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How To Care For Your Own Salvia Divinorum

October 22, 2009 // Posted in Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

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If you will be growing your own Salvia, you should read this. If you will not be growing your own, you may wish to skip this section.

Salvia divinorum is a semi-tropical perennial. That means that it can grow year after year, but only if it is not exposed to freezing temperatures. It is a green plant with large leaves and a distinctive thick, hollow, square green stem. It can grow several meters (yards) high if conditions are favorable. When it grows high enough, the branches will bend, or break, and may root if they come in contact with moist earth. Although Salvia divinorum can flower under natural lighting conditions, it almost never sets seed that will sprout. So the plant is almost always propagated by cuttings. The leaves are oval, weakly notched (serrated) and can be quite large (up to 9 inches in length). They are usually emerald green, but under some conditions, may be yellow-green or even yellow. They are covered with a fine coating of extremely short hairs (trichomes), giving the leaves a satin like velvety appearance in certain lights. The plants grow best in partial shade, in well-watered, but well-drained, soil. The roots must not be kept constantly soaked, or root-rot will set in and kill the plant.

Salvia divinorum can be grown indoors in any climate. It makes a beautiful house plant.

You can grow Salvia divinorum outdoors all year round if you live in a humid semi-tropical climate, with well-watered, but well-drained soil, with a high humus content. If you live in a colder or drier climate, you can still grow Salvia outdoors, weather permitting. But you may have to do it with some care, making sure it is protected from frost, watered frequently, and misted when humidity is low. Salvia will not live through freezing or drought. It can be grown outdoors in pots which can be brought indoors when it is cold (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). That way it can be grown outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.

Salvia will tell you when it is getting too dry: its leaves will droop. Be sure to water it at the first sign of mild drooping–do not let the plant become limp. The soil should drain well but should be kept moist. If planting Salvia in pots, make sure the pot is large enough to allow the plant to grow well. Although your available space will limit possible pot size, use the biggest pot that is practical. It must have drainage holes. Placing gravel (or broken up pieces of crockery) in the bottom of the pot will help promote drainage and thus discourage root-rot. Most commercial potting soil will work well. Adding Vermiculite® or Perlite® to the potting soil is helpful but not essential.

Salvia will need fertilizer. Any good general-purpose fertilizer will work. Fish emulsion is a good organic fertilizer choice, but because it has a very unpleasant odor, it is suitable only for outdoor use. Satisfactory results can be achieved with chemical fertilizer products. Some of them are:

Scott’s® All-Purpose Plant Food (18-13-13) lightly sprinkled on the soil about once every six weeks. Miracle-Grow® (15-30-15) or MirAcid® (30-10-10) added to the water once a week (1/4 tsp. per gallon). Peter’s® Professional Soluble Plant Food (15-30-15) 1/4 tsp. to gallon of water once per week.

If growing indoors, take the plants outdoors when it is warm enough, and let rain fall on them. This will prevent mineral salts from building up in the soil and killing your plant

Salvia divinorum can do well in a variety of different lighting conditions. It does best with a few hours of partial sunlight a day. It can do well when grown indoors near a window. It can handle more sun if kept well watered and misted frequently. It can also handle moderately deep shade. When changing the lighting conditions or the humidity conditions your plants are exposed to, do so gradually. Given enough time, Salvia is very adaptable, but it may take weeks to get used to a new environment.

Many pests can attack Salvia. Whitefly is a big problem for greenhouse grown plants. Aphids, slugs, caterpillars, thrips, spider mites, and scale insects can also damage your plants. Root-rot and stem-rot can be problems. Fungal spots can appear on leaves. It is not known which plant viruses attack Salvia divinorum, but probably some do, as many attack other sages.

Aphids and scale insects can be removed with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

Slug damage can be reduced by growing Salvia in pots on a raised deck or palette. Some may still get by and attack your plants. Keep an eye out for these slimy pests. One slug can eat an awful lot of Salvia! Beer can be used to attract and drown slugs. Set a saucer of beer in a slight depression in the ground; the surface of the saucer should be flush with the soil, so slugs can get in, get drunk, and drown.

Spider mites can be controlled by dissolving Castile soap in water and spraying the leaves, including the underside. Repeat at two-week intervals for three applications. Caution: there have been some reports of soap damaging leaves, so don’t use too much.

Your garden hose is your best friend in fighting most outdoor pests. Spray the leaves hard enough to blow the pests away, but not hard enough to damage the leaves. don’t forget to spray the underside of the leaves too. A fine mist nozzle works best for this.

