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Psychotria germination and growing
    #3337897 - 11/09/04 05:31 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

This is not meant to be the definative tec on growing these plants, just a few basics to get you started. BTW, the berries I sent out may have been slightly squashed in the mail but they will germ just fine. The seeds inside are very tough and do not break easily.

First, start with fresh seeds or berries, old seeds are no good. I usually soak them in some peroxide for a few minutes to kill off any mold but that's not really vital. Put the berry or seeds into the soil about 1/4" down. I usually use a small pot with potting soil. You need to keep them moist until they come up so plastic wrap over the top is good. It will take from 1 week to a couple months before they start coming up. A few may take longer than that.

When you have your sprouts come up the next step is to grow them. They like bright light but not direct sunlight. Direct sun won't kill them but they do better with indirect sun or shade. They grow well indoors. They can be killed by freezing so take them in when it gets cold. They like frequent watering but don't keep the soil wet all the time. Let it dry out before watering again. If you see the leaves drooping, you let them go too long. For ferts you can use a number of things. I use peter's 20 20 20 and it works fine. You can tell by the color of the leaves if they need ferts. A nice deep green means they are fine. Yellowing, particularly on a lot of leaves means they likely need ferts. There are other things that could cause yellowing. They like a ph of around 5 but can be happy with 4 to 7. Top them and they put out new branches. As they get bigger, repot them into larger containers. They will tend to put out new shoots from the base as they get bigger. Cuttings root easily.

They are forgiving if you should take off some leaves but don't strip them bare if you want to keep growing them. Taking all the leaves will shock the plant and slow growth by a lot. You can shear a sheep many times but you can skin him only once. Store the leaves you take in a dark place after you've dried them. Oh, and they do contain dmt, which makes them interesting. There are extraction tecs on this site and elsewhere. To bioassay the leaves in a tea you will need a maoi. Syrian rue works fine, caapi vine, harmala or other sources. I happen to have all those things for trade if you can't find them elsewhere. My bushes are still bearing and I will have some fresh berries to trade for the next couple weeks or so.

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Re: Psychotria germination and growing [Re: Stonehenge]
    #3338755 - 11/09/04 09:08 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Very good info Stonehenge! Very precise...
I would like to add that after they germinate and start to grow some parasites might start to attack (fliers or bugs farmed by ants), it's good to have something ready to counter attack...
I have been using ladybugs but i have my tobacco water ready just in case...


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Re: Psychotria germination and growing [Re: felixhigh]
    #3339358 - 11/10/04 12:06 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

What about an artificial lighting regime (and temperature)? Oh and you can buy psychotria viridis leaves @ amazing-nature.com. I have an interesting tape by Terence McKenna on the subject of smoking DMT (and toad "abuse" amongst other things), which I've considered putting on to chrome dioxide and offering to shroomerites, for a small fee of-course (wolf's got to eat!).

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Re: Psychotria germination and growing [Re: Stonehenge]
    #3340299 - 11/10/04 07:34 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I agree on the cuttings.  I have never lost a cutting yet....100% take so far.

What's even better is you can grow new plants from fresh leaves also.  I tried this out and have a sea of baby plants. :laugh:

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Re: Psychotria germination and growing [Re: Aelph]
    #3340318 - 11/10/04 07:43 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks for the info!


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Re: Psychotria germination and growing [Re: Funkey]
    #3340757 - 11/10/04 11:33 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Hey Bro,

This is exactly the kind of post I want to read. Maybe I'll have some khat seeds to trade with soon? I love this forum. It kicks ass. Keep up the good work.


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