Mitragyna speciosa is a beautifully growing tall tree found in the moist and swampy tropical regions of Southeast Asia. It is a sturdy and extremely tall tree which can grow up to the height of 30 meters. However, it produces delicate flake sized seeds which need fertile soils to be able to sprout into a tree. They generally grow in pod heads. Though the seeds are easy to sprout, they have a low germination rate.
How To Plant
Since the viability rate of the fresh seeds is about 20% while that of not-so-fresh seeds is about 10%, you can plant about 5 to 10 seeds per pot. Since the seeds are so light, there is a good probability that they will pollinate in the nearby region instead, as they can be easily blown away with the wind and be dropped at a place in the surrounding.
The plantation process is quite easy.
- Drop about 5-10 seeds in the pot
- Cover it with a thin layer of fertile soil
- Sprinkle water regularly
The best period to expect perfect germination of the seeds is within a few days after the seeds have been separated from the parent tree because that is when the seeds are most viable. This is one of the reasons why the dried seeds ordered online, often fail to sprout. Also due to a low germination rate, only a few make it to a fully grown tree with alkaloid rich leaves. Here are some of the things that you must consider when planting a kratom at the house:
- Try growing some of your favorite strains. Just keep in mind, that you order fresh seeds and a lot of them. You might have to plant hundreds of seeds to find at least a few of them sprouting.
- Choose the perfect spot. Favorably an area that is moist, fertile and with good drainage.
- Light conditions just as in tropical rainforests. The area should get sufficient sunlight to give the seeds the warmth it needs to thrive. But not too sunny, which can result in drying of the soil.
- A gentle breeze is said to enhance the alkaloid production in the plant, and so it is recommended to find a spot which gets a considerable amount of breeze. And if not, one can use a fan to produce a light breeze.
- Be sure to provide the seeds with an appropriate amount of fertilizer and plant food regularly, especially during the early phase.
- Be patient. It takes a long time for the plant to develop into a fully grown tree and even more time to produce leaves that can be harvested for use.
Following are the specifications that ensure perfect growth:
The fresher the seeds, the better. It has been noted that the seeds are most viable within two days after they have fallen from the parent tree. The freshly separated seeds sprout immediately, given the proper conditions. However, it is unlikely that such free seeds can be shipped and delivered to you within two days. Hence, the probability of growth reduces with the older seeds. It is best to plant as many seeds as you can to expect a few shots.
This species is known to grow in regions with the warm tropical climate. Hence they need the warmth to thrive. The region that you select should have a temperature of at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit or more. However, also keep in mind that the sunlight doesn’t directly affect the plant as this can cause dehydration of the soil. The plant is adapted to grow under the canopy of tropical trees in the rainforest and so is not used to direct sunlight.
The temperature needs to be warm as in tropical regions. The optimum temperature for growth is about 75-85°F. It is almost impossible to grow this tree outside in very cold regions. However, they can grow at a slower rate and achieve a spurt when brought outside during the summers in such regions.
The soil needs to be fertile, rich in nutrients, humus and nitrogen, moist, with good drainage but not so much that soil gets dry. It is more or less like the soil that is found on the river banks. It is also important to avoid too much dampness to allow growth of fungus, as this can destroy the plant and stunt its growth due to infection.
This plant is a heavy feeder which can consume more water and plant food that you can imagine. Overwatering is never an issue since it will absorb it all. Since it has to grow into a tall tree, it needs a good amount of fertilizer, particularly one with large amounts of nitrogen.
Once your seeds begin to sprout, you can say you have overcome the biggest hurdle. Getting the seeds to germinate is the biggest task. Everything else is then just a normal procedure. You have to maintain the conditions and keep watering the plants. Keep looking for signs of infections or other diseases and treat them as soon as you detect them.
Other than the above-mentioned conditions, one can also implement the following points for better growth:
- Using hydroponic equipment that eases the procedure of growing the seeds these days.
- We know that this tree is adapted to the humid environment and the shade. So it is necessary to grow the plants away from lamps or any other light source as this could hinder their growth.