Salvia divinorum is usually propagated by cuttings, not by seed. Cuttings may be rooted either in water or directly in soil. Here’s how:

ROOTING IN WATER:
Cut off a branch (4-8 inches long) bearing some leaves. Cut off the leaves that are attached to the lowest node on your cutting then immediately place it in about one and a half inches of water in a small water glass. Only one cutting is to be put in each glass, so if rot develops in one cutting it cannot spread to another.

It is best if the cutting is cut back to just below a node, since nodes are the places from which new roots are most likely to develop. While it is not necessary to make the cut here, doing so has the advantage that there will be no stem material dangling in the water below the node. This is important as the cut stem end is more likely to start to rot than is a node.

Make sure the cutting is made with clean shears, or a knife, so the cut stem does not get attacked by germs and fungi that could cause stem rot. Place it where it will get some filtered sunlight. Change the water daily. It may be a good idea to use cooled boiled water. If your water is chlorinated, boiling will drive off chlorine. Non-chlorinated water may be contaminated with plant disease germs, but boiling should kill these. Rooting in water is successful about 75% of the time (the rest of the time stem rot occurs and kills the cutting).

In two weeks roots will start to develop. When they are about 1/2-1 inch long, transplant to potting soil in a well-drained pot. Cover with a clear glass jar or clear plastic bag to serve as a humidity tent until the plant establishes its roots in the soil and appears vigorous (usually 1-2 weeks). Then gradually wean the plant from dependence on the humidity tent.

Some growers report that Salvia branches that break off spontaneously in summer are more likely to root successfully than those deliberately cut. Rooting in water outdoors may decrease the chance of stem rot occurring. apparently the UV light in unfiltered sunlight acts to kill germs or fungi in the water.

ROOTING IN SOIL:
Salvia can be rooted directly in soil. Materials needed:

* Potting soil.
* Two disposable plastic cups.
* Some Rootone® powder (this is a rooting hormone mixture that also contains a fungicide) it is available at most nurseries in the United States.
* A 1-gallon thin, transparent, polyethylene food storage bag.
* A rubber band.
* Water.

METHOD:
Punch some small holes in one of the cups for drainage. Fill the cup 2/3 the way up with potting soil. Using a pencil or a finger make a hole in the soil about 2 inches deep. The soil is now ready for your cutting. You must now prepare the cutting. With clean shears, cut off a length of stem from a healthy plant. Leave a few leaves (small ones) on top. Harvest the larger leaves from the cut-off stem. Immediately after cutting the stem, place it in clean water. Cut it back to just below a node, as roots will develop from the node. Keep the cut surface wet. Place the cut surface, and the stem for about 1 inch above the cut, into the rooting powder. Shake off the excess. Rooting powder is somewhat toxic, so wash your hands after handling it. Place the powder coated cutting in the hole in the soil. Gently push the soil around the cutting, holding it in place while filling in the hole. Water the planted cutting until some water runs out the drainage holes. Place the cup with the plant in it into the second plastic cup (which is there to catch any runoff water). You may want to put a small piece of wood or plastic in the bottom of the outer cup to act as a spacer. This allows enough space for excess water to drain. Place a 1-gallon clear plastic bag over the rooted cutting, using a rubber band to hold it in place. The rubber band should be outside the bag and the bag outside both cups. The Rubber band holds the bag against the cups. As the plastic bag acts to conserve moisture, frequent watering is not required. After several weeks you can transplant the now rooted plant to a larger pot.

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Salvia Divinorum Tincture’s

September 27, 2009 // Posted in Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Has anyone had any good experiences with the tintures ? I hear good things about them but they say to dilute the tinture before use. would that make a difference with the potency of the liquid ?

How about making your own extracts what is the best way to make your own tinctures. If anyone has any info feel free to post the text in a comment.

I will see what info I can find and post it soon.

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Salvia Divinorum Experience Quid Method Report

September 10, 2009 // Posted in Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

I am posting this information for people interested in the effects Salvia Divinorum using the quid method.

With my curiousity running wild I happend to come across 15 pairs of Freshly picked Salvia Divinorum leaves. Most of the leaves where about medium to large in size, with a few smaller leaves as well. I ran a bit of water over them to make sure they were clean.

I then counted out about 15 leaves. I rolled the leaves till they resembled a tube. I took the roll of leaves and started to bite small amounts off and chew it up. After i had both cheeks full of leaves I decided to keep chewing ever so often while holding in the green juices.

