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Kanna Seeds (10 seeds)

Sceletium tortuosum, commonly known as Kanna, is a succulent plant native to South Africa. Local people chew it for mood elevation. The plant is carefree and makes a great houseplant, but is hard to find in garden centers, so you need a seed supplier.

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Kanna Seeds – Grow your own Sceletium tortuosum plants

Sceletium tortuosum, commonly known as Kanna, is a succulent plant native to South Africa. The plant was first documented by Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town. Local people chew it for mood elevation (probably since prehistoric times).

The plant is carefree and makes a great houseplant, but is hard to find in garden centers, so you need a supplier. This is where seeds come in handy. Growing from seed is great for plant enthusiasts and those who want to become self supporters.

The first step to growing your own Kanna supply is the germination. First you will need to remove the germination inhibitor from the seeds – to do so, simply soak them in distilled (or bottled) water for an extended time (at least a week), while changing the water daily. Or, as an alternative, treat the seeds with gibberellic acid – this causes a faster and more evenly germination than any other method.

Place the seeds on a well-draining, sandy soil, such as a off-the-shelf cactus mix or a mixture of compost, sand and perlite and cover the pot with plastic foil in order to keep the moisture at a steady level. The optimal germination temperature is about 15-18°C. Within two weeks to two months you should see your Sceletium tortuosum raise its head and once the plant has developed some ramification one can take cuttings, which will root rather easily.

Sceletium tortuosum, commonly known as Kanna, is a succulent plant native to South Africa. Local people chew it for mood elevation.

Sceletium tortuosum, Kanna seeds

Sceletium tortuosum seeds

Sceletium tortuosum belongs to the Aizoaceae. It is better known as Kanna. This name means something like “good to chew”. It comes originally from South Africa.
Kanna is a perennial, herbaceous plant, creeping on the ground. It does not grow high. The leaves of the Kanna are succulent meaning they are thick to save water. The leaves look like a triangle and are curved on both sides forming a kind of channel.
The flowers of the Kanna are white or just pale colored. There are rose and yellow variations. The stamina are clearly visible. The fruit is a capsule bearing the brown seeds.

The natives of Africa used the plant for 1000 years to calm down soldiers returning from war. The Kanna helped the soldiers in addition to handle posttraumatic events. Kanna is chewed or smoked. The leaves are smoked and the roots and shoot is chewed. In small doses Kanna has a calming effect. Until today it is used to treat depressions and mood swings.

The seeds need light to germinate. Therefore one should not plant them deep into the substrate. They should just be pressed slightly into the substrate. Before planting the seeds they should be washed in water. It is best to put the seeds into water for 2 days. Placed sunny the seedlings will emerge after 3 weeks in the moist substrate. A temperature of just 22°C is sufficient. As Kanna comes from South Africa it is not winter hardy.

Sceletium tortuosum seeds     Sceletium tortuosum belongs to the Aizoaceae. It is better known as Kanna. This name means something like "good to chew". It comes originally from South Africa. Kanna is a perennial, herbaceous plant, creeping on