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Understanding Kratom Growing Zones And Regions

Whether you are new to kratom or an avid user you may be curious as to the kratom growing zones and regions. A lot of users are looking for a way to grow their own kratom so that they know the quality that they are receiving. 

Kratom Growing Zones And Regions

As you know, kratom is native to Southeast Asia. It grows in the wilds of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Indonesia happens to be the largest export hub for kratom. Kratoms botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa and is closely related to the coffee (Rubiaceous) family. Kratom is a complex plant that is not easy to grow. However, with some careful guidance, you too can produce your own kratom plants at home. 

Let’s discover more about the kratom growing zones and regions. 

What Does Growing Zones Mean?

The growing zone is basically the area in which a plant will thrive. While you can try to grow kratom in various regions across the nation this does not mean you are going to be successful. Once you know your growing zones you will be able to establish how to grow your kratom, whether that is indoors or outdoors. 

When a plant is marked hardy to a specific growing zone this indicates that the plant will be able to survive in the coldest temperatures. You must pay attention to growing zones and know rather or not kratom can be grown in your area. Otherwise, you may end up with a lot of frustration. 

Kratom Growing Zone and Regions

Kratom can either be evergreen or deciduous, as the environment it is grown in will determine which the tree is. Kratom trees can reach 12-30 feet tall and measure 15 feet wide. However, when grown in its native land it may grow up to 40-100 feet tall. 

Despite what some research says, kratom can really be grown in any environment as long as it receives the attention that it needs. Most gardeners will choose to grow their kratom plant indoors until it reaches a certain height. This allows them to control the temperature, much like a greenhouse. 

Kratom can be grown outside as long as it is in an area that is warm and brought in when temperatures start to decline. Kratom does not require any special tools. This herb can thrive as long as it is given the right temperature, humidity, soil, water, and sunlight. All of which can be done in a controlled environment. 

Kratom trees can only be planted directly in the ground in areas where there is tropical or sub-tropical weather. Trying to grow kratom from seed can prove to be very difficult as the seeds need to be fresh when planted. This means that they have to go into the soil within a few days of leaving the host tree. Since all kratom is native to Southeast Asia this is going to be tricky. 

This is the reason why most people will opt to buy live plants versus seeds. The best method of growing kratom is by obtaining a cutting from a live tree and then rooting them. Kratom has a much higher success rate when you start with a live plant.

You will want to place your cutting into a large pot. This will allow the roots to grow and spread. Those who deal with live kratom plants have commented on how quickly they grow. You may need to prune your plant to ensure that it is given the best chance at surviving. Add in fertilizer as needed, especially at the starting stages of growing kratom. 

As we know, kratom is a tropical tree and it naturally dislikes cold weather. However, they do well if grown in a controlled environment. A kratom plant can go dormant and actively stop growing if faced with a temperate region that experiences winter. These plants need to be in 70 to 90-degrees Fahrenheit weather. You should never leave a kratom tree outside when the temperatures are less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Kratom trees that have some age on them will be a bit hardy to colder temperatures. However, they will not be able to endure frost. Just know that a cold climate can cause the growth of the tree to slow down. 

Utilizing a greenhouse can prove to be the best way to grow kratom. It will provide the supplemental heath that is required for kratom to thrive. Some people have created natural thermal heat with the use of a tarp. This will help shelter it from damaging temperatures. You will also want to ensure that the base of the tree is heavily mulched. This will cover the roots and make sure they can survive frigid temperatures. 

For you to get a better understanding, the average humidity in Thailand is between 90-94% during the morning and 50-70% in the evening. Humidity will help improve the quality of kratom you are producing.  

When growing in a controlled environment you can use humidifiers to help provide just the right amount of humidity for your plants. You can use any type of fertilized bag soil to grow your kratom. Kratom does prefer to have acidic soil ranging between 5.5 and 6.5 pH. If your kratom is in alkaline soil it could cause the leaves to turn yellow and blotchy. In this case, you will want to add sulfur or dry pine needles to help improve the pH balance of the soil. 

Kratom loves light. It will do well in controlled environments that allow light 24 hours a day. You will notice the more light that your kratom receives, the darker the color green the leaves will be.

Growing Zones

You can look at this map for guidance on where kratom will grow the best. 

  • USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
  • USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
  • USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

Where to Grow:

  • Outdoors in hardiness zones
  • Can grow in containers
  • Can grow in a controlled environment indoors

Soil pH requirements:

  • 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
  • 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Best Regions To Grow Kratom Outdoors:

  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Key West, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Oviedo, Florida
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Santa Fe, Texas
  • Midlothian, Virginia
  • Renton, Washington

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Written by Jen Reaney

Published on September 10th, 2021