a-SoapNut-Tree%7C%7Clearn-how-to-grow-your-own-soap/Soapnuts/Grow-a-Soapberry-Tree-SAPINDUS-saponaria.html

On the left panel is the seeds link. Click on it. The saponaria sopecies is one of the 2 species permitted by ICON. The real mccoy mukorossi from India not permitted.

I think I have seen another of its close relatives in FNQ, one of the rarest plant and considered a holy grail by plant collectors.

BJ, if you are thinking of buying the 5 pack saponaria, please let me know.
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micarle says...

There is a very large old Sapindus mukorossi in the syd Botanic garden. It is located just inside the Henry Lawson gate!
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fruitist says...
Hi Micarle, thanks for the info. Any chance to look around under the tree and collect some seeds for a poor collector? Or the Friends have got some seedlings?
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micarle says...
I'm in my office as we speak, sitting next to the head arborist!!! He seems to think it has never had any nuts on it?? Could it be diecious?? I will go out now and see what i can find!!
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fruitist says...
Flowers are either male or female but both on the same tree. Very hot in Sydney, same here in Brisbane.
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fruitist says...
Or someone with itchy skin, dirty clothes and lice infected dandruffed hairs been collecting the fruits.
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speedy says...
I checked that tree last year for any signs that it may have fruited or flowered.
...couldn't see any.
It could be worth attempting to graft to another Sapindus species to secure it
in case another individual can be found to exchange pollen with.
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micarle says...
Yeah i've had a good look around for some seed, but there isn't any. I also spoke with the horts and arb team they have all seen it flower and there are old flower stems on the tree atm but no seeds!. i'm saving some cash to set up a heated/fog bench in a glasshouse so i can do some prop..
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fruitist says...
Thanks Speedy and Micarle for your info and help. I will ask my FNQ friends to see if they have the trees.

Micarle, when you set up your heated bench in the glasshouse, please don't forget to propagate some Lindera glauca cuttings.
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micarle says...
Mate i haven't forgoten!!!!!!!
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BJ says...
There are some seeds on the eBay now...
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micarle says...
I think Tradewinds have three different ssp
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krazykangaroo says...
You can't import them so you have to find a seed supplier in Aus.
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micarle says...
You can import some, Just not all of them!
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epiphany says...
As an aside, are the seeds you sometimes find in the soapnuts you can buy online for laundry purposes, etc, viable? I sometimes find them when I use them...
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kert says...
A cheap fogger would be humidifier/inhaler used medically for croup available at better pharmacies for $25.
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micarle says...
For germination???
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BJ says...
The eBay supplier is in Lismore...
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kert says...
Not for germination, Micarle ;use a vaporizer for cuttings eg blueberries.
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micarle says...
Oh yeah i see what your saying!! I'm going to put some cutting on bottom heat very soon! I think they should strike very easy, see what happens
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amanda says...
Jantina did u ever track down any soap nut seeds? Did anyone?
I jsut tried them for the first time and they actually worked...!?
How great would it be to be able to grow them ourselves and be free of commercial washing powders..?
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Jantina says...
I gave up on those Amanda because all the info seemed to indicate that it needed a much more tropical climate than I can provide, sigh, we can have a lot but maybe not everything!
I think there is another tree someone told me about but no luck tracking down seed yet.
How goes the new place? happy with your decision to move?
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Rabindra says...
Hello ,
If you like we can send you seed and you can try for its germination. We can send you plant too but its late. It will be easy to send the newly germinated plant inJuly.Please suggest.
Thanks
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Jowna says...
Hey guys!
Been reading all your comments - I'm after a soap tree too! Just tried out their pods as detergent and I'm tickled pink! I live in the nt and have plenty of acerage to plant some, just need to get my hands on some seeds of seedlings while I'm in NSW so I can take it home - takes 2-3 wks to post from the easy coast back home!

So.... Any sellers? :)
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Ki says...
I would also love to grow a soapnut tree so can we source seeds or seedlings in Australia and if so where and from whom?
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Corins says...
Hi guys, any luck on Soap nut, tree or seeds?? Im desperate for one also.
Cheers
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Ki says...
After one disastrous attempt to buy seeds from overseas which were destroyed by Quarantine I asked them which ones were allowed to be imported. These are Sapindus Saponaria and I bought 2 packets very inexpensively from Trade Winds Fruit online. I haven't germinated them yet but fingers crossed in some years I may be harvesting my own Soapberry.
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Corins says...
Keep us posted!!
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