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Sceletium varians – Kanna (seed)

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Sceletium varians is an attractive member of the Sceletium genus, sometimes known as Sceletium subvelutinum. Sceletium varians has thickened roots which may be useful for succulent bonsai and for producing Kanna/Kougoed, as it has an interesting chemical make-up.

Sceletium species contain mesembrine-type alkaloids (simple indole alkaloids) at concentrations ranging from 0.05-2.3% of the dry product (Van Wyk & Wink, 2004)

Care and Cultivation of Sceletium varians

Sceletium varians seeds should be sown in Autumn/Winter in a cacti/succulent or general potting mix just under the surface. Fluctuating temperatures are best, ie. high day and low night temperatures. Keep moist until germination after 14-21 days. Leaching through running water is supposed to increase germination rate, although we find germination to be fine without this treatment.

This species grows naturally in areas that have either summer or winter rainfall. Sceletium varians grows in autumn, winter and spring and likes to be hibernated over the hot summer months. Needs a sandy/loam mixtures. Does better in part-shade. S. varians survives much better than the other Sceletium species due to succulent roots.

These seeds are gathered from cultivated plants in Australia and are not wild harvested from their natural range where they are now restricted.

20 seeds per packet


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