This is bad news for vendors using Air Cargo shipping as most of those shipments pass through Hong Kong and using different routes will cost more. Just saw a vendor on another site warning this (not to mention recent USPS price hikes) could lead to an increase in Kratom prices.
My container trees have been tipping and I’m starting to get a lot of broken branches. Sometimes the break is near the branch tip which if fine since it will keep growing. But some branches end up splitting like this one.
I hate to lose an entire branch so I’ve started using electric tape to mend the break. Basically I just line it up as best I can and then wrap the tape around fairly tightly. The tape is flexible enough to give a little as the branch heals and grows.
I’ve done this a few times and so far all the repaired branches seem to be fine. No browning leaves and tips still producing.
If this branch survives I’ll post another pic when it’s time to remove the tape.
Brilliant I setup a wordpress plugin that pulls in posts from pics, videos, and kratom bible here and auto populates on 10 other kratom sites. Long term goal is to drive traffic back here.
Great write up. I don't like to email often but i'd like to send this out. Also heads up I'm working on a simplified version of KWD for garden chat in general. Basically involves rebuilding the frontend here from scratch, but given what I've been working on for the last six months i'm expecting to move quickly, and make this place more accessible.
I'm mainly making these changes for myself. I want a place where I can build up a gallery, and scroll through previous months, and years to get a good perspective on just how much this place has changed. Most importantly I need a way to categorize and build up a real time inventory of what is exactly here and how much. Since I entered the very cooperate world of big tech (again) as a software engineer the more time I want to spend outside, or at least looking at pretty pics of rare plants.
Picked up a Super Sprouter propagation kit last month and started a new batch of clones.
Pretty much the same technique I’ve been using - Start with a healthy tip.
Strip off all the leaves except the top two and snip most of those to reduce transpiration. Then make a clean 45 degree cut below the bottom node.
Dip the stem in rooting hormone. I prefer the gel type over the powdered ones, seems to stick better.
And then carefully push the stem into the growing medium. I used peat plugs that were soaked in water that was pH’ed to around 5.5 and had a little SuperThrive added.
This year I kept them inside where the temperature stayed right around 80 degrees under the dome, and kept the light that came with the propagation kit on 24x7. Also made sure that the plugs stayed moist, but not sitting in water. Humidity mostly stayed in the 90’s.
They started sprouting roots right at three weeks.
Over the next few weeks I’d move the ones with roots into small pots filled with perlite and Fox Farms Ocean Forest soil.
We've had torrential rain in South Florida and I lost a few to rot. Next time I’ll keep them covered until they get bigger. Probably end up with about half of what I started with.
Some of them are from my one year old West Kali seedlings (the two on the right)
And the rest are from my two year old Rifat that’s just finishing up flowering.
Now comes the hard part, figuring out what to do with them.
Bit of a mixed bag, but somewhat positive and generally accurate with lots of info and sources. I doubt any government agencies can look at this and say that Kratom needs to be banned.