Posted on February 16, 2017
Know More About The Kratom Tree
Nowadays Kratom trees are becoming very popular. Most people have them either planted indoors or outdoors. But very less people know anything about the Kratom plant. So in this article, you can look here a detailed description of the Kratom tree. Many sites like planetnatural.com give bits of advice on how easily you can grow a Kratom tree at your house.
Now, let’s get to know more about the Kratom tree.
The scientific name of Kratom is Mitragyna Speciosa Korthals. Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree which is from the coffee family ( Rubiaceae) and is native to Southeast Asia. Central and southern regions of Thailand are where Kratoms are mostly grown. The mitragyna genus is found in both tropical and sub tropical regions of Africa and Asia. While the Asian Mitragynas are often found in rainforests, the African Mitragynas are found in swamps.
Mitragyna speciosa may reach up to 50 feet in height with a spread of over 15 feet. They have erect and branching stem and flowers that are yellow in color. Their leaves are evergreen and are dark glossy and green in color. The Kratom tree constantly shed their leaves, and new leaves replace them. Leaf fall is more during the dry season, and new growth is plenty during the rainy season.
Now let’s find how we can grow the Kratom plant.
It is important for the seeds to be fresh before planting the Kratom seed. At the beginning, the rate of germination occurring are low at 20-30%, but once the seedlings are germinated, they can grow to a height of 14-19 feet.
Kratom usually favors wet soils that are rich in humus, and they need to be carefully positioned. It is sensitive to drought and frost when they are grown out of their native habitat. It can be grown from fresh seeds or cuttings.
Growing Kratom trees can be a difficult task as the seeds are viable only for a short time. Kratom cuttings are also considered difficult to grow, but once it gets established, it becomes quite a hard tree. As it is difficult to get cuttings, many people are opting for cloning. It is difficult to get the cuttings as they are attacked by fungus or just because they never put out any roots.
This problem can be tackled by following the suggestions given below.
· Use a little amount of fungicide in the water to get rid of fungus growth.
· Put the cutting in water along with an air bubbler which will increase the level of oxygen.
· Reduce the chances of fungus by changing the water.
· Many people have found success in growing the Kratom tree by either changing the water everyday in order to cut down on fungus growth or by using rock wool to hold the cutting in water while still letting air to flow. Or, by just adding nutrients as soon as the root starts to grow.
These plants become weak if they are grown in cold climates. They need either subtropical or warm temperate climates to grow properly.