- This plant doesn’t require to bear flowers to generate alkaloids, however, to provide a physical stimulation of leaves a light breeze either naturally or with the help of a fan is advised.
Can Kratom Seeds Grow In U.S. Climates?
The U.S. being a large country has varying climatic conditions. There are a few areas which can support the growth of this gigantic tree by providing it the warm climate that it needs. The regions of Florida and the Gulf coast are quite favorable in supporting the growth. These regions are best known for providing the tropical forest- like climate to this tree. Cultivating kratom in these regions can prove to be a successful mission.
However, it is highly advised to go through the legal rules regarding kratom in your region before planting them. You may consult the government authorities and gather all the legal advice before you plan to plant them. Some regions in the U.S. like Indiana and Louisiana do not allow the cultivation of this tree. Since this tree has always been a biological enigma due to the contradicting schools of thoughts, the rules in every region keep changing when it comes to this herb.
Considering the cost of cultivation, of course buying the powder or blends is much more cost effective than growing them. However, it is a pleasure of growing your food that pleases some people. Gardening and horticulture have their mood-boosting benefits and is a preferred hobby by many, and so cultivation at your place can be undertaken.
Most of vendors sell cuttings originating from mature plant so that it can work well.
Is it possible to grow a Kratom hydroponically?
Why not under following circumstances.
1- Alot of water
2- Lots of aeration
3- Required Less oxygen than other plants.
What i had went through , it was remarkably hard to grow your own plant because of its extream sensitive climate factor.
agree! Plus this take years to become potent plant.
Where can you buy the seeds?
Where can I buy Kratom plants everyone is out or sold out does anyone e know? Contact my email with the link please firstname.lastname@example.org
I need to be contacted regarding seeds or clones.
seth ricord @gmail.com
A friend offered me a cutting from a plant of his. Is it good to start with a cutting, or do you recommend growing a plant from seed?
I am desperately searching for seeds or seedling email@example.com
Do you have kratom seeds to sell if you dont then where can I find them ?
How long will this plant need to grow before its viable to harvest? I use kratom powder instead of opiates to control my pain and would like to supply myself.
I need cuttings, clones, but much rather have good propagated cuttings to grow my own plant and pass on cuttings.
We’re can I get seeds in uk and what chance of growing them in green house
I don’t have a green thumb, but I think I might like to try growing a Kratom plant. Can you give me any tips?
Do you think I’ll need to get any special soil for growing my Kratom plant?
You may try using a cutting, but reportedly there are problems with rooting; it is better to start with a seedling you have purchased or to plant seeds.
Good for you! I wish you success! My primary suggestion is that you will probably need to grow it indoors. There are only a few places in the USA where it could be grown outdoors, and these are in California and Florida.
Do you have the following variety of Kratom seeds for sale 1) Red Bali 2) Red Maeng Da 3) White Maeng Da? If so, how do I go about purchasing the seeds? Please let me know ASAP. Thank you in advance!
I live in South Florida and would like to grow my own.
I am interested in buying seeds, seedlings and / or cuttings.
Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
interested in buying some kratom seeds
Do you sell the seeds? Looking for seeds.
We’re can I get Fresh Seeds from Email – email@example.com
Thanks for the article this will help tremendously. I just ordered some seeds from iGrowKratom.com. I can’t wait for them to arrive.
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i also place my order there. offer great services
I am looking for seeds or clones (MAENG DA). THANKS!
how much time does seed take to develop into a fully grown tree?
Need red Bali or privitai red seeds. Anyone know a place?
do you sell seeds or cuttings, or do you know where to purchase them? I live in Florida USA
I need pricing on Seeds please as soon as possible. I like to grow my own plants and trees. Complete pricing like for 8oz to 16oz seeds or however you sell them. I would like to buy using my credit card do you offer secure purchasese on your website. I await your reply.
I’ve come up there with many questions..Can I grow this plant in my garden? Does there any need to fulfill the requirements?is it legalized to grow in any state? Looking forward to the best suggestion
Yes you can.it’s not too hard to plant but you need some special treatments; Fresh seeds, fertile soil, sunlight, and humid conditions. If you love to grow this then you must.