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  1. Somebody sent me an acacia seedling, bare-rooted, in a plastic bag lined with wood shavings. (Acacia wood? I don't know). I was skeptical at first, but that plant travelled well and is now absolutely booming. Has anyone got experience with sending bare-rooted acacia seedlings in the post -- how best to pack them for lightweight and safe transport? I was thinking perlite or sphagnum moss might work as well as wood shavings. I don't know where I would get some (untreated etc.) sawdust or wood shavings. Last lot of potted seedlings I sent were killed by Australia Post.
  2. I've had around 50% germination rate for some seed I bought from UK supplier. But it seems the young seedlings are very prone to damping off -- at some point they typically just wilt and fall over. I'm wondering has anyone had success raising S. recognita from seed? Please share any growing tips, experience you might have.
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    Salvia recognita growing tips?

    Good to know, I will report back to UK seller.
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    Salvia recognita growing tips?

    Stems still seem very frail, maybe 8 weeks (?) since germination: the slightest drop of water will cause them to fall over sideways. They seem to crave sunlight, rather than the "light shade" specified in description of native habitat -- mine being kept quite sheltered. Germination rate for these imported seeds was less than 25%, seedling attrition due to damping off about 50%.
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    Khat seed

    This lot of seed pods freshly harvested from old mother khat, unknown viability, PM if you'd care to try propagating and I will send you some. Second pic. shows established clone, for reference.
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    Coca cultivation resources

    https://panaceachronicles.com/2016/06/08/growing-medical-coca-leaf-in-a-greenhouse/ Anyone have a copy of Bill Drake's Searching for Mama Coca? There is also a relevant chapter in his earlier book: http://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=6CEBA45B9CDA1CC01E662474F1E5664C
  7. What is/causes this? Emergent phyllodes were spotless and bright green a week or two ago. Too much water/nutrient? (We've had an unseasonal amount of rain recently.)
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    The phleb thread

    Darren at Herbalistics informed me that A. phlebophylla is self-fertile, but may require the services of a native pollinator.
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    At an independent Melbourne supermarket yesterday, I could choose from Hoyts, Royal Fields, or (Indian) white poppy seeds. This is the same food distributor responsible for the "Royal Fields" brand.
  10. Anyone else tried using negative prompts? Twisted tech, for sure ... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-26/loab-age-of-artificial-intelligence-future/101678206
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    Intergeneric Breeding with Electricity

    I've heard that bees use electromagnetic polarity to navigate among flowers. Flowers being positively (or is it negatively?) charged prior to a bee visit, then reverse-polarity for a while thereafter. I don't remember the source: Attenborough on TV? In any case ... Shouldn't DC polarity make a difference, or is it merely the flow of electrons through the plant that does the trick -- in which case, you wouldn't need a connection to "ground" per se, just any two points on the plant? Is the technique said to work for potted cactus, substituting potting media for true ground? Or only for in-ground specimens? Would touching terminals to root and branch (on a bare-rooted plant) yield the same result? Sometimes I use a DC source to heat the wires in my beekeeping frames -- if you left the terminals connected long enough, you'd presumably overheat the plant -- granted, cactus not being as conductive as metal? Who knows? (rhetorical question) There is an interesting chapter on pioneering botanical experiments involving electricity, in The Invisible Rainbow -- http://libgen.is/book/index.php?md5=93E30FBB4FC43B490B7EB477C0795C37
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-24/accidentally-growing-opium-poppies-for-wedding-bouquet/101692340
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    What’s new?

    Things have slowed to a snail's pace around here, judging by the gallery images ...
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    new khat variety

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_gratification Got any more details regarding provenance? Horn of Africa is a bit vague ...
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    treating hypertension with herbs

    yarrow, garlic, tea, hibiscus, honeysuckle, valerian, ashwagandha -- all may have potential for treating high blood pressure, the latter being indicated for stress-induced hypertension source: Healing with Plants: The Chelsea Physic Garden Herbal (2021)
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    M.speciosa leaf cutting

    I've also seen the technique demonstrated using just the upper half of a leaf (bisected perpendicular to stem). A leaf laid flat on surface of growing media will sometimes work. As mentioned above, some species (e.g. S. divinorum) will produce roots from a leaf cutting, but nothing further than that. Plenty other species will readily develop into new plants from a single leaf, given *time* and favourable growing conditions. I would love to get my hands on a M. speciosa clone!
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    Urgent Harm minimisation alert

    Isn't food-grade poppy seed typically sourced from Hungarian blue poppies, and medicinal-grade from Papaver bracteatum? Maybe a shortage due to supply chain issues forced distributors to repackage industrial-medicinal seeds as food-grade? Are store-bought (food) seeds viable?
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    MMA on Four Corners tonight

    Last night's episode of 7:30 presented MDMA and even (Peruvian-shamanic) ayahuasca as prospective treatments for PTSD. No psychedelic sensationalism, accusations of sexual misconduct, or financial misappropriation. I think Rick Doblin even featured for a few seconds. But no mention of MMA or the earlier 7:30 report.
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    Aptenia cordifolia (A Zulu traditional medicine)

    Mesembryanthemum = Aptenia? I've got this growing at random, my plant ID app tells me it's M. cordifolia. Don't know where it came from, but it's always reminded me of Sceletium spp. Both seem to be unstoppable ground covers.
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    Catha Edulis (Khat, Qat) Green and Narrow Leaf

    Looking for narrow-leaf khat seeds or plant, please PM if you know of anything for sale/trade.
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    treating hypertension with herbs

    Eat more plants in general: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466938/
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    roseii 2

    From the album: Sacred snails

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    roseii 2

    I didn't remove this snail, and now - more than 3 weeks later - this plant remains untouched (not even a nibble). But other plants weren't so lucky. (I found a small TBM pup that had been entirely hollowed out, with a circular tunnel right through the middle of it).
  24. https://psychedelicwater.com False advertising?
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