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hi!

just a pic to show the differences between the narrowleaved and the planthelper.

the left is the narrowleaved,

i hope to have more pics sooner or later.

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Good stuff planthelper. I always find i learn more or become confident of my knowledge when i put a visual aspect in there. Know what i mean?

cheers

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Interesting.

The narrow leaf I recently got from SAB definitely looks to be the planthelper variety.

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Great picture, thanks.

What did you cross to get the PH? Red and Narrow leaf?

If it's a secret I totally understand.

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My narrow leaf cutting/sucker I took myself from a NL also looks like my PH at this stage, just has to grow out bigger me thinks.

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the mother of the ph was a vienna white and the nl was the father.

ok, first we have to remeber ourselfes that catha edulis leaves change there appereance according to what they "do or are".

leaves of upright growth, spiral staircase arrangement = are wide

leaves of branches, bipinnate = are generally narrow

mature plant mode = generally narrow

young plant mode = wider leaves

for those resons a very young nl will look almost like even a vienna white. now, this leaf shape is not often seen with the nl as mostly we probagate them when they are already in a far more mature stage, but when you grow a nl from seed, than you will exactly see those fat nl leaves.

aswell a young ph looks more like a vienna white.

the ph, seems to me to be aswell a bit more difficult to probagate, just the same as the nl.

the reason for this, might very well be, this very "short young plant mode" of the nl and ph.

to tie my previous statement back into where we are now thought wise, this means that a seed grown nl which still shows "wide leaves upright spiral staircase growth" (they do that for maybe halve a years growth) makes very good cutting material, with a very high strike rate!!

it is possible to strike catha edulis from bipinnate branch material, but to ny feeling strike rates are down this way, and the cutting will continue just growing branch growth for a while, till eventually a new "upright growth spur will emerge" which will display, yep you got it, a bit of spiral growth with wider leaves.

another easy feature to seperate the two is by overall colour, but comparing the two, we have to make sure, both specimens are of similar maturety, because as said above, so amy things change with this plant in different stages of maturety.

anyway,

the nl has an overall more light green appereance, with some silvery hues.

whilst the ph, is a bit dark greener in general appereance.

the more narrow leaves can get, the paler the green gets, seems to be the obvious thumb rule.

sab has got a few ph's so you could be lucky!

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i forgot to mention, that naturaly, aswell the leaves of all the wide leaved catha edulis strains, change the appereance of there leaves (to more narrow), in the same fashion, as the narrowleaved ones.

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the mother of the ph was a vienna white and the nl was the father.

Cheers for that.

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hi!

i just have been asked:

As you're a specialist, and this strain seems to be named after you, could I ask what makes Planthelper F2 unique?

planthelper F2 = a planthelper mother (open) pollinated by chance, father pollen could have come from. itselfe, a red, or a vw, or a nl.

but i don't think, "much red" has pollinated, as no seedlings show the typical red "caramelisation" which is so typical for the red.

but many of the seedlings show "more red" than the planthelper or any NL.

more red means, not only the stem and major veins of the leaves are red, but aswell the small veins.

i can observe at least 3 or 4 different features with the ph f2 seedlings:

a narrow leaved plant with red stem and veins,

a narrowleaved plant with white veins and green stems,

a broad leaved plant, showing a bit of red,

a broad leaved plant, showing a bit of white.

pic's will take a while....

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Thanks for the info PH :)

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update!

first there was a (dyslexic mistake) in the above post, i had mixed up the terms father and mother.

second, i think now that, some of the seeds were pollinated by a red father.

close inspection showed that, some of the red veined plants, produced by the ph f2 seeds, do show the typical "red caramelisation", of the youngest leaves, which makes the red so special.

in short, maybe 1/4 or so of all seedlings do seem to produce even what i wanted to achive many years ago,

a "red narrow leaved" (ph f2 nl).

hope to have pics soon.

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how do these different strains compare in strength?

