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Tyler Stowers
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I am very interested in Cinchona bark as it contains quinine. I realize it's many uses as a medicinal, but I am particularly interested in it's application in tonic water. Does anyone have experience growing it? I know it's native to Peru, but has anyone grown in outside the tropics? Greenhouse? Outdoors? Does anyone have access to seeds? Thanks!
 
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Hey Tyler what is and what is it used for. I did a bit of quick googling with little luck. As far as growing it just look up its climate needs and create the micro climate to meet said needs (Creative people find simple soultuions to difficult problems). Get creative let us know your ideas and thanks for posting.
 
Tyler Stowers
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The genus of Cinchona is in the Rubiaceae family and contains several species. It's bark is used widely for many medicinal applications. The active ingredient in this bark is called quinine. Again, despite its various medicinal applications, I am most interested in it's application to the elixir world. It is the main ingredient in tonic water and I want to make my own. Quinine containing cinchona bark is not hard to find, but cinchona seeds seem to be pretty rare. Trying to see if anyone has access to seeds or has experience with this specific genus outside the tropics.
 
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