Piper methysticum, commonly called kava, is an upright, dioecious, evergreen shrub.

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About Kava Kava

Kava or kava-kava is a crop of the western Pacific. The name kava is from Tongan and Marquesan. Piper methysticum, commonly called kava, is an upright, dioecious, evergreen shrub with heart-shaped glossy dark green leaves.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Kava or kava-kava
Maximum Reachable Height 10 to 15 feet
Flower Colour Creamy white
Bloom Time Seasonal bloomer
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Pot your kava kava plant in loose soil that allows for water drainage to prevent root rot: growers usually recommend a blend of 50% organic compost and 50% Perlite or coconut coir.
  • Best located in shady areas that are protected from drying winds.
  • Remember, kava evolved to expect regular rainfall in its jungle habitat, so water your kava regularly!
  • If you are growing it in a drier environment such as indoors, you will probably want to mist your kava leaves with a spray bottle to maintain a good level of humidity.

    Kava Kava care

    This shrub is best grown in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in moist, humid, tropical conditions with frequent rainfall. If you want to try growing kava at home, search for a kava vendor selling live seedlings or rootstock. Keep in mind that domesticated Piper methysticum (kava kava) plants are sterile, meaning they produce no seed and new plants must always be grown from cuttings or the root bundle of the plant.

    Sunlight Part shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 75 to 80 degrees
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Kava Kava special feature

    This tropical shrub is infrequently grown in the U.S. except for Hawaii. In temperate climates, it may be grown in containers that are overwintered indoors from fall to spring.

    Kava Kava uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose
    • In temperate climates, it may be grown in containers that are overwintered indoors from fall to spring

    Medicinal Use:

    • Arthritic and rheumatic conditions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Kava Kava ?

    Kava Kava is commonly known as Kava or kava-kava

    How tall do Kava Kava grow?

    On average Kava Kava grows 10 to 15 feet

    What color are Kava Kava ?

    A Kava Kava plant bears flowers of color Creamy white

    When Kava Kava blooms?

    With enough light, Kava Kava may produce Creamy white flowers in Seasonal bloomer

    How hard is Kava Kava to grow?

    A Kava Kava is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Kava Kava need?

    A Kava Kava prefers Part shade

    How much water does a Kava Kava need?

    A Kava Kava prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Kava Kava need?

    A Kava Kava prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Kava Kava like?

    A Kava Kava prefers 75 to 80 degrees

    How often should I fertilize my Kava Kava ?

    To encourage Kava Kava growth, Apply any organic fertilizer



    Reviews

    Monday, 04 November 2019

    This plant can be grown anywhere in the house in?indirect sunlight.

    Prakash Barla

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