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Banisteriopsis Caapi has a long history of traditional religious, medical and cultural use in ceremonies in South-America and is one of the main ingredients in ayahuasca.
B. caapi seeds germinate by putting the feather-like seeds in a soil mix of peat or CocoPeat at high temperatures and air humidity. Do not make the soil soaking wet or the seeds will rot.
Germination starts in 2-3 weeks usually.
Banisteriopsis caapi is the main ingredient in the sacred brew Ayahuasca. With these B. caapi seeds, you can cultivate the vine yourself.
|Genus:||Banisteriopsis (banis-ter-ee-OP-sis) (Info)|
Vines and Climbers
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Sun to Partial Shade
over 40 ft. (12 m)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Where to Grow:
Can be grown as an annual
Suitable for growing in containers
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Late Winter/Early Spring
Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Orange Springs, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ravenel, South Carolina
On Apr 27, 2020, blessedclones from Salamonia, IN wrote:
was looking around for decent selected clones of this plant but could find it anywhere. finnaly found website called clonebay.us where you can find local growers and buy directly from them!
On May 6, 2019, Jbz711 from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I was gifted a small cutting over a year ago, and once it was warm enough I planted it in the ground next to a wooden fence, in medium shade. All summer it hardly put on any growth, until I cut back some of the branches shading it. In the winter, I expected it to die back, but the most of the leaves stuck around until March of this year before falling off in the third hard freeze it had endured. I expected it to not have made it, because it appeared never to have gone dormant, and I eventually cut the vine back to the ground to harvest its material. Just now I’ve observed fresh shoots coming from the stump, so it is cold hardy in the ground in 8b Austin given sufficient protection. Very excited to establish additional specimens. I should mention that I have a pond in the backyard tha. read more t may help with humidity or temperature, but the pond is not near the B. Caapi, so it’s a limited effect.
On Oct 20, 2015, TCortese from Elmhurst, PA wrote:
I’ve been growing Banisteriopsis and Alicia for over a decade in PA with great success indoors. The two genera and every specie included that I’ve been able to find are all very simple plants to grow. They make wonderful houseplants and is of course a must have for any entheogenic garden. Thought I might add my experience.
Seeds must be fresh. Germination can take as long as six months, this is more true with Alicia than Banisteriopsis, but I’ve had stubborn Banisteriopsis’ that take four to five months to pop up (rusbyana comes to mind). Germination is best handled in coarse sand kept moist with bottom heat and very high humidity, gladware containers are great. Vermiculite can be used but is more prone to cobweb which is easily handled via the usual methods (H2O2/H2O 1:5). read more , seeds should be soaked for 15 minutes in a dilute H2O2 before sowing. Drying the seeds thoroughly and putting them in the fridge for a week or so might encourage some difficult seeds to sprout. Established seedlings are moved to slightly acidic, well draining soil while maintaining humidity.
Cuttings can also be rooted in sand, vermiculite, soil, or simply in a glass of water. Personally I wrap the piece in a paper towel and place in a ziplock. They benefit only slightly from added auxin. I’ve tried IAA, IBA, and NAA, the only truly noticeable difference in strike rates came from placing the cuttings in a glass along with a piece of willow. Small woody pieces root easiest, a piece about as thick as a pencil with two nodes is the perfect size in my experience, but this varies with certain species. Strike rates for me are around 60%, don’t give up on a cutting until after six months. Propagation on culture medium is obviously preferable if available.
Established plants do not require much light, but will thrive if given full sun. This can actually become an issue as I had a B. muricata (one of the more interesting species of banisteriopsis as the leaves contain significant amounts of The Light) that went from 3ft to over 7ft within one summer! Pot bound plants die very quickly, make sure it has plenty of room. Don’t overfeed, off the shelf plant food at half strength once a month is fine. Established plants can also be acclimated to less humid conditions, but growth tends to slow. They can tolerate some cold, but a frost will quickly kill them.
Amazing house plant, I highly recommend it!
Itheus: There is nothing even REMOTELY “recreational” about the beverage and one doesn’t need a shaman to bring something meaningful back from the experience. I don’t know of anyone who “abuses” ayahuasca, it is very difficult to abuse any hallucinogen due to the rapid, short lived tolerance they cause.
It sounds like you have ready access to the plant, why not consume some before speaking against it out of ignorance? Even without a source of DMT, caapi is QUITE active by itself and worth trying. If not, I recommend you hold your tongue in the future before a teen/someone who has no respect for the plant finds your post and orders some off the internet only to hurt themselves or others thinking that it is a “drug” worth abusing. This sort of narrow mindedness really upsets me.
On Jun 22, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
This rainforest climber thrives in partial sunlight, heat, and high humidity in a consistently moist medium. It can be container grown and overwintered indoors in temperate climates, and will continue to grow so long as it is given a large pot, a well lit location in a warm spot with humidity >50%. When conditions become dry, it behaves as if it is going dormant, and will defoliate to retain moisture. Give it a daily “rain” by thoroughly spraying with water, and new growth soon appears. Frequent pruning of the tips will control height and encourage lateral growth. It survives as a houseplant when in a suitably large container and given the space and height to sprawl.
On Apr 22, 2012, Parageo from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
I have three types (based on what I ordered not through some sort of verification.. I need to look more into that). They are just rooted cuttings but beginning to grow in container up the little stakes I have in the containers. I give them full shade most of the time but occasionally put them out in the full sun for a few hours when I have time to make sure it won’t dry out. I am in Louisiana so the humidity is strong and warm but being in full sunlight would dry them out fast over the coarse of the day.
I do have a question those who have had success growing this plant to a large size how long does it take before the vines get fairly thick in circumference? At this point they are still very thin with the original stalk being about the size of a pencil and the new vines not. read more much larger than a coffee stir.
On Apr 17, 2011, SaintJoan wrote:
Is it possible to grow B. caapi as a houseplant in places with severe winter frosts and, therefore, central heating?
On Jun 11, 2010, Kalpavriksha from Sarasota, FL wrote:
Remember reading on cold medications, “Do not take if you’re on a MAO inhibitor.” This is a MAO inhibitor. This plant is combined with Psychotria viridis and various other entheogens and taken by shamans. This is the one time the doctor takes the medications to cure the patient!
A very specific died must be followed when shamans take this.
Makes beautiful vine pieces. I have one 8 ft section 3″ in diamater that looks like it’d be Gandalf’s staff. The mature vine sections are woody and also make great dried arrangement foundations. They have vertical grooves.
On May 21, 2009, Itheus from Portland, ME wrote:
I’ve also had good success indoors, but have heard first hand accounts of well established B. caapi vines surviving frosts overnight; nonetheless I agree, it’s probably not wise to let it get too cold.
Also, it’s worth noting the value of this houseplant OUTSIDE the realm of it’s role in the shamanic tradition. It’s a fast growing, enjoyable foliage plant, and need not be abused for it’s alkaloid content. When taken in combination with any DMT containing plant, like P. viridis, but without a shaman, it’s nothing more than a necessary counterpart to a recreational drug.
On Feb 27, 2006, Michaelp from Piney Flats, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Also known as YAGE, The principal ingredient in the drink Ayahuasca, used by South American Shaman. The other plant used is Psychotria virdis, The vine can grow very large and reach to the top of the rain forest trees. The Picture I uploaded is of a plant growing in my greenhouse, I don’t supose it would be cold tolerant enough to grow outside here. It has taken 4 years for the plant to reach the size pictured.
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