'Chacruna'; Psychotria viridis

How to Root Psychotria viridis Leaves

Here’s our guide to rooting Psychotria viridis leaves. This Psychotria viridis propagation technique is about as simple as it gets, so take your time, pay attention and enjoy the process! The method described here also works well for related species and hybrids too, such as Psychotria colorata, Psychotria ‘Nexus’, etc.


How to Root Psychotria viridis

Materials:

  • Psychotria viridis leaves (we’ve had success rooting them even several months after they were picked!)
  • Clear plastic containers with lids (takeaway containers are perfect)
  • Coco coir
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Sieve
  • Water
  • Marker pen (optional)
  • Microwave (optional)
  • Organic fertiliser (optional)
  • Sellotape or label (optional)

Method:

1. First, prepare the ingredients for the growing mixture. We prefer to use an equal blend of perlite, coco coir and coarse sand for starting off Psychotria leaves; it also works well for us when growing species such as Anadenanthera colubrina. Make sure to sieve out any especially large debris before moving on to the next step. Optionally, you can pasteurise the ingredients via a blast in the microwave.

Left to right: Perlite, sieved coco coir, coarse sand.

2. Mix the prepared substrate ingredients together well and then evenly fill the plastic containers. Three or four centimetres deep should suffice.

Our growing medium in various stages of being evenly mixed.

3. Now that you have the substrate ready, it’s time to prepare the leaves. Trim off any ragged wounds and gently wipe off any debris.

Fresh, trimmed Psychotria viridis leaves.

4. You can increase the chances of one or more new plants developing by carefully folding the leaf length ways a few times, concertina-fashion. Snapping it in this way creates small tears in the leaf, allowing more opportunity for roots to form.

A ‘concertinaed’ Psychotria viridis leaf, ready to plant.

5. Loosely bury the leaves under a sprinkling of substrate and add a little water (our climate seems to favour approximately 25-35mL, but you might prefer to use slightly more dependent on where you are). Optionally, you may like to add a small amount of organic fertiliser at this point.

6. Put the lids on the containers, making sure they’re tightly sealed and place somewhere warm in full sun to partial shade, or under lights. We prefer to label each container with the date and the name of the plant (and variety, etc. where applicable).

7. With a little luck – and provided the environment is “dialled-in” with regard to moisture and temperature – you should start to see roots forming after a month or two, dependent on your climate.

8. The young plants are ready to pot on once the roots are firmly established. Note that this can take a while, so don’t be too hasty to re-pot when you first see new roots start to appear!

We sometimes have various Psychotria leaves and seeds available in our shop