With ever increasing popularity, the kratom tree has become a unique household plant with an enthusiastic following. Kratom is not only a fast-growing flowering tree, but prefers a tropical environment, rendering it a perfect plant for indoor growth. The following article describes how to sustain and grow an indoor kratom plant purchased from an online vendor.
Your new kratom plant’s chance of success begins with the moment it arrives home. Upon homecoming, carefully remove any packaging materials with caution, handling the plant by its container-without touching the plant itself. Once the plant is unpackaged, it is important to find an ideal location taking into account the following several factors:
The young plant must gradually acclimate to its new and likely drier environment indoors. Kratom trees naturally prefer very high humidity, so humidity trays or a spray bottle should be used to maintain the proper conditions.
Kratom prefers filtered light and an eastern facing or unobstructed northern facing window is ideal. Make sure that the leaves of the plant do not burn or crack. Cracking is a common trait of an unhealthy kratom plant, typically caused by low humidity and inadequate lighting.
Average household temperatures are suitable to growing kratom, with temperatures above 65 degrees being ideal. To supplement a cooler environment, heating lamps can dramatically raise the temperature. Air conditioners will likely not lower the temperature enough to harm a plant, but it can cause the surrounding air to become too dry.
The amount of time to acclimate a plant is strictly dependent upon the amount of trauma caused by shipping. However, two weeks should be long enough to ensure that the plant is accustomed to its new environment. With the preceding factors taken care of, your kratom plant will grow about 1 foot every several months. The next step, if necessary, is to repot the plant.
Of course, the point of repotting a plant is to encourage new growth. Your kratom plant will likely arrive in a small temporary plastic container; if this is the case, a 1 gallon pot will be the perfect size for the first transplant. Repotting guidelines for kratom plants are similar to most household plants. The best time to repot the plant is in spring, to allow the plant time in the growing season to regenerate new roots. Any common household potting soil is adequate and will ensure the plant has the appropriate nutrients to grow quickly.