Acclimating kratom to different humidity zone is very common and a most necessary practice to stop your plant from fully defoliating when the humidity is suddenly reduced. You may notice leaf curling upwards, this is the first symptom of humidity stress. For growers of plants like Mitragyna speciosa (A Hermaphrodite evergreen native to Southeast Asia) it is in fact necessary, as this type of plant is very sensitive to humidity stress.
SYMPTOM=leaf curl upwards and wilt when humidity is quickly reduced.
CURE=Increase humidity, then Reduce humidity by 10% every hour until upward curling stops. Increase humidity and restart process if curling continues.]
All plants exhale water vapor. When the humidity is very high the plant has less evaporative loss of water from it’s cellular tissue. This extra water builds up in these leaf tissues. The plant responds by moving water out of itself as fast as possible. When the humidity is reduced suddenly the plant doesn’t respond correctly from this unnatural change in humidity and will give off too much moisture causing the soft tissues of the leaf to curl upwards, wilt and defoliate if the plant is not put back into higher humidity immediately.
This is all due to the plant giving off it’s moisture too quickly. This stress is caused from moving the plant into lower natural humidity zones where you live if it was enclosed in a artificially created humidity zone like a sealed shipping package or a clear tub terrarium or tropical greenhouse.
To acclimate to a lower humidity.
First reduce the humidity to your tropical plant by allowing a small amount of ventilation of the higher humidity zone (Where the plant is) into the lower humidity zone (Where you want the plant to be) so that the humidity can slowly equalize to the lower zone at a rate of about 10% RH an hour, until the plant no longer shows upward leaf curl, or wilting. If the plant shows leaf curl increase the humidity and restart this process immediately until the upward curling no longer manifests itself.
Remember, if humidity isn’t increased the curling leafs will wilt and fall off which is completely unnecessary. This process can take a day or two, but it doesn’t require lights or heat but maintain 75-80F in low light if possible.
Mitragyna Speciosa can completely re-foliate in 30 days for larger girth plants of over 8mm stem girth. So even if you don’t acclimate these larger plants they will possibly not die from this type of stress.
(INFO FOR NERDS)
Plants with a main stem girth of 6-8mm had a mortality rate of 20% from not being acclimated properly.
Plants with a main stem girth of 4mm or less had a 70% mortality rate from not being acclimated correctly.
Fresh clones had about a 80% mortality rate from not being acclimated correctly.
Freshly sprouted seedlings had a almost 90% mortality rate from humidity stress related death.
evaporation-ponics setup for kratom – These systems work by letting the plants use the natural water cycle they’re used to within a hydroponic method.
As the plants utilize the water they exhale water vapor that trickles down through condensation collecting in the bottom of the outer tub. The water that accumulates has a higher PH of about 8.0PH and a purity level of zero PPM/TDS which is as good if not better than RO filtered water (if I could only keep leaves from falling in or mud from splashing over when I refill).
These tubs hold in the humidity so that the H20 in the hydroponic solution can be reclaimed, but it also keeps this high PH water away from the roots so the plants grow healthy without PH stress. The moisture can have it’s PH corrected to 5.8PH and be pumped back into the inner tub.
These could be a lifesaver if you’re growing in colder or less humid locations where tropical plants cannot survive year round, or colder climates where plants would never survive. They’re great for food and clean drinking water manufacturing. Wilderness survival guides drink the dew off the leaves of plants in the jungle. This is the same stuff.
Enjoy and if you decide to use this method please feel free to share your pictures and experience with us.
Maximizing Kratom Leaf Production of Mitragyna Speciosa.
How to cure Mitragyna Speciosa leaf harvest for red, green, and white strains. – REMEMBER STEM VEIN COLOR DOES NOT EQUAL END MATERIAL COLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!With that out of the way curing is a drying method.
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1. Place clippings in brown paper bag first to remove majority of moisture. The dry material will be cured GREEN. Do not stack leaves ruffle them up spread them out.