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how do these different strains compare in strength?

i lost most of my mature plants with the floods, but from memory i would say the red and vw are the best and the nl is of a different chemical make up, which i don't like as much as the former. meaning the narrow leaved and the broad leaved strains can't be seperated "strengh" wise, as they produce a bit a different outcome.

the ph might be aswell a mixture of the above two different (chemo?)types, chemicly speaking.

seedlings of qat seem to always have the same strengh as the motherplant, in other words, seedlings or cuttings seem to have the same strengh.

the ph f2 seedlings are still far too small for any bioessay.

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ph f2 red caramel leaves tip, very inmature plant.

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red broad leaved, caramel leaves tip semi mature plant.

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narrow leaved, caramel leaves tip, semi mature plant.

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planthelper (a semi narrowleaved plant), caramel leaves tip, semi mature plant.

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some pic's of my ph f2 seedlings, this one looks narrow leaved and has deep red veins (margins).

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this phf2 seedling looks very narrow leaved, has got white veins, and displays early maturety and lot's of suckers!

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in short, maybe 1/4 or so of all seedlings do seem to produce even what i wanted to achive many years ago,

a "red narrow leaved" (ph f2 nl).

congrats,

out of curiosity at what age does a red C. Edulis flower ? Mine is 4 years old. Although in a medium sized pot which may be limiting it's growth. Its like a little shrub. Would the pot be contributing to the plant not flowering ?

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For me anyway, my narrow's flower every year while the various broads haven't flowered yet. But the narrows grow much faster so they appear more advanced even though they are younger.

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Great variation in the veination of your PHf2's Planthelper! Even from a distance those two in post 15 look very different. If you keep this up we'll be flooded with dozens of new khat types in a decades time. Awesome :)

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the nl matures earlier, maybe because of this, she flowers more freely than the broad leaved ones.

but i have managed to get flowers and seeds from narrow and broadleaved plants whilst in container culture.

on average it might take you up to 4 years to get them to set seed, but it can happen faster, if the plant is super happy. plants produced by suckers can flower right away at times, specialy the narrowleaved types.

different traits, i have noticed so far are:, broad or narrow leaved, suckers freely or doesn't sucker as freely.

red veins or white veins.

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sab has got a few ph's so you could be lucky!

Nope. No ph's have ever left here.

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:wub:

love the original ph

wealth of deep water well of knowledge i've learnt from his posts

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what you said tort, i take as a compliment for you and myselfe!

what i try to say is, you might have done so, because you have very special ethics.

but there is a catha strain only sab has got, the greenman strain, hope they still have it. :)

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but there is a catha strain only sab has got, the greenman strain, hope they still have it. :)

Greenman is actually earthalchemist [from earthalchemy seeds]. He grew a khat from imported seeds many years ago and it turned out to be totally devoid of any red tints, but grew just like the red. he planted it in our garden for propagation by SAB.

This is now called the 'green' strain. It looks just like a camellia, so perfect for those states that have stupid laws ;)

It has been out there for a bit, but it is not terribly popular. It is not as tough as the red, tastes quite soapy, and is temperamental with propagation. It has also never grown big enough to produce seed. probably our own fault for taking cuttings too often. this year one of the largest plants will not be touched so it might produce seed. There might be some interesting results from open pollinated seed as the plant is amongst all the other strains.

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I have found, in my limited experience that the green strikes well and grows well in W.A. Got ~%50 from yanking up suckers from the base.

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From memory my red was actually labeled "strain 3" i THINK it was 3 when i got it from SAB ages ago, I refer to it as red for obvious reasons xD. Mine is certainly happy and growing very vigorously since repotting with some fresh soil. I take cuttings as well quite frequently and used some Limited Stress Training in its early days so now it is a mean little shrub :) maybe i should let a few branches grow and not prune them :)

I wonder Plant Helper did you find that the F1 plants were more vigorous growers than their parents ? Happens with Mary Jane, wondering if it could with catha ?

I would be very interested in getting some PH seeds and/or cuttings if anyone could help me out, preferably the F2 seeds the more variation the better. Prepared to pay or can trade red/green cuttings or anything else in my trade thread.

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I have found, in my limited experience that the green strikes well and grows well in W.A. Got ~%50 from yanking up suckers from the base.

big difference between suckers and cuttings. we have no problem with suckers either.

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