Growing Kratom Trees Climate
Kratom trees are native to Southeast-Asia which includes countries you’ll definitely recognize from aptly named kratom strains such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Kratom trees can be found growing wild throughout these areas, reaching massive heights when they’re allowed to thrive without interference. The tropical climate of Southeast-Asia is the perfect climate for growing kratom trees; they thrive off the consistently warm temperatures coupled with year-round rainfall.
If you’re like me and you’re used to seeing snow on the ground for at least half the year, you might think Florida is considered to have a tropical climate, but it doesn’t compare to the kind of tropical climate kratom trees have evolved to love in Southeast-Asia! Consider the hardiness zone, the geographically based scale used to determine where specific plants naturally flourish. Using the hardiness zone to determine a regions climate in relation to plant life helps you know where it grows best. Most of Southeast-Asia is in hardness zone 13, and some areas with higher elevation reach into zone 12 and zone 11.
The lowest temperature that occurs in these high heat, high humidity zones is typically around 54°F (12°C) and it’s important to keep that in mind if you’re going to attempt to grow kratom trees in your backyard. Kratom trees can grow in any zone that provides high temperatures and high humidity, such as Florida where citrus and avocado trees grow happily, but the cool off that comes with winter (even in Florida!) can take its toll on any outdoor kratom tree. If the temperature drops below 50°F (10°C) it’ll shock even an old, established kratom tree. A shocked kratom tree (or just an unhappy and unhealthy one) will drop its leaves and as you can imagine that’s the last thing any kratom tree grower wants to see happen!
As a kratom trees ages, along with its maturity comes a hardier will to fight. Kratom trees that have weathered the years can put up a better fight when it comes to a change in climate, but even they need the perfect climate for growing kratom trees if you want them to thrive and, eventually, produce a kratom leaf with the potency you’re looking for. Young kratom trees and new cuttings will need to have a climate of 90% humidity to ensure a strong rooting takes place, and the soil must always be kept moist. Kratom trees are so temperature sensitive that even pouring cold water on them can cause them to whither, so be sure to use warm water to water them especially if the kratom trees are still youthful.
Low humidity will also cause a kratom tree to drop its leaves. Although places in the United States like Arizona may have the high temperatures required to keep a kratom tree outdoors, they suffer from low humidity and dry heat will kill a kratom tree if you can’t supplement it with enough water to keep its soil wet. The climate for growing kratom trees requires a delicate year-round balance of high temperatures and high humidity. This is why kratom which comes from Southeast-Asia is often superior to kratom grown elsewhere. The average year round temperature in Bali, Indonesia (home of the popular Bali Kratom strain) is consistently between 76°F and 87°F (about 24°C to 30°C) even in the dead of winter and the high point of summer!
If you’re going to experiment with growing kratom trees outdoors, you must consider the climate for growing kratom trees and what kind of climate you live in. Kratom trees can be grown outdoors in the summer and brought indoors in the winter, but keep in mind that even indoor temperatures must meet the needs of kratom trees if you want them to keep growing and sprouting new leaves. A greenhouse with controlled temperatures and humidity would be ideal for those living in a less than stellar climate for growing kratom trees, but establishing a kratom tree in one’s own backyard will definitely offer an ultimate feeling of accomplishment – and of course an instantaneous source for year-round kratom leaves! If you’ve grown your own kratom trees, indoor or out, leave us a comment and let us know what climate you live in! Happy growing everyone.