Coca Seeds

HOW TO GROW COCA PLANTS

Here’s how to germinate coca seeds and grow them into a healthy plant at home.

1. Lay down several layers of paper towel on a plate and thoroughly moisten with distilled water.
2. Place coca seeds onto the paper towel and add a few layers of moist paper towel on top.
3. Place a lid over the plate. Keep the seeds warm, above room temperature. Between 28-31°C (83-88°F).
4. Ensure that paper towels are always moist. Drying out kills seeds.
5. Be patient. Coca seeds can take up to 10 weeks to sprout.
6. Once they begin to sprout, transplant seeds to soil.
7. We recommend a soil blend with equal parts sand, peat moss, potting soil and perlite.
8. Gently place seeds a quarter inch below the soil surface.
9. The seed will grow a root and stalk, which raises with the seed shell on top.
10. The seed casing will slowly slide off the top off the stalk and fall off, revealing two leaves.
11. Be patient, the seed shell normally comes off on its own over time.
12. On some rare occasions the seed shell will not fall off. In this case, slice the edge of the seed shell carefully with a blade. Be careful!
13. Provide 16 to 20 hours of light a day.
14. Keep temperature around 29°C/84°F. If plants have a cold snap they will start to drop leaves over the subsequent days.
15. Keep humidity between 50% and 60%. If humidity is too low, new leaves may curl or burn.
16. Fertilize moderate to heavily. If leaves yellow, slowly increase feeding. Coca can be a heavy feeder.
17. Do not get fertilizer water on the leaves as it will cause burning.
18. Plants can grow to over 12 feet tall and live for over 40 years.
19. The plant will naturally shed some leaves as it grows. You can collect and use them.
20. Coca is not seasonal. It grows and produces leaves all year round.
21. Once the plant is over 4 feet tall you can harvest leaves. This should take about 2 years. At this time you can take a small number of leaves from the plant and they will soon regrow. Don’t harvest more than a third of the leaves at once. Dry leaves in a cool place for 3 to 7 days before using.
22. After 3 or 4 years the plant may begin to produce berries. Each berry will contain one seed. You can harvest berries when they are bright red. Clean off the flesh and sprout the seed to start another coca plant!

Coca Seed
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