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Khat (Catha edulis), also called Qat or Chat, comes from an evergreen tree which grows at high altitudes extending from eastern to southern Africa. It's a large shrub which can grow to tree size. It reaches a size of 10 feet to 20 feet and its scrawny leaves resemble withered basil. Fresh khat leaves are crimson-brown and glossy but become yellow-green and leathery as they age. They also emit a strong smell.

The ancient Egyptians considered Catha edulis to be a most sacred plant, a "divine food" like royal jelly to bees, capable of releasing humanities nascent divinity. This plant was so important to the ancients that is was called "the plant" or "the shrub", although its specific name is lost to time. Nowadays khat is used throughout eastern Africa, from the Middle East all the way south, and especially in Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia it is still popular.

These khat seeds come from the Nigerian Catha edulis variety and are considered to be of higher quality compared to other sources. With some care the seeds can be cultivated into your very own thriving garden of khat plants.

Growing Khat

Khat is reasonably easy to grow, especially once you're past the seedling stage. Catha edulis is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions (near Harar, where most of the khat is grown, the soil is said to be neutral to slightly acidic despite being high in calcium and low in nitrogen) - it is suggested that water supply is more important than soil type, particularly in the early growing period.

For germination we recommend a temperature of around 23°C (73.4°F). Once established the plant will grow in full sun, partial sun, or even shade at a temperature range of 5-35°C (41-95°F).

Plants are normally set out when the rainy season begins. The top parts will be cut back by frost but khat plants will grow back from the roots. A good response in plant growth is realised from fertiliser applications. Nitrogen applications increase the vegetative growth of khat, which increases the yield.

More information

For more information on Catha edulis, check the Azarius encyclopaedia on khat.

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4 Samen haben unter einer 60 Watt Wachstumslampe gekeimt bei konstanter Fechtigkeit. Eine ist ist eingagangen, die anderen stehen im Gewächshaus und 400 Watt neben dem Gras. Sie wachsen unter der Lampe ca. 5cm im Monat. Ich liebe diese Pflanze, deshalb besorgt bitte nochmal neues Saatgut.. Peace


Erfreulicherweise habe ich es nun doch geschafft einige Samen zur Keimung zu bringen. Eine Vorbehandlung mit Gibberellinsäure hat 4 von 20 Samen zur Keimung gebracht.


De zaden zien er goed uit, van kwaliteit (ik ben zelf bioloog met een specialisatie in plant).

8 van de 10 zaden zijn na een week ontkiemd, ze zijn door mij wel behandeld met een planthormoon (Gibberline zuur), omdat ik vaak las dat ze moeilijk kiemen. Wanneer je het zaad weet te kiemen gaat het erg makkelijk en groeien ze snel.


Erfreulicherweise werden hier Catha Edulis Samen angeboten, wo diese Pflanze doch in Mitteleuropa nicht leicht zu bekommen ist. Zu meinem Leidwesen hatten alle Samen ihre Keimungsfähigkeit verloren. Es ist kein einziger Samen gekeimt.

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