Coca is known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine. The alkaloid content of coca leaves is relatively low, between 0.25% and 0.77%
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About Coca

Coca is any of the four cultivated plants in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. The plant is grown as a cash crop in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, even in areas where its cultivation is unlawful.

The coca plant resembles a blackthorn bush, and grows to a height of 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet). The branches are straight, and the leaves are thin, opaque, oval, and taper at the extremities. A marked characteristic of the leaf is an areolated portion bounded by two longitudinal curved lines, one line on each side of the midrib, and more conspicuous on the under face of the leaf.

The flowers are small, and disposed in clusters on short stalks; the corolla is composed of five yellowish-white petals, the anthers are heart-shaped, and the pistil consists of three carpels united to form a three-chambered ovary. The flowers mature into red berries. The leaves are sometimes eaten by the larvae of the moth Eloria noyesi.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Carolina moonseed
Maximum Reachable Height 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet)
Flower Colour White
Bloom Time July to August
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

Careful removal of the older leaves does not harm plants, but they should be strong and healthy to allow this, and probably three years old if grown indoors.

Coca care

Seeds should be planted as soon as they fall from the bush. If they dry out, they will die right away. The only way to keep them for a maximum of about two weeks, is to keep them in moist (not wet) sphagnum in a cool place. Often this initiates germination, so they must be watched for rot or premature germination. Under no circumstances should they be kept dry, since even room humidity is too dry.

Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature The ideal temperature for coca plant growth is between 18 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius (or 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Coca special feature

Trellises, arbors, fences. Weave it through large shrubs, screens or hedgerows.

Coca uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • Cocaine is used as a local anesthetic prior to surgical procedures involving the oral, laryngeal, or nasal cavities

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Coca ?

Coca is commonly known as Carolina moonseed

How tall do Coca grow?

On average Coca grows 2 to 3 metres (7 to 10 feet)

What color are Coca ?

A Coca plant bears flowers of color White

When Coca blooms?

With enough light, Coca may produce White flowers in July to August

How hard is Coca to grow?

A Coca is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Coca need?

A Coca prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Coca need?

A Coca prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Coca need?

A Coca prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Coca like?

A Coca prefers The ideal temperature for coca plant growth is between 18 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius (or 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).

How often should I fertilize my Coca ?

To encourage Coca growth, Apply any organic fertilizer



Reviews

Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Brilliant stuff, highly recommended.

Mahak Puri

Thursday, 07 June 2018

Very good, I must buy

Amitava Das

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