Everything About Growing Semecarpus Anacardium

Last Updated: 11.03.2024

Semecarpus Anacardium is an important plant, popular for its uses in sexual medications. Let’s have a look at how you can grow it!

Semecarpus Anacardium

Have you ever wondered about the fascinating world of botanicals and the vast array of plants that exist on our planet? From towering trees to tiny shrubs, each one has its unique characteristics and uses. In this blog post, we will explore one such plant species, Semecarpus Anacardium, and delve into its growth, properties, and potential benefits.

About Semecarpus Anacardium

Semecarpus Anacardium is a plant species native to India and Southeast Asia. It belongs to the family Anacardiaceae, which also includes cashews, mangos, and pistachios. Its fruit is a nut that is used for medicinal purposes in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine.

The oil extracted from the nut is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments such as skin diseases, arthritis, and digestive disorders. The extracts show various activities like antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-reproductive, CNS stimulant, hypoglycemic, anticarcinogenic, and hair growth promoter. This research reviews the various activities of the plant.

Note: Due to its potential toxicity, Semecarpus Anacardium should only be used under the guidance of a qualified health practitioner. 

Botanical Name: Semecarpus Anacardium 

Common Names: Marking nut, Bhilawa tree, or Malayan apple nut 

Propagating Semecarpus Anacardium 

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From Seeds

  • Collect the ripe fruits of Semecarpus anacardium when they fall from the tree. 
  • Remove the outer fleshy covering of the fruit to reveal the seed. 
  • Soak the seed in water for 24 hours to soften the hard outer shell. 
  • Plant the seed in a well-draining potting mix, burying it about 1 inch deep. 
  • Keep the soil moist and place the pot in a warm and humid location with indirect sunlight. 
  • The seed should germinate in about 2-4 weeks. 

From Stem Cuttings

  • Take a 6-8 inch long stem cutting from a healthy Semecarpus anacardium tree. 
  • Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only a few at the top. 
  • Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone powder. 
  • Plant the stem cutting in a well-draining potting mix, burying it about 2 inches deep. 
  • Water the cutting and cover the pot with a plastic bag to maintain humidity. 
  • Place the pot in a warm and bright location with indirect sunlight. 
  • The cutting should root in about 4-6 weeks. 

Requirements to Grow Semecarpus Anacardium 


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Semecarpus Anacardium requires full sunlight to grow well. It needs at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight every day in order to thrive. If it does not receive enough sunlight, it may become stunted and produce smaller fruits or nuts.

It is important to plant Semecarpus Anacardium in an area with plenty of sunlight and to avoid planting it in shaded or partially shaded areas. 


The plant grows best in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be slightly acidic with a pH range of 6.0-6.5. The plant prefers soil that is moist but not waterlogged.

Avoid soils that are heavy or compacted, as this can lead to poor drainage and root rot. 


Semecarpus Anacardium prefers consistent moisture in the soil, but it is essential not to overwater the plant. Water the plant thoroughly once a week, and allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.

In general, the plant should not be allowed to dry out completely between watering. 

Temperature and Humidity  

Semecarpus Anacardium prefers warm and humid conditions. The plant thrives in temperatures ranging from 20-35°C (68-95°F) and does not tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. The plant can be grown indoors in areas with cooler climates as long as it is placed in a warm and humid location. 

This plant prefers high humidity levels. If the air is too dry, the plant may suffer from leaf drop and stunted growth. To maintain humidity levels around the plant, you can place a tray of water near the plant or use a humidifier. 

Semecarpus Anacardium Care 


Semecarpus Anacardium does not require a lot of fertilizer. However, you can apply a balanced fertilizer once every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer) to encourage healthy growth.

Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to leaf burn and other problems. 


Pruning Semecarpus Anacardium is not necessary, but you can prune the plant to control its size and shape. It should be done during the dormant season (winter), and you should avoid pruning during the growing season (spring and summer) as this can damage the plant.

Use sharp and clean pruning tools to avoid transmitting diseases. 

Pests and Diseases  

Semecarpus Anacardium is generally a hardy plant and does not suffer from many pest and disease problems. However, the plant may occasionally be affected by pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. You can control these pests by using insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

It can also be susceptible to fungal diseases such as leaf spot and powdery mildew. You can prevent these diseases by ensuring good air circulation around the plant and avoiding overwatering.

If your plant becomes infected, you can treat it with a fungicide. 

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Uses of Semecarpus Anacardium  

In traditional medicine, various parts of the Semecarpus Anacardium tree are popular to treat a variety of ailments, including rheumatism, paralysis, and skin diseases. People also use its seed oil for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.  

In addition to its medicinal uses, Semecarpus Anacardium is also used in traditional dyeing and tanning processes, and wood is used for making furniture and other household items. The tree is also cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks due to its attractive foliage and fruits. 

Semecarpus Anacardium is a fascinating tree with a rich history of traditional uses, but caution must be exercised when handling its highly toxic parts. 

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