Since 2014, the Kratom tree and it's leaves has been growing in popularity due to the immense amount of press it has been given in news all around the world. Still though, people who have taken a liking to and studied into the plant, have discovered it has quite a number of very positive effects. Some of the people who enjoy Kratom daily have also taken their journey into kratom even further, bringing them to try growing their own kratom tree!
While a small pot for one plant may not supply the amount of leaves you'd need to make tea for the full year, it's caring and loving for the plants that give these people an enjoyment and starts to make them want to just have a more green thumb. We'll dive into some information in this blog about how to grow a kratom tree and what you might need to know to grow some beautiful kratom plants.
What You Should Remember
Kratom trees are generally grown in environments that are humid, hot, and get plenty of rain water throughout the year. Kratom trees thrive in moisture and heat, and most of the time, they grow under the canopy of the other trees in the forest around them. With that in mind, direct sunlight isn’t necessarily a major priority. One should attempt to imitate a “tropical rainforest” when they begin to grow their new Kratom tree. People who live in Mississippi will have a much easier time growing their kratom trees than someone living in northern Vermont. It's and absolute must to recreate the environment that the tree normally lives in to yield the best Kratom tree leaves for your tea.
Buying Plants Vs Seeds
The very first option you should consider when growing a Kratom tree is whether or not you'll end up using a starter plant or grow it straight from the seed. Growers should understand that for the seed to multiply under the soil, it needs to be incredibly fresh. Sadly, there are very few seeds found on in America that can claim freshness because they are either too old or too dry to germinate successfully.
Because of this fact, seeds can be very hard to come by in America. However, if someone does manage to find fresh seeds, they'll probably need to germinate several of these seeds at the same time to get enough seeds to sprout. Dependable seeds are not easy to come by, and one will need to purchase a rather large batch for multiple successful germinations.
Difficulty in germination is one of the reasons why plant starters, or early plant shoots, are usually the best option for new growers. You can purchase these starter plants from reputable growers all across the country, which helps them to skip several steps in the germination process. These rooted clones can provide you with the best options for growing your Kratom tree. The ability to see your plant coming out of the ground is very encouraging and helps new growers have confidence in cultivating their plant for the future.
A consumer has the opportunity to purchase cuttings or clones to start their Kratom tree. However, these usually result in odd growing patterns and strange shapes. Cuttings of stems do not often take usually root effectively and are more prone to infections and can be tough to keep these plants healthy over time. In the end, rooted plants are the best bet for someone who would like to learn how to grow a Kratom tree quickly and effectively.
The Soil of Your Kratom Tree
Kratom trees enjoy the rainy season, one of the reasons these trees thrive in this type of weather in Indonesia is because of the soil. The soil plays a significant role in a healthy Kratom tree because it needs to have plenty of irrigation, this can also be called drainage. First of all, the grower needs rich fertile soil, which offers plenty of drainage options. While drainage is essential, new growers must remember that the soil shouldn’t drain so much that it releases all of the water in the roots. Moisture is still quite vital for a Kratom tree to grow happily.
If a grower is working with seeds, more water and less drainage is needed for the seed to germinate and start taking root. When the tree grows out of the ground, correct combinations in the soil are required to maintain this growth. A vital tip to remember is to initially keep the soil as hydrated as possible to produce healthy germinated seeds. As the tree continues to grow, remember to maintain the moisture in your soil as needed to create the ideal environment for the plant.
Several variables come together to create a luscious kratom tree with many leaves. As with anything that grows in the ground, the soil is the most critical aspect of building a tree with stable characteristics for the future. The amount of water it receives, the amount of sunlight, heat, the humidity, frost, and cold, are all variables that growers in the United States need to be aware of as they maintain their plant.
