Energy Springs From the Earth: How Growing Kratom Works
Kratom has grown fast in popularity in recent years. Its ability to help those who suffer from chronic pain relief, as well as its ability to help people who are addicted to drugs mitigate their dependence on them.
With its fast-growing popularity, you may have considered growing kratom yourself. No matter if you’re a hobbyist or a professional, it can be done with the right knowledge and tools.
In this post, we’ll tell you all about where kratom comes from, in what climate it thrives, and what to expect if you decide to grow it.
Read on for a comprehensive guide to growing kratom.
Is Growing Kratom Legal?
Because there is still a lot of controversy surrounding kratom and whether or not it should stay legal, this is a great question. If you live in a country or state where kratom is legal, then it is legal to grow it. Please defer to that before assuming that you can grow kratom.
Where Does Kratom Originate From?
Kratom is not just a plant but is a tree that can grow more than 80 feet high. If you picture growing kratom similarly to how people grow cannabis, you’ll be out of luck. You’ll need lots of room for the three to thrive. However, in a greenhouse or terrarium, your kratom plant might not grow nearly 80 feet.
The plant itself is named the Mitragyna speciosa, and it grows in Southeast Asia. You’ll mostly find it in Indonesia, Thailand, or Malaysia, where in those countries it is a part of their culture. In Thailand, kratom is often used to help people overcome drug addictions.
Before western colonization and regulation of the plant, kratom was very popular amongst for soothing teas, eating and drinking in powder form as well as chewing on the leaves. Digesting low levels of the plant’s leaves can create a stimulating effect that helps an individual focus. It can also make monotonous work seem easier and more stimulating, which is partially why it was so popular.
Many men in that region would work long hours hauling lumber and other goods, and chewing on the kratom helped relieve their physical pain as well as made the work more bearable.
Kratom was discovered by “the west” in the 20th century, where it was soon regulated.
However, because it is indigenous to Southeast Asia, the plant thrives in humid and rainy conditions. The United States isn’t the best for replicating these conditions, so most growers will need a way to create these conditions artificially.
Growing Kratom: Where to Start
As with any plant, you must start growing kratom with a seed. However, bear in mind that not all kratom seeds are suitable for growth. Often, the kratom seeds that you may purchase in the mail are not fresh enough to get them to germinate. But, a vendor who knows what they are doing and cares about their clients can sell plants that will grow, it all simply depends on the person.
When ordering seeds, you should always use shipping that is as fast as possible, preferably next day delivery. The best seeds are those that have just come out of the plant. Alternatively, you can also use a cutting of a kratom plant and grow it, which is often more successful. But these plants are prone to infections, so you’ll also need to care for it more.
You should plant your seeds in soil that has lots of nitrogen in it. You’ll also want the soil to be a little bit wet, but not soaking wet. If it is soaking wet, this can cause fungus and other issues.
Lastly, when you plant the seeds, make sure to plant several at a time in a few different pots. Keep in mind that not all of them will grow, especially in an artificial environment. Having a lot of seeds to plant increases your chance of actually growing them.
The Germination Phase
Of course, you’ve planted your kratom plants so that they’ll grow. But what do you do next?
If you’ve purchased a plant that you want to germinate, you’ll want to ensure it is in an environment like the one it came from. It should come wrapped up, so don’t open it immediately. Instead, wait until you’re in a humid area like your greenhouse or terrarium to open it. Otherwise, you face the risk of it wilting immediately.
You’ll break off a clipping and keep it in soil or water until it starts to grow roots and then transfer it as appropriate.
Keep in mind that as the seeds are sprouting, they’re not in need of light. But if you’re starting the kratom plants somewhere else, like inside your house, you’ll need to move them to a temperature regulated area before you allow them to germinate. You’ll also want to check on them often to make sure they’re faring well.
Your kratom plants may grow up to 10 feet (or possibly even larger), so you’ll want to be prepared for that.
Caring For Your Plant
You shouldn’t expect to be able to harvest the plant for the first year, so growing kratom does take a bit of commitment.
You’ll want to be sure to keep the soil fertilized often, usually every two to four weeks, with high-quality fertilizer. The soil that you purchase will usually have instructions on it and help you know exactly how to fertilize it.
Lighting and Environment
We’ve already stated that the kratom plant thrives in a tropical environment, like those in Southeast Asia. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may be able to get away with growing the kratom outside. If you live in an area that regularly gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, this won’t work, as the kratom plant will become dormant at that stage.
However, if you experience regular heatwaves and humidity, this is the perfect place for your plant to thrive. The plant has no issue with very high temperatures, so the hotter the better for your kratom plant.
If you have a greenhouse, you should be able to mimic a tropical environment very easily. You’ll want to include lighting, and high-intensity discharge light bulbs work quite nicely. Always be sure that the bulbs are far away from the plant, but not so far that they can’t reap the benefits of the light.
You should also turn the lights off at regular intervals to help mimic the environment the kratom would be in nature. Night falls in every part of the world, even where the kratom grows, so keep that in mind when you’re growing your plants.
When to Harvest
As you’re likely growing the kratom plants for your own use or for a commercial enterprise, you’ll need to know when to harvest your plants. The best time for this is the fall, though as we stated earlier, you likely won’t yield any leaves for the first year.
However, once you do yield leaves, don’t pull them off immediately to use, as this defeats the purpose of harvesting them. The leaves may not be fully mature and will definitely not be as good quality-wise if you do this.
Instead, harvest the leaves in the early fall. The leaves on the kratom tree will shed in the fall just like other trees, so don’t be alarmed by this. But because they will shed like other trees, you should harvest the leaves while they are still viable, and not after they’ve fallen from the tree on their own.
You can either use these clippings to plant a new kratom tree, for personal use or to sell. If you’re using the leaves to sell or personal use, keep the leaves in a cool spot away from sunlight. The container is in should be airtight. You may wish to store it in your freezer.
Growing kratom does take commitment and a fair amount of energy. But if you know it is something you want to do, why not give it a try? Even hobbyists and first-timers have to start somewhere, and why not with a kratom tree? As the leaves can help with everything from anxiety to depression to chronic pain, this is a great way to help people as you dabble in a more extreme form of gardening.
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