How to Store Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark?
Mimosa hostilis is a drought-tolerant shrub native to Brazil and Southern Mexico. Its roots produce and store a substance known as DMT, which is highly toxic and produces hallucinations when consumed. The bark’s dark color is also used to stain leather during tanning.
Sit the bark out in a well-ventilated room for 48 hours to make sure it is completely dry.
Place the bark in glass mason jars and cover the jars tightly with jar lids.
Store in a cool, dark place such as a kitchen pantry.
Grow Mimosa Hostilis
It isn’t fussy, and its spray of showy flowers adds fragrance and color for a good part of the year. There are a few ways to give the Mimosa hostilis seeds a head start on sprouting or to get a cutting from a Mimosa hostilis tree to take root. The Mimosa is a part of the Fabaceae family, or pea family. It has more than 16,000 members in its classification. The Mimosa hostilis grows fragrant, white flowers in long, loose and spiky cylinders. It begins in September and ends around late January. The fruit that emerges from the conical blossoms is an inch to 2 inches long. The Mimosa hostilis adjusts the nitrogen levels in the soil and conditions it to make it a fertile area for other plant species to thrive. It grows in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 13. The Mimosa hostilis will get in most of its impressive growth within the first five years from the time it pokes its first bright green stem out from the soil. If you place the soil in the pot and drench it at the same time that you are soaking the seeds, then it should be ready with the right level of moisture by the following day.
* Gently push each swollen seed about an inch into the soil of the pot. Space them out about 2 inches apart. Soak the seeds in boiled water for 30 minutes and up to an hour. The warm water will penetrate the hard outer shell of the oval seed. Store the packet of seeds in a shady indoor area, such as a closet or pantry or drawer. Monitor the seeds over the next few days and make sure that the towel stays damp but is not dripping with moisture. Once the seeds break open to reveal the green sprout, they are ready to be transplanted to small pots. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. The seedlings should be a few inches tall before this next step. It does not like to have its roots lounging in water. Try not to keep it in the pot for more than a year. It can easily handle three to six months in the right type of pot with excellent drainage and a sunny spot. Wait until spring to give the tree a good chance to grow. Use 1.5 ounces of the fertilizer per 100 square feet. These can be particularly difficult to remove.
- Glass mason jars
- Jar lids
- "Earthwise: The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants"; Matthew Wood; 2008
- Encyclopedia Britannica: Mimosa Hostilis
- Arkham's Botanical: How to Grow Mimosa Hostilis from Seed
- HolisticZine: Uses of Mimosa Hostilis
- Kratom Guides: Mimosa Hostilis: Benefits, Side-effects, Dosage & Legality
- The Nation: Mimosa, Dozens of Benefits from Sensitive Plant