2. Take your dried green cure out in a few days and put it in a clear plastic bag with one end cracked open in bright intense light to create a RED cure.
3. if you want a YELLOW/WHITE cure leave your green in very intense light outside of a plastic bag, or in a clear ziplock bag with one end open and very low humidity.
Get the word “strain” out of your mind, in the Mitragyna Speciosa world the meaning of “Strain” is not anything like what it means in “cannabis culture”. “Kratom Strains” may or may not mean an exact genetic profile of a single clone line containing plants propagated for various rare beneficial traits.
Most likely your Kratom “Strain” is something a hard working honest processed flour vendor, or reseller came up with for marketing purposes.
In the live plant world if you’re looking for red bali plants or Green elephant plants, or even white Rhino plants you’re setting yourself up to get scammed.
Yes, there are clone lines that absolutely must maintain the same names, no matter how strange they sound, but there are only three documented in the USA. The three clone lines we maintain are well understood. Their names might get confused but the main thing is their place of origin. All current plants we sell have been genetically documented. We worked with a few friendly very kind university researchers who wanted nothing in return but to bring the community more information on how to grow these. Our trees now have digital DNA. We maintain them so you can also research them.
All other live plants sold in the USA and abroad are usually seedlings from indonesian seed. If you grew from seed your plant isn’t a Rifat, Bumblebee, or Pink Indo clone lines. Clones only come from cuttings.
Now that we have trained our brains off the word strain and have a better understanding of phenotypes we can learn how to create the color variations we want disregarding half thoughts noobie vendor myths and of course indo farmer myths.
To make it simpler from this point on I’ll only be calling variations of live plants “Phenotype” which is typically the same name as it’s clone line name if it is a clone. non clone lines would use the standard location based naming.
In the retail world of Kratom Cure material “strain” names are sometimes called “vendor names” Their product can be anything from anywhere, but honest vendors usually make some attempt to use The typical boring naming method format of 1.Place of manufacture, and 2. Cure color of flour material.
Some strains of flour harvest material can be randomly named this isn’t necessarily always bad. I have no info on how often vendors may rename for marketing, but as long as they’re not renaming live plant clone lines this doesn’t matter because harvest leaf cure material can have very different characteristics after it is cured.
(A beneficial attribute of this vendor marketing is If a new product has a defect the vendor knows what batch and can reject entire orders instead of having large quantities of polluted stock. To the consumer Kratom Strain “vendor names” help them recognize and disregard a bad brand especially if it’s manufactured incorrectly.) As a utilitarian I see value in vendor named strains.
Many “Strains” can come from the same plant, but each known phenotype of mitragyna has a very unique alkaloid content. So if we took 3 plants and the variety of colors from where the brown bag harvest starts at a dark green to every lighter shade down to red and down to orange and deeper still to bright peach and pinks and lighter colors down until yellow... how many strains???? I need a mathematician my head hurts =D
Therefore artistic interpretation by vendors of their processed flour product and it’s naming scheme is not a threat to the community because it is beneficial. Honest vendors should avoid marketing names like “Super maeng xxx da lava red Terminator waffle strain of absolute best etc etc..” because it just might cause confusion with K2 or other gas station branded chemically altered plant material. There is nothing wrong with a boring name.
You can buy any phenotype of plant and cure the material to red green or yellow/white Although the alkaloid content may be very different from a plant you are used to from indonesia if you try a plant from Thailand. Farmers don’t even use this color scale method as a method to determine if the plant has strong alkaloids. The method Farmers use to determine high alkaloids is bitterness of fresh leaves.
In the USA there are currently 3 distinct clone lines. Here I list their most common names with their stem vein dominance colors and region of origin.
Rifat (Red, yellow, green),Represents genetics from Thailand
Bumblebee (white, Green), Represents genetics from Malaysia.
Pink Indo (RED, Yellow), Represents genetics from indonesia.
