Ololiuqui (Rivea corymbosa), packet of 10 seeds
Family: Morning Glory (Convulvaceae)
Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted vine and brought indoors for the winter. They do overwinter fairly well indoors.
(Turbina corymbosa) Tuberous, woody perennial vine native to Central and South America and Oceana. Rare shamanistic plant bearing multitudes of trumpet flowers—white corollas with purplish-red interior. Scarify seeds by rubbing individually on sandpaper or nicking with a blade and plant in spring, or plant anytime in warm soil under lights or in greenhouse. Protect from frost. Space plants 1 foot apart.
10 seeds per packet, open-pollinated, untreated, no gmo’s
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jasperdshide (verified owner) –
The seed coat on these little guys is no joke! I found it best to (carefully!) make a few nicks near the “eye” and then soak them for 24 hours before planting. Germination seems to require heat so keep them warm the whole time.
Seedlings are VERY prone to root rot and quick to put down a delicate root system that doesn’t respond well to transplanting. I had the most success starting the seeds in small well-drained pots and then moving the seedlings to their permanent homes after the first few sets of true leaves came in.
A final aside – this species and its close relatives appear to have an interesting relationship with a fungal symbiont present on the seed coat. It’s probably best not to sterilize the seeds and to use bottled or distilled water for the initial soak, but the plants will grow just fine regardless.
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Richo Cech –
I want to thank you for a series of intuitive and helpful comments. Growers like you fill the world with plants. I had little to add, although my technique is somewhat dirtier. If the results are positive, then the methodology is validated. One thing about the Ololiuqui. I scarified a hundred of these quite recently (a lot of work!) and found that they will tell you whether the nick was successful or not–the ones that are properly nicked (and I found the fissure between 2 boards in a table helped me hold them securely enough to slice off a bit of the testa with a sharp blade), once soaked overnight, swell to 3 times the size. Standard treatment under lights in a warm greenhouse produces the plumule. Ololiuqui is cool. Richo