In the northeast of Thailand I am busy growing my future wood supply. We have 10 rai (about 4 acres in English money) of 3 year old rubber trees. That’s a total of around 1,000 trees. We are growing them for the latex of course but after 20-25 years they no longer produce and can be sold for lumber, I’ll probably keep some of them for myself!
Latex cutting starts once the trees reach a certain size, it’s generally between 6 and 7 years. In the meantime we remove the grass around the trees and apply fertiliser twice a year, they are not high maintenance. We are hoping to get some more land in the next couple of years, I am thinking of splitting that land 50%-50% between rubber and teak trees.