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Ltd Ed 'Solve et Elucido' Art Giclee
This reverberating psychedelic giclee print is a gift for a
$500 donation to Erowid. 12" x 12", stretched on canvas, the
image wraps around the sides of the 1" thick piece. Signed
by artist Vibrata, and Erowid founders Earth & Fire.
Harvesting Salvia divinorum
by Disembodied Eyes

I use two methods of harvesting, picking and cutting. Picking is just that: carefully pinching off a percentage of the larger leaves. They grow back double, though smaller. When pinching, pinch at the base but don't take the meristematic tissue on the sides--that's where the new leaves come from.

Cutting, trimming. When the plants get big. I generally cut just above a node. The stem above the node is going to dry up anyway, you don't want the hollow stem to fill with water and rot. Any place you cut, new branches will sprout.

Harvesting is a good time to start new slips. Say you cut off a four foot section of stem. Break off the top eight to twelve inches or so, pinch off all but the small leaves near the top, and drop it into a glass of water. If there are four or five such slips in one glass, they seem to stimulate each others root growth. When the rootlets bud out, you can pot them. I never use rooting compound anymore, though there is no reason not to.

You can also start the mid-sections of stem--it doesn't have to be the top. A couple of such exponential cycles and you'll be well-endowed.

If you are in an arid climate, or have access to such, drying the leaves is easy. Salvinorin is remarkably stable. However, dried leaf is not quite like fresh. The fresh leaves you can ingest. Dried, smoke. Somewhat analogous to dmt/ayahuasca. (discounting the harmine effects...).

good luck.