Mitragyna Speciosa trees are native to Southeast Asia and naturally grows in the jungles there. The soil is rich and this tropical tree requires humid conditions to thrive. Kratom is closely related to the coffee family, and the trees can grow as tall as 100 feet high. These plants will not do well in climates that are not tropical. Let’s discover more about how to grow kratom.
How Do I Get Kratom Seeds?
Kratom seeds are not like other seeds that you buy to plant a vegetable or flower garden. You will not be able to head out to your local shops and pick up kratom seeds. Plus, you will have to access fresh seeds, which are nearly impossible to find in the United States, Canada, and surrounding countries.
Some vendors may sell kratom seeds. However, the odds of these seeds succeeding once they are planted are pretty low. Kratom seeds tend to lose their ability to produce a plant within days of being harvested. This means that the seeds need to be planted right after harvest takes place. Since the harvesting of kratom will take place in Southeast Asia it is going to be nearly impossible to get your seeds within a few days to successfully plant and grow a Mitragyna Speciosa tree.
However, maybe you are lucky enough to travel to Southeast Asia for this purpose and obtain fresh seeds. The seeds would need to be harvested right before boarding a plan to return to the United States. Even if this scenario played out, there is a risk that the kratom seeds will not survive the journey. Plus, plants need to germinate, so you would need to plant several at a time. This will give you the best chance at one of your seeds surviving and sprouting.
So when sourcing your seeds from a vendor you will need to check out their source and see how long it is taking the seeding to get to the actual vendor after harvest. Be sure that you buy several seeds so you have the best chance at one of them spouting.
What’s the Best Environment to Grow My Seeds?
Kratom thrives in their native home where the temperatures are hot and humid and the soil is rich. For your kratom seeds to thrive in the United States you will have to meet these strict growing requirements.
The soil will need to have high humus levels, be fertile, and have a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. The soil needs to be in an area will it will drain well but retain some of the moisture. You will not want to keep the soil wet all the time because this could cause insects or fungi to take over the plant.
It is not a good idea to plant kratom outdoors, as you need a light, humidity, and temperature-controlled environment. However, you will not want your kratom tree to have too much sunlight. Some say that fluorescent lights work well, but again this is just some user’s experience.
The best source of lighting would be High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights. These are ideal for indoor growing and will also mimic outdoor conditions but also be well controlled. On average, the Sumatra Islands in Indonesia sees humidity levels of 72 to 74 percent. This is a popular area for kratom to grow and is well known for its humidity levels.
However, humidity is just one of the many factors that could affect the alkaloid content of the kratom leaves. This is why it matters where the strain originates, as it will vary the chemical makeup. Keep reading to learn how to grow kratom.
Where Does Kratom Grow Naturally?
As mentioned above, kratom is native to Southeast Asia. It grows naturally in this environment and thrives in the tropical climate. The Mitragyna Speciosa trees have flourished here for hundreds of years. Areas that are plentiful in kratom trees include:
- Papua New Guinea
Kratom naturally grows in the jungles of these areas, and the seeds are known to propagate themselves because the conditions are favorable. We are not going to lie, mimicking natural conditions like those found in Southeast Asia is going to be difficult.
How To Grow Kratom
Kratom plants begin as a seed or a cutting, but both have a low success rate. The seeds must be very fresh and planted in large groups to help increase the chance of one seedling sprouting. Cuttings are difficult to grow as well because they can contract fungus or have issues producing roots.
Here is what you need to help give your kratom seeds the best possible chance at survival.
- Seeds – You will need to fresh source seeds. Also, be sure to buy an adequate amount of seeds to help give you the best chance at them sprouting.
- Soil – The soil is so important. It will need to be rich in nutrients, hummus, and nitrogen. It should have good drainage but also be able to hold some moisture. Watch the soil and make sure that it never gets too dry. On the other hand, you do not want it to get too damp as this could cause a fungus to grow and would kill out the kratom plant. So, an adequate amount of water is going to be very important. The pH needs to fall somewhere between 5.5 and 6.5.
- Sunlight – The seedlings will need to have the right amount of sunlight, but do not allow the soil to become so dry that it cracks.
- Temperature – Kratom requires hot and humid weather. So, you will have to provide tropical weather. If you live in a cold area you will have to grow your kratom plants indoors. The optimal humidity is between 70 to 80 percent. You may be able to mimic this climate in an indoor greenhouse.
Once They Take Root
If you have made it this far then you deserve a pat on the back. Growing kratom is no easy task. However, the work is just beginning. Your plants will need to have adequate amounts of light and water but not too much. Be sure you water your plant liberally and watch for any signs of fungus.
The tree will need to be in weather conditions that mimic those of the tropical islands of Asia. Windy conditions tend to produce potent forms of kratom. So, you may want to place it in an area that receives a lot of wind or help it along with a fan.
Flowering and Leaves
If you have successfully maintained your seedlings to the point that they are producing flowers and leaves, then you will have to know the final steps towards producing your favorite kratom products. You should be cautioned that it may take up to 2 years before the kratom plant reaches maturity. Trees that are 20 feet will be ready for harvesting.
Harvesting will require you to take the leaves off before they fall from the tree. The best time to do this in late summer or early autumn. You can use the leaves as is, but you may want to have a go at producing your favorite strains. So, this would require a drying technique. You will have to carefully monitor the leaves for mold and fungus.
Tips For Growing Kratom Seeds
Growing kratom from seeds is no easy task. You will want to do a lot of research and reading before taking on this task. Here are some tips to help give you the best success with your kratom seeds.
- Buy the freshest seeds that you can source.
- Be sure to buy a lot of seeds to give you the best chance of one of them sprouting.
- Do not plant your seeds in dry soil. Make sure it will get proper drainage but also retain moisture.
- The soil needs to be fertile and humus-rich. Be sure to offer fertilizer when nutrients are needed.
- Do not over-water your kratom plant.
- Keep artificial light or sunlight during the germination period low.
- Be sure to mimic humidity levels to those that kratom is native to.
Growing your own kratom plants can be very rewarding, but it is no easy task. The first hurdle that you have to overcome is sourcing your kratom seeds. Then you have to provide an environment that is similar to Southeast Asia.
If you do not want to try growing your own kratom because of all the work that is involved, we have you covered. Here at Oasis Kratom, we offer the most popular strains of kratom including Maeng Da, Borneo, Bali, Malay, and much more. Check out our kratom powders and capsules, and let us know if you have any questions. We hope this guide has helped you understand more about how to grow kratom.