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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms Review

August 11, 2009 // Posted in Books (Tags: , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms (National Audubon Society Field Guides)Mushroom Field Guide Review

This is a really good Mushroom field guide for anyone wanting to hunt wild mushrooms. It is completely filled with details and images of various types of mushrooms and how to identify them.

The Salvia Divinorum Grow Tips

June 26, 2009 // Posted in Books, Medicinal, Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Growing The Sacred Salvia Divinorum

I just want my readers to know all of this information is coming from my personal experiences with growing this lovely lady Sally aka Salvia Divinorum. I will list the most important information first. Sally is not really a picky plant. It will adapt to its environment to an extent. It will not tolerate low temperatures for extended periods of time. It might recover if its down to 38-45F, however if it is left in that temperature range the top stems will turn black and the leaves will fall off. If this ever happens cut the plant back and take the potted Sally inside to a warm room. If the roots do not get damaged they will set shoots up the soil that look like baby Salvia’s, But its the same plant just recovering for dying back. Some believe that these are New strains, they will see them pot up out of the soil in there gardens and think its a new breed. I am sorry to inform the people that think this but its the same clone from the same roots.

Planting Conditions

Sally loves lots of Sun, But for the most part you want partial shade. Depending on where you live in the world the Suns light rays might be to intense for Sally. Her leaves will burn and the edges will start to brown if this is so.

I suggest to plant Sally into A garden with other plants that will help shade her from direct sun light. You will be able to trim the other plants/trees back when Sally gets big enough to shade herself somewhat. But I am not saying she can take Full Sun Light, Again this depends on where you live. If you go outside without a shirt or with any exposed skin and get A bad sun burn in only 15 minutes, then Sally will most likely not like full sun in your area.

Soil Conditions

Sally loves moist types of soil. Soil with a lot of Vermiculite, and Perlite make for a good moist soil that will not dry out as quick. You want to make sure the soil is moist yes but you don’t want to let it get water logged. Salvia can tolerate a lot of water but not water that is still. In other words if you plant Sally at the edge of a small steam with running water, She will grow great. But you do not want to plant her in a pond or anything with still water. Running water is the key, Helps to provider more oxygen to Sally as well as fresh nutrients that flow down the stream out of other soils.

Plant Food And Fertilizers

I would suggest the oh so popular miracle grow because its always available and its cheap. This will be able to feed your Sally very well.
She really like to have her miracle grow about once a week. If its later in the year or winter do not give her miracle grow but once a month if that. Although miracle grow is not really needed but once or twice in the winter because Salvia will be in a dormant stage, meaning she has stopped growing or shes growing very slowly. But while summer is still here, feed her once a week.

Watering

I mentioned most of the info on this subject but i will add this. Sally
loves to be watered as much as her can, however as long as the soil drains well. You can have a small Sally in a small pot with a plastic cup or similar item under the pot to catch the extra water that come out of the bottom. When the cup is full you can reuse the water for about 2 days. I would highly recommend if using this method to change the water every 2 days, because they water may get moldy or contaminated with some types of fungus including the oh so dreaded green mold.

Singing To Your Plants

I know this may sound dumb to most people but plants do love music and sounds. When plants are outdoors they hear birds singing and wind howling. I think this may play a roll in the growth of plants. I read online a lot of people are doing test with leaving there radio’s on in one room with plants and another room with silence. The plants with music tend to grow faster and look healthier. Now they are testing types of music. Classical and Metal seem to do well for some reason.

If i was to leave a radio on for my plants, I would go with classical.
Just because a lot of metal is angry and filled with hatred. Show Sally Love with nice clean music that promotes happy thoughts and feelings.

Method Of Taking Cuttings
Sally is a very forgiving plant. There are many ways to help her set her roots. When I first started really getting into plants. I had one Salvia Divinorum Plant. After about 5 months I had around 200 cuttings. There are keys tricks you have to do in order to produce lots of cuttings in shorter time periods

You start with one big health mother plants. You can use a sharp knife or raver blade your choice. You need to make sure the blade is very clean. You can use rubbing alcohol or really hot water to sterilize the knife. When you make your cut you want to do it at about a 45 degree angle. that seems to give more surface area promoting new roots.
You can then take the cutting and place it into a small glass with about a inch of water at the bottom. You need to change the water ever 1-2 days. The reason for this is old water will rot Sally’s Stem.
You can also use a fish tank Bubbler which helps 100% in promoting root growth.

Cloning Method Two
This method is really easy as well. Get a nice new pot with fresh moist soil. After you take your cutting rince the leaves and stem with running water. Then take a pen and make a hole in the soil, place sally in the hole. Very lightly push the soil together so that sally is in there good.

Other Cloning Tips

There is one more thing to promote roots and new growth. Take your raver or knife and cut the first or second leaf tip off your sally.You only want to take about half off. That way Sally will try to grow new leaves, And she cant do that till there is a strong root system.
Don’t get my wrong sally can grow leaves even if she doesn’t have roots but they are not gonna grow fast till the roots are set.