The 4th variation of plants in the USA are from Wild grown seed (Vein could be anything and you can’t tell potency until they mature in a few months/years)
These are the steps I use to dry and cure.
I like to first place fresh leaves in to a brown paper bag. This removes the majority of the moisture. You can use a string box, or hang them up on string around your house if you like. I’m pretty utilitarian and feel that putting them in a paper bag and hanging them up in a window on a coat hanger clip is quick and easy method. You should ruffle up the leaves in a few days making sure there are no clumps of moist material in the center of your harvest pile bags.
Do not stack leaves up neatly put them in ruffled up and spread out.
No matter what color you want you first need to cure your material to a Green
start by putting fresh leaf material in Brown bag for a few days.
To make the Cure red you will need to put the green cured leaves into a clear plastic bag. (I highly suggest to cure them green first and not move on to this step if they are fresh or moist in the least bit.)
If you skip of removing the moisture in a brown paper bag, you will most likely end up with mold and a failed harvest. Leave one end of your clear ziplock open and put the bag in intense warm light.
To cure the material to a yellow or white Leave your leaves out in intense light to dry with no bag or open the bag up to create very low humidity
The light curing process can take a few days or weeks depending on Light intensity, Temperature and humidity in your area.
The artificial lighting test we ran took about 30-60 days. At 30 days color showed in most depending on the dominance of the leaf vein color. The leaf vein color can very in many of these depending on the PH humidity and nutrient availability.
STOP STOP STOP right there!!!! This method is ONLY for plants with a main stem girth of at least 10mm (Main stem should be about the width of a typical black sharpie marker). This method can kill smaller plants, or stress them out and stunt their overall growth for a few weeks or months..
Although we have had plants as small as 4mm re-foliate in humidity tubs with heat mats. We don’t suggest this EXPERIMENTAL METHOD OF HARVESTING at all for small starter plants WARNING WARNING WARNING!!! and that is your warning!! you have all been warned!!!
For all larger plants this method should also NOT be used if your plants have just arrived in the mail or have just been transplanted, if they have root rot, PH damage, Nutrient Lockout, or if it’s just really dry and hot I REPEAT DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS METHOD..we will not be responsible for damage!!! Attempt at your own risk!
If your plants show lots of yellow starved leaves you should wait until you see some fresh healthy green growth before attempting this.. Please give your new plants several weeks or months before even thinking about doing this method if they have just arrived..
Now to the nitty Gritty..
The method is very simple and aside from all the warnings we have had great success Simply remove all the leaves, and if you see dried leaf material or old terminal bud leaves (duckbill leaf bits) that are brown you can remove them with a toothbrush or small paintbrush to really keep your plant healthy looking.. Dead leaf waste harbors insects and draws them in as they rot.. so always clean up your area really well.
Keep the humidity as high as possible hot high intensity high UV lights ARE NOT NECESSARY!
Purple Full spectrum LED lights are not recommended to be used alone and for best results we have found it beneficial to have supplemental white lighting in the 5000-6500k range. 2000 Lumens minimum for best response. Keep it around 80-85F and as high as humidity as possible ensuring your plants are thoroughly watered through the entire 30 day process, or it may take longer to refoliate.
DO NOT TOUCH the branches as they refoliate..
The new buds forming are microscopic.. IF YOU CONSTANTLY TOUCH YOUR DEFOLIATED PLANT YOU WILL KNOCK OFF ALL THE FORMING BUDS. It is ok to spray horticultural oil solutions on to the defoliated plants in very low strength doses every 3 days as usual for standard mite and insect control.
(Harvest leaves should be placed into a brown paper bag and hung up in a window for a few days.. don’t lay leaf material flat.. fluff it up! Check it every other day and if you get any bunches spread them out so the moisture can escape naturally so mold cannot form within the clumps of harvest material.. See our “Leaf curing guide” for more info on how to make different color strains from your harvested material.) Enjoy!
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