Kratom is a holistic medicine harvested from the Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as the kratom tree. These trees originated in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia. Moreover, the kratom leaf has been used in traditional medicine since the 19th century. Read on to learn all about the kratom tree, its origins, and the process of growing kratom plant.
Kratom Tree Facts You Need to Know
In this article:
- Tracing the Roots of the Kratom Tree
- The Aesthetic of a Kratom Tree
- The Evolution of Kratom
- Growing A Kratom Tree
- Growing Your Own Tree
Tracing the Roots of the Kratom Tree
The Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree in the family of flowering plants, Rubiaceae. Many farmers from Southeast Asian countries have been growing kratom plants for years. In fact, kratom has become a part of their culture.
The Aesthetic of a Kratom Tree
The Mitragyna speciosa has an average height of around 50 feet, but it can grow up to a whopping 82 feet. Its leaves are what set each type of kratom tree apart from each other.
The kratom we consume is from the leaves of the Mitragyna. Moreover, most brands would label a strain depending on the leave’s appearance. For example, the white-veined kratom’s leaves can be identified as large leaves with white veins running through its body.
The Evolution of Kratom
Kratom tree farmers would simply chew on the kratom leaves to benefit from its wonderful effects. However, the process of taking kratom has come a long way from raw chewing. Today, you can take them in kratom capsules, powdered kratom, kratom tea, kratom extract, and even mix them with different food recipes. Nonetheless, kratom is still the holistic medicine that functions as an alternative remedy to many chemical supplements.
Growing A Kratom Tree
Kratom trees are grown in a moist environment with an abundance of sunlight and must be planted in nitrogen enriched soils. Consequently, these trees are very sensitive to drought and frost. Most kratom plantations are located in Southeast Asia that has a cool tropical climate. In addition, the Mitragyna is a heavy feeder, and it requires constant maintenance and fertilization to grow.
Growing Your Own Tree
If you’re looking to grow your kratom tree, you’ll need to find a good damp location with plenty of sunlight and wind. Here are some steps to grow your own:
- Purchase quality kratom seeds to ensure a healthy and growing plant. Also, know which strain you prefer to grow. Most enthusiasts go for Maeng Da Kratom. This strain is a potent analgesic, perfect for relieving chronic pain. For people who want a relaxing and mood enhancing strain, try growing Red Vein Thai Kratom. This strain is also good for pain relief.
- Take note that kratom plants grow their best when planted in a tropical environment. As such, you can recreate and mimic the ideal setting for a kratom tree. Make sure to place it in a nitrogen-rich soil with access to wind and sunlight.
- You can imitate the sensation that a gentle breeze gives by using a mid-sized electric fan to cool your growing plant.
- Lastly, you should be patient in waiting for your kratom tree to grow. Once the kratom seeds are beginning to sprout, it will take about a year for the kratom leaves to be ready for harvest.
Growing a kratom tree is not for everyone and it’s certainly not the only way to get kratom. The secret to acquiring top-notch kratom plant is to read about the different uses, benefits, and effects of kratom strains. Also, make sure to apply your gathered knowledge to ensure the kratom you will be purchasing is potent. Finally, we highly suggest you should only buy kratom from reputable online kratom websites.
To truly maximize the results of this medicinal plant, it’s best that you understand how kratom leaves are harvested. The potency, aroma, and quality of our kratom are all based on the care and maintenance our Southeast Asian farmers have invested in growing them. As such, a top-notch kratom tree will undoubtedly produce a good batch of kratom strains.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on November 14, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.