What You Should Know About the Kratom Tree and Growing One
Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, has become increasingly popular in Western culture over the past few years. Over 15 million people use Kratom in the United States alone. Many newbies and avid Kratom fans have questions regarding the Kratom tree, so we have decided to give you an in-depth look into the plant and all things surrounding this mystical botanical.
Let’s get started
What Is the Kratom Tree
Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree that grows wildly in countries such as Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand, and more. For centuries it has been used by the native people in socio-religious ceremonies as well as used as an energizing stimulant. Biologically, Kratom is related to the coffee plant, however, it is very unique in its own right due to the alkaloids that are present in the Kratom leaves.
The trees can reach heights of up to 100 feet and reach a width of up to 15 feet. The trees are native to a tropical climate and do not handle the cold well. In the appropriate climate, the Kratom tree will never lose its leaves and it will grow all year long until it is harvested. During the wetter seasons, the Kratom tree will produce more leaves as opposed to the dry season.
The Wild Kratom Tree
In the wild, this tree grows in Red, Green, and White Vein varieties. With that being said, most of the Kratom tree’s that are grown commercially are of the Red Vein variety. The way that the Kratom tree’s leaves are grown, the time they are harvested, and how they are cured all affect the final result.
For example, what is labeled as Red Vein Kratom are Kratom leaves that are harvested later in the season. Additionally, they are usually dried outdoors and they are often fermented. This process yields the intense reddish hue that Red Vein Kratom is known for having.
What Makes Kratom so Special
Do you remember those alkaloids we touched on earlier? Two of them, Mitragynine, 7-Hydroxymitragynine only exist in nature in the Kratom plant! While the Kratom tree’s leaves do contain up to 40 different alkaloids, these two are unique to Kratom and are responsible for its highly sought after effects.
The Kratom tree has been hailed for centuries as a miracle plant that can help focus, energize, and bring pain relief to its users. Kratom is regarded by many as a powerful botanical option in holistic healing.
Growing a Kratom Tree
As we touched on earlier, Kratom thrives in its native environment. The tropical climate of Southeast Asia is the perfect region for cultivating strong and potent Kratom trees. With that being said, it is possible to grow one elsewhere.
What you need to remember is that Kratom loves a hot, humid, and wet environment and unfortunately there are not many places in the world that can replicate its home environment. For those who are living in the American Southeast, in states like Florida, growing Kratom might not present as many challenges as it would for someone living in Maine!
You need to create a rainforest-like environment to have your Kratom tree not only survive but thrive. Another thing to remember is that if you are growing a Kratom tree you should be doing so simply out of adoration for the plant itself. One Kratom tree will not be enough to supply endless amounts of Kratom, and cultivating and curing Kratom is a tough skill that takes years to perfect.
Seeds or Plants
You can purchase Kratom tree seeds if you wish to grow a Kratom tree at home or you can also purchase starter plants. Buying Kratom seeds can be tricky in the West as many of them are not fresh and older seeds tend to be hard to germinate.
The best option for new growers is to buy starter plants or clones from a larger mother plant. Cuttings are an option that has already begun to grow into a small Kratom tree. With this option you can start taking care of the plant right away, however, in some cases, the tree might have an odd shape or growth pattern due to the shape of the original cutting.
Taking Care of the Tree
In its native soil, the Kratom tree thrives due to the irrigation of the soil among other factors. In addition to properly drained soil, your Kratom tree will need plenty of water and sunlight. If you are growing in a colder climate you must be mindful of changing seasons, cold, and frost.
Your Kratom tree will need lots of nutrients to survive. In the early stages of growth, your Kratom tree will need extra TLC to grow healthy and strong. It is possible to grow a Kratom tree indoors using artificial light, however, Kratom thrives in natural sunlight.
Grow or Purchase
When it comes down to it the bottom line is this…The Kratom tree is not easy to grow at home. If you decide to take on the challenge of growing a Kratom tree you should be prepared that it might not end well. Growing Kratom should be done as a way to celebrate your love for the plant rather than as a means to harvest your own Kratom.
Etanicals is here for you no matter what you choose be it buying loose-leaf powder or taking a crack at home growing the tree! We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest Kratom on the market.
We always third-party test our Kratom before it ever reaches our customer’s hands. Getting your Kratom from a reputable source like Etanicals is the best way to enjoy your Kratom!
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