Feeding The Kratom Tree
Once growers have developed the humidity in the soil for their Kratom tree and learned the specifics of its watering needs, feeding is the next important step. A Kratom tree requires a lot of nutrients in order to thrive. If someone has purchased a Kratom tree starter, it's most likely around 6 – 12 inches in height. When grown correctly, this tree has the potential to raise upwards of 100 feet or more. This plant becomes ravenous, consuming many of the important nutrients the farmer can provide. To become a fully mature tree the plant must consume and absorb all of the water and nutrients it has available to it. This sustainable method of cultivation allows the farmer/grower to maximize harvest time.
There are a number of ways to create a more resilient Kratom tree as well. With some research, growers have developed several methods for making their Kratom leaves stronger. One example is to use a fan on the plant. The wind can increase potency in the leaves of a Kratom tree, this comes from the fan being known to mimic windy simulations and could also increase the strength of the leaves and stem of the plant.
What's the Difference between indoor and outdoor light?
The Kratom tree flourishes in heavy amounts of sunlight. However, if a grower is working from a cutting or sprout, once the roots can be seen, make sure to introduce them slowly to the sunlight at first. Most indoor growers in the northernmost regions of America are using both natural and artificial light to help their Kratom tree grow the best leaves possible. There are some growers who report a 12/12 (12 hours with light, and 12 hours without light) light cycle is needed to have the healthiest plants. Other growers think a 16/8 light cycle is best. However, your plant doesn’t always need light constantly. Try your best to mimic the environment of the rainforest because your plant thrives in these conditions. Optimal conditions of a fruitful plant are sunlight, heat, and humidity. Every plant needs plenty of sunlight in the beginning. Make adjustments as you go along to ensure the best lighting conditions for your plant. Also, If you are planning on growing your Kratom tree indoors and you live in an arid environment, a humidifier is helpful in mimicking the humid days of a tropical rainforest.
Finally, Harvesting your Kratom
The most exciting aspect of growing a Kratom tree is when it comes to harvest time. For Kratom connoisseurs, the ability to turn leaves into tea is one of the biggest reasons they grow their Kratom tree. Harvesting is a crucial part of this process, and it doesn’t happen at just any time.
It can take a long time, and quite a bit of patience before the Kratom tree is ready to harvest. For maturity purposes, it can take up to two years and reach up to ten to twenty feet in height for maturation to happen within a Kratom tree. However, Kratom leaves can be harvested within a year, and the best way to know when the tree is ready for harvest is right before the leaves begin to fall off. The active ingredient in the Kratom leaves, also known as mitragyna, is the most active right before the leaves detach themselves from the tree. However, if your Kratom tree begins to flower (although this would be a very rare occurrence), it doesn’t necessarily mean your tree is ready for harvest. One must be sure to harvest only the fully developed leaves from the tree. Through careful consideration of their plant, and once the leaves drop naturally, one can get a proper calculation as to when it becomes time to harvest.
Time for your Kratom tea!
After harvest, the grower can harvest their leaves and create a tea. There are several options here because the stem and veins contain different alkaloid properties than the leaves. Do not throw anything away. If the harvester is efficient, they will take their time and separate the stem and vein from the leaves and enjoy both sets of alkaloid properties, or be able to enjoy them together in the future. Using a grinder or other tool that can turn the leaves into a fine powder is also essential for creating excellent Kratom tea.
Every day another person learns about the world of Kratom and its benefits. Many people purchase their Kratom powder near them from reputable vendors and also have a side hobby growing a Kratom tree as well. Most of these community members already understand they will not yield enough leaves from one Kratom tree. However, the attempt to grow something they love is what makes this process so enjoyable. A Kratom tree can grow in any state, climate is not a factor as long as the tree is grown indoors. The grower also needs to adjust specific parameters to ensure the right environment for the plant. These adjustments could be better lighting, a more humid environment, warmer climate, or all of the above. With the right care, the Kratom tree can flourish. Kratom is quickly becoming more and more popular, and growing Kratom is a fun hobby many enthusiasts enjoy.