Stocking up on Cuttings The fast way
You start with one mother plant. Take as many cuttings as you can. Once they have good roots plant them in a big pot. You never want them to get root bound, This will stunt the growth rate. About every week repot them, then feed them. After about 3-4 months you should have 10-20 new mother plants. That is if you gave them lots of light and food. Now you should be on your way to taking tons of cuttings. However you could use this method again and take 50 or so more cuttings for mother plants only not for sale or give away.

With this method you should be able to make hundreds of plants.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave comments or feedback.
Thank You For Reading

Medicinal And Hallucinogenic Plants In Texas

June 25, 2009 // Posted in Ayahuasca, Books, Ethnobotanicals, Medicinal (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  2 Comments

Hello, My Readers

This is a list of known plants that I have found in the wild. I compiled this list from plants that I suspected medicinal or with other properties for everyone to have. The way I have compiled this list is simple really. Every time I would journey into field or woods, I would notice plants that have odd characteristics. In some cases they resembled other plants I already knew about.

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Ipomoea coccinea L
My first Discovery A vine in the Morning Glory Family. This vine is what I believe to be Ipomoea coccinea L aka The Little Red Morning Glory.

After all my research I found that there is little information about this plant online. I will describe this plant in the best way that I can. I found it growing strong on on A gate. It was just climbing up and the first thing i noticed was, Its a vine and It has morning glory shaped leaves. So I quickly took A Cutting And left to put it in water with a fish tank bubbler. After about one week this vine started rooting from the bottom of the vine where I took the cut. I placed it in a pot and added moist soil. After another week or so i noticed it was growing new small vines out of the old nods.
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Once these vines establish there roots well into the soil. They will shortly start growing rapidly. These little vines grow fast. I had it in my window seal and in one day the smaller vines grow 1 inch.

I have looked all over the net for information about this vine. A few sites suggested that the seeds contained LSA. This doesn’t mean its safe to assume for sure. There needs to be some test made first to confirm this idea as a fact.

Here is some of the information I found that may help to identify this vine.

Family – Convolvulaceae

Stems – Vining, twining, twisting, herbaceous, glabrous to sparsely pubescent at the nodes, to 3m long, angled.

Leaves – Alternate, petiolate. Petioles to +6cm long, glabrous to sparsely pubescent, with an adaxial groove. Blades cordate, ovate, acute to acuminate, entire to coarsely toothed, to 10cm long, 6cm broad, typically glabrous but with papillose hairs near the base by the petiole.

Flowering – July – October.

Habitat – Low, moist ground, stream banks, thickets, waste ground, disturbed sites, railroads, roadsides.

Origin – Native to tropical America.

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Desmanthus leptolobus
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This is a very nice plant with a lot of potential for Ayahuasca brews from what i read online. This plant is supposed to contain a bit higher
amounts of DMT, than its relative D.illinoensis.

The bark from the roots need to be stripped off immediately after you pull up the roots. Because once the roots are dry the bark is very difficult to strip.

You can find these small mimosa around roadsides that have some shade. If you think about this its kinda funny, because i found this plant about 5 minutes after I spotted the red morning glory just a bit further down the road.

So this plant should be useful to anyone making an Ayahuasca brew.
Although I do not recommend that because I do not have any information on how safe that can be. Only use plants you know that work. I am just giving the suggestion that this could be A very good source for the DMT used in these types of brews.

Rivea corymbosa aka Ololiúqui

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Ololiuqui is the name the Aztecs called the seeds, meaning little round things. Ololiuqui is not the name of the plant. Although some stores advertise this plant by that name. These seeds are the most common hallucinogen drug used by these natives of Mexico.

These plants are said to grow all over Texas, According to USDA. I personally have yet to find this plant in the wild, but the search is still on. I will keep you posted on everything i come into account with.
These seeds contain The hallucinogen LSA and are used for healing and shamanic practices. These seeds are very potent compared to its relatives the common morning glories. Ololiuqui SALE! 200 Seeds $15

Tree Morning Glory aka Ipomoea carnea
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The Ultimate Morning Glory Perennial Plant.

This is a very nice plant because it comes back every year. The Tree Morning glory Is said to be the most potent out of all Morning Glories in the world. It even has medicine/chemicals in the leaves, stems and seeds. Unlike other Morning Glories it may take a lot of seeds to do anything,

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There has been many counts where they refer to this plant as one of the loco weeds, Because the cattle and animals that would ingest this plant would become sleepy.

I have many more plants that I will be listing soon.
Keep Checking back. Thank

Salvia Divinorum: Shamanic Plant Medicine Book Review

June 24, 2009 // Posted in Books, Reviews, Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Salvia Divinorum: Shamanic Plant Medicine (Hallucinogens, Drugs, Psychedelics, Shamanism)

This is a shocking true story of how Salvia Divinorum came from a secret village in the deep jungle of Mexico. It has been used my Mazatek Shamans for thousands of years, so the history goes very far.