After around 10-15 minutes I started to nnotice the effects of the leaves. It came on slow with a very nice warm feeling that over took my body. At about the 20 minute mark I shood up and walked around a bit. I noticed by walking around I felt and looked as if i were in a drunken state. I had trouble keeping my balance.

My thoughts started to race. I was thinking up a storm of ideas about things I thought about earlier in the day. I began to wonder what another quid would added to the effect.

I then began to roll up the other 15 leaves. I started chewing off small bites again. Once my mouth was full i couldn’t manage to fit another bite. I was then affraid i couldn’t hold it all in. I started chewing the leaves while my mouth felt as if it was full of the green juices from the leaves.

Around 15 minutes I started to feel like I wanted to relax and lay in bed. I tried to set up for as long as I could. After around 5-10 more minutes i decided I was where i wanted to be. I  then spit the rest of the quid outside. The spit was very green and a bit slimmy. I would try to avoid getting it on your clothes because I would imagin it would stain.

I felt as if I were in a dream or atleast a very dreamy state of mind. I felt that I could think about anything with great ease and imagin the outcome of a situation in my head before I really examined the possibility’s.

I knew that if I would of done one more quid or held the last one a while longer I might have went for full blown Spiritual Journey. I thought to myself there is always next time. This time was just a test to see how extreme the experience would get. I didnt want to use to much on the first time.

Thanks for reading

Any Comments Are Welcome.

SalviaFan

Salvia Divinorum And Deep Meditation

September 7, 2009 // Posted in Salvia Divinorum (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

Salvia Divinorum can be useful for deep meditation. If your interested in releaving stress due to a bad job or anything in life that leaves one with a lot of stress. This is a very good practice.

I would recommend starting at a low dose and working your way up. The preferred method by most people that want to get the most out of the experience would be to chew the fresh or hydrated leaves.

If you are using dried leaves you would want to place them in some warm water for about 30-50 minutes. Leave them submerged in the water till the leaves hold a good bit of water.

After you leaves are hydrated you could shake most of the water off and add honey to make the taste a bit better.

For some people they need to add honey others don’t mind the taste. Depending on what strain of Salvia Divinorum your using the bitter taste might vary from batch to batch or strain to strain.

I would recommend leaving the leaves in your mouth while chewing them every so often for around 15-30 minutes. Depending on how intense you want the effects to be.

If a powerful effect is needed then keep taking the old leaves out and adding new ones. Hold the juices then spit them all out when the desired effects are archived

Let me know what you think
Thanks for reading
,SalviaFan

Potency Of Morning Glories and Related Plants

August 29, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

………………. LAA% Total Alks. % by weight
Heavenly Blue: 0.01 0.02
Pearly Gates: 0.02 0.03
Wedding Bells: 0.01 0.03

Kratom Clone Rooting Successful

August 1, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals, Kratom (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

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Lagochilus Inebrians Seedling aka Turkish Mint

July 14, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals, Lagochilus Inebrians, Medicinal, Videos (Tags: , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

This is a very interesting plant indeed. This Turkish mint is said to cause a sedated euphoric state. This is a rare view of a seedling. The viable seeds are somewhat hard to come by most of the time. If anyone has any pictures or info on growing this plants feel free to get in contact with me. But for now check out this rare video of a seed sprouting.

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Kratom Cutting Method Two Part Two

July 9, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals, Kratom, Medicinal, Videos (Tags: , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

This Is Part Two of the video.

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Rooting A Kratom Cutting

July 8, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals, Kratom, Medicinal, Videos (Tags: , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

This one is the first cutting from my mother plant/tree. I took a 2 nod cutting and stripped the first 2 leaves off. I then rinsed it in fresh water and stuck it in the rooting hormone takeroot. Then i placed it in a piece of a cup that i cut to size. I added more water and misted the 1 gallon ziplock bag, put the cutting inside and zipped it almost all the way shut, then blew it up with air and shut it. If you have any advice or suggestion please feel free to comment. Subscribe to my videos at
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Illinois Bundleflower aka Desmanthus illinoensis Growing Outside

July 4, 2009 // Posted in Ethnobotanicals, Medicinal (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ) |  No Comments

I had bulk amount of these seeds from my plants last year, So i just started planting them everywhere. These plants are great they will grow almost anywhere in any soil. As long as they can get water and the sun isn’t to intense for the leaves they will grow well.
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