Banisteriopsis Caapi “Yellow” (Yage) seeds (Peru)




Banisteriopsis caapi is a perennial vine native to the Amazon Rainforest. These are true banisteriopsis caapi seeds harvested form the Peruvian Amazon. You will notice from the picture in the gallery of four seeds, comparing side-by-side those of banisteriopsis caapi (bottom two seeds) with seeds of the maple tree (top two seeds) that the seeds are very similar. Many have confused the two, but aside from the wing, the primary seed at the lower end is different. The wing is not necessary fro germination at all. it is simply a mechanism for dispersal. caapi, known as yage or ayahuasca vine, has a long history as an ingredient in the ceremonial brews of various tribes that inhabit the Amazon. Established plants in optimal conditions can grow several feet in a week. Caapi does best in filtered light with high humidity in a temperature of about 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It is frost tender and will survive only down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You can grow it indoors as a houseplant. However, growth will slow if the temperature falls below 68 degrees. The soil should be kept consistently moist with a small amount of water added every few days. Most caapi reproduction is achieved through cuttings, which are taken in the summer.

Growing from seed is a privilege because the seeds only remain viable for a very short time. We are now able to offer yage seeds year round. These seeds are viable, but germination is not guaranteed due to the stubborn nature of the seeds. Most of the seeds on the market are offered at high prices and are already dormant. Using GA-3 is said to help break dormancy, but we have not tested that method. We are proud to be one of the only suppliers of truly fresh and viable seeds in the U.S. The seeds are collected in Peru.  We also offer Tunkunaca strain seeds from Brazil.   We also offer white and black yage seeds and several types of yage plant.

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