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Psychotria viridis

Germination Instructions:

1.) Rub the seeds from the berries
2.) Rinse with running tap water in screen strainer/sieve until clean
3.) Place seeds in a bowl and add hydrogen peroxide (enough to cover seeds)
4.) Rinse with hot water again in the strainer/sieve
5.) Sow seeds in a well drained, slightly acidic (peat based) soil mix
6.) Cover with 1/8 - 1/4 inch soil
7.) Use a humidity dome and keep soil damp
8.) Keep in bright, indirect sunlight at approx. 85 degrees
9.) Germination will be 2-3 weeks, may continue up to 2 months
11.) Transplant seedlings when first true leaves form or allow to get approximately 3" if moving outdoors

Detailed Plant Description:

P. viridis is a perennial evergreen shrub (small tree) growing up to 5 meters tall and 2 meters wide.  It has glossy narrow leaves and a woody stem with small white-green flowers.  It contains small red fruit (drupes). Each drupe contains up to 4 viable seeds (usually 2 or 3) that are best harvested in the winter months.

Plant Care:

Plant your P. viridis in a shallow pot to allow healthier root growth and use a well drained soil mix rich in organic content. This plant prefers a humid environment with 55% - 75% shade.  Maintain consistent moisture but do not allow it to become waterlogged. When in active growth feed the plant every 7-14 days with balanced fertilzer.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom:   Plantae
Division:   Magnoliophyta
Class:   Magnoliopsita
Order:   Gentianales
Family:   Rubiaceae
Genus:   Psychotria

Species:   Psychotria viridis

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