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  1. sagiXsagi

    Acacia acuminata seedlings * tips+suggestions inquiery

    Well despite no replies, the 'ephedra treatment' seems to have worked! I am so happy to announce that I have 2 narrow leaf and 2 regular plantlets that are well into going pubescent. Unlike previous attempts that never reached this stage.. So kudos to me. no photo right now. Well I didn't do much - the very early transplant to a very big pot propartionally with the previous , the winter it spent wet on the roof and the full sun must have done its thing.. But it sure took some time.. The stems seemed to curve a lot before they reached a point they exploded into growth. Well I also kept an eye on, but I guess the big pots made it more difficult to mistakenly let it dry more than it should. I guess the next thing to ask is what is the lowest temp they tolerate when wet, as I am thinking of planting them in the ground, 900m altitude. along with some ephedras.
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    harmala alkaloids & pollination

    that's pretty interesting! thanks for sharing... but the portion I read, doesnt seem conclusive, especially the 2 mini experiments done with test tubes, described somewhere...
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    Another paper

    Very interesting paper, thread and discussion, good ol sab shit. I admit that I dont like very much the 'psychedelic theist' point of view of things, and that I am annoyed that lots of ethno-drug people have been saying for years that the "DMT in the brain thing" is a proven scientific fact. So, I am definately negatively predisposed to a Strassman paper. Go Barker!
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    Brugmansia microdosing

    I am not sure an ointment is a micro dose. That said, I will not speak about micro dosing either. There's a cool way to try the beast that tropanes is, that is smoking them. Even better smoking them in combo with alcohol (wine - beer) . Yep it makes a great synergy. So I am with Bardo in this one, only I have done it very rarely, if at all, for sure not for days in a raw. I think henbane *Hyoscyamus sp* is both the best tasting when smoking and the most pleasant of them all due to slightly different alkaloid profile. You can really have a safe-net when smoking , but you should over do it. Effects are relativly rapid when smoking, so stop when you start having dry mouth and dry eyes. These are the signals that tell you "OK, you messed a bit with the devils plants, not stop it" . Depending on various factors, you should be able to smoke 2-3 small hanbane joints before you need to stop. Same drill goes with traditional pilsener beer made with henbane seed. There's a max number of beer you can drink. I really want to do this someday. Problem with all these discussions on ethno boards is that most people are of the psychedelic mentality. Devils plants are not like this though.. They have indeed a 'dont give a shit' mentality even if you are not into delirious stages. That's why it seems to synergise so well with alcohol. Alcohol also has a "dont give a shit' thing when you have drunk a couple. So its not a surprise that lots of psychedelic mentality people say "stay away" . Well, many of them have been in delirious states themselves from overdosing so many that say 'stay away' did not have the cautiousness to go slow and see the beast in mild form. Anyways some people just cant get this thing. So remember you might be one of them. In this vein its also not surprising, that in my experience in ethno boards, the few people that had indeed a connection with tropanes, had experimented with them, knew the score, had a knowledge, where not the psychedelic theist type. No. They were dudes that unlike psychedelic theists / afficionados, they liked alcohol, they had extended experience with amanita muscaria and often other dissociatives. So, different things for different folks, try to learn what the beast is about before you go to meet it. Be safe.
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Also it seems my "gerardiana sikemensis" are not at all gerardianas. The same goes - I think - for Thunderhorsey 's gerardiana sikemensis. I believe they are all distachya. I have concluded that a lot of distachya have been sold as gerardiana sikemensis from both german and english nurseries. So if you are in europe and own a gerardiana sikemensis, you'd better think again, because you propably have a distachya. So despite I havent yet got a true gerardiana, my understanding is that it should look like equisetina, or sinica if you dont have an access to equisetina. equisetina seems to be bluer and I think gerardiana is also supposed to be glaucus in most cases. It took me some time but I figured it out: this plant (distachya) when is big enough , is really faster in growth, makes suckers like crazy and creates wider stems. It also can handle much richer soil in nutricients - it also seems to stress first when in extreme heat and direct sun, compared to most other species I have experience with.
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    it is general thought that putting pebbles around any ephedra plant is a must, so it might be similar with sand - sand could even be better. . At first I thought sinica was a stubborn and more difficult species, but in time I am seeing its not that hard. I hope one of them will be femal so I can get seed. I already got two males.
  7. Ι remember there were reports of a percent of variegation in some seed batches of Banisteriopsis. I could find that thread. I am not sure if this is a real variegation or something else, but boy some of these leaves are amazing !!! Has anyone else his plant doing it? the plant seems to throw randomly variegated parts, and I think not all of them have the same degree of variegation.
  8. I knew of that amazing chipophone guy.. the appregiators and general design is really something
  9. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    ephedra chilensis bud/cone! making it the 3rd species I reach to cone-forming age from seed, after local foeminea and sinica. I will provide the times with the next retrospect update , as I feel another retrospect update report is building at this time Determination, persistance, passion and community friends with tips and gifts got me where I am - not a "proper soil" . Epehedras are doable and can be done in a range of climates it seems
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Wow! Lots of activity , a few species seem to be flowering simultaneusly, namely minima, distachya, sinica and gerardiana You have the minima packed with female cones, and yesterday I found out it has hermied, that is It produced two male cones, something I had read some species might do. It also seems all of my distachyas are male 5 out of 6 The sinica has also amazed me this year with the rush of new growth, simply amazing, also with some cones, not yet sure about sex. I did some slight pruning a while ago, mostly to fic its shape, maybe it helped . See the previous picture above from 2 february, less than 2 months ago to see the impressive evolution Lastly the gerardiana sikkemensis has started producing cones, I think that my gerardianas are female. So in theory I could have some hybridisation. But I think only the minima is hopeful of producing some seed.
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    Post your track of the day

