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Colorful Kratom

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

Growing your own kratom can be a very colorful adventure, especially when you grow with wild-sourced genetics collected from somewhere like the ancient Borneo rainforest. Heath forest soil, as found in the Kalimantan forests of West Borneo, is incredibly nutrient poor. Varying nutrient profiles from nitrogen deficiencies to high iron and more, yield a litany of different color expressions in live mitragyna speciosa. Experimenting with your own alterations in soil conditions and other environmental factors can amplify these color differences in unique and exciting ways.

Kratom trees can look incredibly unique due to their strong environmental adaptation response. It's amazing how many beautiful colors appear in the many specimens we sow from seed here at Magick Powers Potions.

Experimenting with environmental variables like soil nutrient profiles and light wavelength can result in astonishing color changes.

The photo in the top left quadrant (shown individually above) was sent to us as an update from a customer in Portland, OR. You can tell this plant underwent a change in humidity when these top leaves were forming (and the mitre was partially pinched), and they stuck together and grew in with a unique deformation... and a beautiful purple hue. Color changes are common in response to variations in light wavelength and soil nutrients.

It is not uncommon for other environmental changes to result in color changes as well. Sometimes the colors are mesmerizingly beautiful. In the photo above, the pink veins, purple leaf coloring and claret red mitre sheath contrast brilliantly against the light green new leaves about to be born and the emerald green leaves throughout🌿

The photos in the remaining three quadrants (shown individually below) depict some of the other sensational colors we have seen appear in our specimens.

Look at the ruby red veins and olive underside!

These colors are easily variable in response to environmental fluctuations. A plant that is green today could start turning orange tomorrow when transplanted into a different environment, and a yellow plant can turn green again or darken to a bronze. Pink and purple are not out of the question, and some leaves can be so dark they're almost black.

Each specimen seems to exhibit a unique response to environmental changes. For example, two trees may turn different colors, unique from one another, even though they are all subjected to relatively the same environmental conditions. One may stay dark green, another may turn a brilliant florescent lime color, even when fed identically and under identical lights. With genetically diverse specimens, each one can be a little different, and their tolerance and responses to variables can be subtle or pronounced in their individuation.

Like Hydrangeas that can be pink in one type of soil and blue in another, kratom responds differently to varying pHs, nutrient levels, light sources and even temperatures.

We have experimented with fluctuations in temperature, soil minerals, pH, humidity and other factors to encourage more of the naturally occurring variation in colors and textures. So far, the plants seem to have a mind of their own, and do not necessarily respond the same way to the same stimuli. We chalk this up to the seemingly endless phenoplastic magick of the species, and enjoy witnessing the rainbow dance.

With seed-sown mitragyna speciosa, you never know what you're going to get, and that's part of the fun. Embrace the adventure🌿 #growyourown

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