Banisteriopsis caapi v. tucunaca – Ayahuasca Vine (seed)
$11.00 – $18.70
Banisteriopsis caapi is the vine from which the South American hallucinogenic and healing brew ayahuasca is made. Family Malpighiaceae. Ayahuasca is a Kechua term for the drink made from this vine and translates to ‘Vine of the Soul’, referring to the freeing of the spirit. Also called yage, Caapi or Vine of the Dead.
We get a few inquiries about the expected viability and storage life of Banisteriopsis caapi seeds. The general (incorrect) assumption that has been repeated on the internet, is that they are viable for 6 months only and after that date, they are non-viable; dead, buried, cremated. We have not found this to be the case with properly stored seeds and expect seeds to have a good viability up to 1 year and beyond. We would expect seeds to have a life of between 1-2 years under ideal conditions.
Care and Cultivation of Banisteriopsis caapi
Sow Banisteriopsis caapi seed just under the surface of a rich medium or coarse sand, depending on your preference. Cover only the ‘head’ of the seeds leaving the ‘wing’ above soil level. Water in and place in a warm humid environment. Germination should start at 14-21 days. Transplant once seedlings begin to crowd each other.
Banisteriopsis caapi likes rich and moist soil in part shade to full sun. Frost and drought sensitive. Likes a lot of root space. Fertilise well over the growing season. Keep trimmed along a fence for an excellent screening hedge plant.
5 or 10 seeds per packet (variety tucunaca)