Psychotria Viridis (Chacruna) Seeds – Hawaii
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Now offering seed from Hawaiian-grown chacruna. . We’ve identified the mother plants to be psychotria viridis. A surprising number of plants sold in the U.S. are misidentified as psychotria alba, which is more common and easier to grow. Growing psychotria from seed is not easy, but you can be guaranteed you will have the correct species. After you gain your own plants, you can easily propagate new ones from stem cuttings and even leaf cuttings. A single leaf can root and sprout more then one plant! Each lot contains fully cleaned mature seeds. Also offering psychotria alba seeds and rooted leaf cuttings.
Psychotria viridis is a tropical evergreen native to the Amazon jungle. This member of the rubiaceae family is related to coffee and has glossy green foliage that gives the two a similar appearance. Psychotria viridis grows to about fourteen feet in the wild, but tends to be a bit smaller in cultivation. It can also be pruned and grown as an indoor plant. The pruned stems and even a single leaf can be rooted to propagate new plants during this process. Psychotria viridis likes filtered sunlight, and so it does well indoors. If kept outdoors year round or if moved out for the warmer months, this plant will develop whitish-green flowers that are replaced by berries that start out green, then turn orange and eventually turn bright red. The berries each contain two seeds. Psychotria viridis is also known as chacruna in South America. It is valued by plant collectors for its sacred connection to various Indian tribes in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia.
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Now offering seed from Hawaiian-grown chacruna. . We’ve identified the mother plants to be psychotria viridis. A surprising number of plants sold in the U.S. are misidentified as psychotria alba, which is more common and easier to grow. Growing psychotria from seed is not easy, but you can be guaranteed you will have the correct […]
Psychotria viridis – Chacruna ‘Shipibo’ (seed)
Psychotria viridis is a member of the Rubiaceae (Coffee) family from South America, traditionally used in the healing Ayahuasca brew. The word Chacruna derives from the Quechua word chaqruy which means ‘to mix’. It is added to Ayahuasca brews to increase the light and changes the style, visions are often in richer colours, different than when only Banisteriopsis caapi is used alone.
Psychotria viridis contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychoactive substance found across the plant kingdom in many family, genera and thousands of species (large numbers of Australian Acacia species contain DMT), often only as trace amounts. In Psychotria viridis it is found in the leaves at concentrations varying from 0.1 – 0.61% with traces of other tryptamines (Ratsch 1998).
This variety has been in Australia for many decades and is of Peruvian Amazonia origin, being used by the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people for medicine and ayahuasca.
Care and Cultivation of Psychotria viridis
Sow Psychotria viridis seeds just under the surface of a well drained seed raising mix. Keep moist but not overly wet. Keep in a warm place. Seedlings will emerge in 2-6 months and can be potted up once crowding starts.
Relatively fast growing, Psychotria viridis prefers a shady, moist, well-drained site. Should be grown in warmer conditions, however we find Chacruna to be quite tolerant of temperatures in the single digits and our motherplants are kept outside over winter. Grows 1 – 1.5 metres tall and in width. Fertilise regularly over the warmer months.
We harvest our own seeds each year, in late winter-spring.
20 seeds per packet
1 review for Psychotria viridis – Chacruna ‘Shipibo’ (seed)
Seeds arrived well packaged and quickly. first germination occurred after 3.5 months in a seed raising mix and humidity dome. Seedling is strong and showing vigor, absolutely stoked with these seeds. Thankyou!
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