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Catha Edulis

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Hi,

Someone has offered me a Catha Edulis (narrow leaf var) in a 15cm pot, for $20.

Worth buying?

Can get red leaf var in jan/feb too, no doubt the same price... is there much of a difference?

Thanks

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Sure, why not. You can probably find cheaper, you can probably find more expensive. If the plant is nice and healthy, then you should buy it.

Yes there is a difference. Get both, and the other types as well. Narrow is nicer to chew. I think red is preferred traditionally.

They are really nice looking plants, and very tough. Worth growing even if you have no plans to taste it.

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Very nice, that's a really good size for $20.

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I've heard that they respond very well to pruning...

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I'd like to take some cuttings... Wonder what the best way to do it is?

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Planthelper is the man when it comes to catha cuttings. Search for his old posts.

I've found that the narrows root really easily with the usual rooting hormone gel method. But it can take a while. Or just wait until it gets a bit bigger and layer the lower branches, that works really well too.

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Have a look around the base of the plant. If you see shoots coming up you can isolate a rooted section from the mother plant.

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Yes there is a difference. Get both, and the other types as well. Narrow is nicer to chew. I think red is preferred traditionally.

They are really nice looking plants, and very tough. Worth growing even if you have no plans to taste it.

I'm wondering how people chew these, is it just new foliage as older foliage of the red leaf was not very palatable when I'd tried it? Anyone ever tried chewing with lepita (a traditional South American flavored basic addative to coca leaf for chewing)?

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