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    Youtube vids

    an arrangement of my own long-term jamming project
  13. "Retro πουτανα" is a long term jamming project around retro keyboards I gathered circa 2013-2014. Centered in D minor, it flirts with what I get as a certain brand of computer game music nostalgia + a bit of punk romanticism. I started it οn Casio MT-45, a ~1982 "kid keyboard" with mid-sized keys with an amazing appregiator egine that sounds, well 8 bit but also warm. That model is also super-bendable, like many of the MT series. Casio HT-3000 is definately one of the finest keyboards made. It's a full programmable arranger - synthesizer with a unique sound in the synth unparalleled. Definately one of the favourites in my collection and one of the most awesome sounding, unique arranger + synth keyboards ever made. In this video I am jamming some of "Retro Πουτανα" parts, in pre-programmed arrangements on the amazing 1987 Casio HT-3000. The fill-in is also programmable for each rhythm programmed, but I have left them blank, if you notice. One of the worst things about the HT-3000, as generally stated is the almost total lack of a means to store the programming of both sounds and arrangements... This means we have a super programmable arranger keyboard with a super unique sounding semi analoge synth which cries 80s and we dont have a means to store our hard work of programming . You have to do this all on the fly and keep the keyboard with the power on at all time. A couple hours with the power cord unplugged and the keyboard loses what you have made.. There is a RAM card which is super rare and if you find it, it costs as much as the keyboard, but if you really want to do serious work on this machine and you love it enough, eventually you will have to get this damn RAM card. Some one should reverse engineer this card and produce it. He could make a buck.. This machine's musical value in terms of usefulness would instantly be increased... Damn it was made to be programmed. On the other hand, not having the possibility to save, thus creating and recording whatever session made within a period of time and then its all erased.. is almost magical! It has its analogue kind of appeal I guess in any case I dont love this keyboard less because of this. The cycles of using is maybe become somewhat more creative because of this.. And while the synth programming is not practical at all, everyone is saying this in their reports about the keyboard, and yeah, its really slow and not very practical , the synth, but the arranger programming is super easy and cool... some more time is needed , and along with the manual, to programm the synth properly for a session.. Overall the Casio HT-3000 has an important place in my heart, and despite the defects, this 1987 Casio wonder with its MIDI capability is a machine that will still continue to amaze keyboard enthousiasts, as they will discover it, over the years...