Growing kratom at home does not require botanical or gardening expertise, but it does require a bit of precision and care. Here are some tips and tricks you should take note of when growing these plants at home.
Growing Kratom At Home | What You Should Know
What Is Kratom?
Also known as ketum, the kratom plant is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to the botanical regions of Indochina and Malaysia. Its scientific name is Mitragyna speciosa. The leaves are typically green, but have many variants with different colored leaf veins (red, green, white).
Why Grow Kratom?
As you may have already experienced, kratom is a potent natural remedy for some health conditions. Since the 19th century, it has been used as traditional medicine by locals in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and even Papua New Guinea. The effects of kratom range from mood enhancing to stimulating, making it a perfect remedy for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even low mood levels.
How Do I Grow Kratom?
There are many ways to grow kratom at home, but before buying kratom seeds or plants, you should prepare the growing area. As a tropical species, Kratom plants thrive well in humid weather with lots of sunlight. If your location does not provide these conditions, you may want to prepare a small greenhouse to control the humidity, light, and temperature.
As for soil requirements, you’ll need humus, or a soil that is fertile, rich in nutrients and moisture, and drains well. The soil must also be free of insects or fungus that could attack or rob the plant of much-needed nutrients. Check out this link to learn more about growing kratom plants in winter.
Seeds Or Cuttings? Which Is Best?
You can propagate the plants from cuttings, but you may need some initial help from an expert. The most successful growing method is to grow plants directly from kratom seeds. If you go this route, make sure you find a reliable online or physical supplier to buy your seeds from.
When tending to your kratom plants, water them religiously, supply them with the right plant nutrients, and expose them to natural sunlight periodically. Be patient when growing your kratom plants so you can harvest the best strains; some variants take about a year to finally produce kratom leaves for your use.
Any Tricks I Need To Know?
To successfully grow your kratom plant, follow these simple tips and tricks:
- When choosing kratom seeds, pick the freshest ones. Kratom seeds tend to expire quickly, so check if the seeds are dry. If you order online, make sure your supplier’s delivery time is fast.
- If you opt for cuttings instead, get the ones that are cut with two nodes underneath a new growth of leaves. They usually represent the end of a branch and are smaller in size and lighter in color.
- Measure and adjust your soil’s pH levels. Kratom plants grow best in soil with pH levels of 5.5-6.5.
- If you are getting a potted kratom plant, store it in a dark room first for a day before transferring it to the soil because plants absorb nutrients better when they’re in dark places.
Watch Phill Not Bill as he demonstrates how he grew kratom plants at home using seeds below:
Even if you are a beginner, don’t be intimidated about growing kratom in your own home. Simply know the basics and give your seeds enough love, care, and patience for them to grow well. Moreover, go for quality materials and ideal conditions. You won’t be successful if you don’t put in a lot of effort (and a bit of money) to grow the kratom you need.
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Disclaimer: As with any natural remedy, please use discretion on the amount and frequency as kratom can have adverse effects. You can find our full disclaimer here.