Kratom is the term for Mitragyna Speciosa, an evergreen tree that hails from Southeast Asia. In countries like Thailand and Malaysia, where climates are hot and humid, where soils are rich in nitrogen, offer an ideal enviornment for kratom. However, the question that most people ask is, can you grow kratom plants on your own? The answer to that question is multi-faceted.
You see, while you can grow kratom, conditions have to be perfect. Not only do you need kratom seeds, but they have to be incredibly fresh seeds. Why? Because the conditions for planting those seeds are ripe for only a very short period. If you try to plant the kratom seeds too late, you’ll get nothing.
Now, that’s considering that you’ve created the ideal environment to mimic the climate in Southeast Asia. Sure, you can do it. But to create that climate in a greenhouse is incredibly difficult. Not only do you need the same climate conditions, but you also have to mimic the soil conditions, along with the amount of water the plant would normally get and so on.
However, that isn’t much of a deterrent for most. But even evergreen experts struggle with growing their own kratom plants. It is taxing and trying. What’s the most complex is actually finding seeds fresh enough to plant when you get back home. They would have to come directly from the plant and be re-planted into soil within 2 days.
Depending on where you live in the world or how far the seeds are traveling, that might pose some difficulties. Keep in mind that the fresher the seeds, the more likely that you’ll be able to grow kratom plants that could one day even turn into kratom trees. To do this you’ll most likely need to grab the seeds literally right before jumping on an airplane.
Buying Kratom Seeds
Be wary when you’re buying kratom seeds. It’s well-known that some kratom seed sellers are substituting out the Mitragyna Speciosa for Mitragyna Parvifolia. These are fake kratom seeds. But because so many people are trying to get their hands on kratom seeds that they can plant and grow, the market for fake kratom seeds has grown quite large.
Keep in mind that the viability of these seeds is going to be somewhere in the range of 20%. We’re talking 20% for fresh seeds that are within days of being separated from the mother plant. If you have not-so-fresh seeds, viability drops down to somewhere in the 5% to 10% range. And potentially even lower.
Also, don’t even waste your time with buying dried seeds. You’ll have a viability of less than 1%, if even that much. Stick to absolutely fresher-than-fresh seeds. If you can actually collect the seeds in person, that’s highly preferred. If you can’t, you’ll find a hard time actually germinating the seeds that you do receive.
Keep in mind that not only do you have to buy fresh kratom seeds to plant, but in order to grow kratom in whatever environment you’re in, you have to have ideal conditions. Without ideal conditions it will be virtually impossible to grow kratom into a plant or to even get it to sprout in the first place. Yes, they’re easy to sprout once they do sprout. But getting them to germinate is very difficult.
How To Grow Kratom
If you’re serious about growing kratom instead of buying it, here’s the steps you need to take. Keep in mind, that you’ll need a lot of fresh seeds. And I mean a lot. The more you have, the better chances you’ll have to actually grow kratom into a viable plant that will eventually produce leaves you can use.
Keep in mind that the seeds have an incredibly low germination rate. They’re small little slivers that you’ll need to get into the soil literally almost immediately after they’ve been separated from the parent tree. It’s also best that you plant as many as possible to increase the potential for germination. And you can’t use dried seeds because there’s almost no viability that they’ll germinate and sprout.
Here are some of the conditions necessary to grow kratom:
- Use lots of fresh seeds. Keep in mind that viability drops considerably the longer the seed goes after separation from the parent. If you’re serious about growing kratom, use lots of seeds. Drop 5 to 10 per cluster to ensure germination. And do not used dried or old seeds. This will make all the difference in your ability to actually grow kratom and make it sprout.
- Use soil that’s rich in nitrogen and that has good drainage available to it. Ensure that the area gets plenty of good sunlight as well to mimic the conditions in the tropical rainforests where kratom is known to grow. That means it needs plenty of sufficient sunlight and warmth in order to survive.
- It’s been said that kratom prefers breezy conditions. Again, similar to the conditions of tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. If there’s not much of a breeze in the greenhouse where you’re trying to grow kratom, then you could invest in a fan that could spread a light breeze over the area.
- Regularly water and add plant food to the soil. Especially if it’s not rich in nitrogen, humus and other nutrients, the kratom plant will need that in order to grow and to sustain long-term growth over time.
- Stay patient because it takes a long time to grow kratom in plants and even longer for them to turn into trees. Keep in mind that kratom trees grow up to 30 meters (around 100 feet) in height, which takes decades. Don’t expect to have a kratom plant or tree overnight. Stay patient and keep ensuring it has the ideal environment to flourish.
The following are requirements associated with growing kratom. Now, if you’re wondering whether kratom can grow in the United States, it can in certain climates. If you’re looking to grow it outdoors, you could select Florida’s Gulf Coast where the conditions are rather ideal and very much mimic those of the tropical regions in Southeast Asia.
You could also grow it along the Southeastern seaboard, closer to Florida. Again, it needs a humid and wet climate to grow. In the U.S., Florida is about as close as you’ll come, but other states nearby could also work such as Georgia and South Carolina, depending on the exact location within those states.
However, before even attempting to grow kratom, you absolutely must check all the legal requirements in your state. Currently, kratom is legal in the state of Florida, but it is not legal in Sarasota, Florida. That city has banned kratom. Be sure to check the legality of kratom within your state before attempting to do anything like this.
The soil required to grow kratom needs to be packed with nutrients. We’re talking about high levels of nutrients like nitrogen and humus. Others as well. it also needs to be moist. But not so moist that it stays wet. Ensure that it’s properly drained if you’re setting this up in a greenhouse. If you plan to do this, setup the soil before you get the seeds. You’ll need to get those seeds into the soil within two days of them leaving the parent plant or tree.
This means you’re going to need to get the fresh seeds directly from the plant and then get on a plane and plant them straight away. This is going to be quite the process. Now, it is possible. However, you should plant as many seeds as possible. Even when they’re fresh. Remember, the viability will drop considerably the longer these seeds are separated from the plants.
Kratom grows in warm tropical climates. How warm? We’re talking about temperatures that average roughly 65° degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 18.3° Celsius). Of course, if you’re trying to plant it in a place aside from Southeast Asia where you need to convert the temperature to Celsius, it likely will not work unless you go for somewhere in the south of Spain or an equivalent island that doesn’t get cold in the winter.
Keep in mind, also, that this plant is accustomed to growing in tropical rainforests. That means that it doesn’t always get direct sunlight. In fact, direct sunlight could quickly dry out the kratom plant. You don’t want that. You want to keep it in a warm area without too much direct sunlight. That’s the trick and the difficulty in growing kratom in an environment that it wasn’t essentially suited to grow in. That means keep growth lamps away from the area if you want kratom to grow in a greenhouse for example.
In general, you’ll want to ensure that you keep the temperature at roughly 75 to 85° F if you intend to grow this on your own in a greenhouse somewhere that ‘s not a tropical climate. Also, please note that kratom has a heavy consumption of plant food. You have to keep it happy by feeding it often. You could also consider hydroponic conditions for germinating the growth of your kratom plant. But it’s best to keep it in soil and directly mimic the conditions it has in Southeast Asia where it predominantly grows.
Now, getting the kratom plant to actually sprout is the hardest part. Once your kratom has sprouted, all you have to do is maintain its conditions as you would while growing any other plant. Keep the soil moist but not dry (i.e. well-drained) and the temperature and climate steady (if you’re using a greenhouse).