The following article contains everything you need to know about growing Kratom, including the benefits of growing your own Kratom, all the different methods for obtaining a Kratom tree, the environmental conditions that Kratom requires to flourish, how to grow Kratom indoors and outdoors, and how to properly provide nutrients for your Kratom tree.
The Benefits Of Growing Kratom
Kratom users often dream of growing Kratom, and there are a few practical reasons why growing a Kratom tree is a good idea.
First off, it is practically impossible to obtain fresh, whole Kratom leaves, but if you grow your own Kratom you will have access to fresh leaves, and these leaves provide a unique and pleasurable experience when chewed.
Secondly, if Kratom ever skyrockets in price due to global supply issues, such as if Indonesia bans Kratom in 2022, then having your own Kratom tree will give you peace of mind that you will always have Kratom no matter how expensive Kratom becomes.
Thirdly, growing Kratom is a fascinating and exciting hobby, especially for people who love Kratom.
How To Obtain A Kratom Tree: Seeds, Cutting, Or A Mature Tree?
There are several options for obtaining a Kratom tree, including starting from seeds, buying a cutting, buying a rooted cutting, or buying a tree that is already 1-5 years old. This section will explain the benefits and caveats of each of these options.
Starting From Kratom Seeds
Kratom seeds are technically the cheapest way to start growing a Kratom tree, especially since Kratom seed pods contain hundreds of seeds.
There are multiple downsides to Kratom seeds however. First off, the seeds are incredibly fragile since they are almost microscopic in size, and the seeds quickly become inert after they are harvested.
In other words, unless the seeds are extremely fresh, then most of the seeds will not germinate. Specifically, seed pods are usually viable for less than a month after harvesting, with some seed pods being viable up to a year after harvesting in rare cases, and in those rare cases only a few seeds out of the hundreds of seeds in the pod will germinate.
Also, if you receive the seeds by mail they could easily be rendered inert during the mailing process. Further, even if you receive viable seeds, there are many things that can go wrong during germination
What makes things really difficult is that even in a best case scenario where you receive viable seeds and successfully germinate them, it will still take several years for the Kratom tree to produce any significant amount of Kratom.
Further, a lot of things can go wrong while the Kratom tree is still in its infant stage which will cause it to die, such as over watering, under watering, fungus, nutrient imbalances, and improper levels of light.
Basically, seeds are the most difficult way to obtain a Kratom tree despite being the cheapest, since most Kratom seeds are not viable, a lot of things can go wrong during germination, a lot of things can go wrong during the first 1-2 years of growing the tree, and it will take several years to produce enough Kratom for even one dose.
Therefore, it is not recommended that Kratom growing newbies start with seeds, especially if they want to be chewing on fresh leaves anytime soon.
Cuttings And Rooting Cuttings
The 2nd cheapest option for obtaining a Kratom tree is buying a non-rooted cutting, which is literally a branch that is cut off from a Kratom tree.
This method is not recommended, since first off the cutting can easily become non-viable during the mailing process. Secondly, it is quite difficult to successfully grow roots from the cutting, and there are many things that can go wrong during this stage that will quickly kill the cutting.
A step above a non-rooted cutting is a rooted cutting, but even this is a difficult method, since a rooted cutting is very fragile and might die due to shock from the mailing process or when you plant it. Beyond that, even if it doesn’t die from shock, many things can kill the young Kratom tree.
Further, just like starting from seeds, it will literally take multiple years before your tree starts producing significant amounts of leaves, even if everything goes right.
Therefore, both cuttings and rooted cuttings are not recommended for Kratom growing newbies.
Starting With A Mature Tree
The best method for obtaining a Kratom tree is to buy a tree that is already 1-5 years old. This method is much easier than all the other methods, since Kratom trees get hardier with age, and therefore if something goes wrong like overwatering, under watering, nutrient imbalances, improper light, or even improper temperature/humidity, the tree will probably survive, giving you time to correct your mistakes.
The only caveat with buying a mature Kratom tree is that they are not that easy to find, and if you do find one, you should try to get it to your house without having to put it through the mail. That being said, I have heard of multiple success stories of people buying Kratom trees in the mail, although the tree usually goes into shock for a period of time after being mailed.
Kratom Needs Tropical Conditions And Lots Of Light To Flourish
Kratom is a highly tropical plant, and it requires highly tropical conditions. Kratom thrives when temperatures are between 70-90 F, with humidity levels of 70-100%. If the temperature drops to between 70 F and 60 F the Kratom tree will stop growing, and if temperatures drop to between 60F and 40 F the tree will really start to suffer. If temperatures drop down low enough to cause a frost or freeze, then the Kratom tree will die.
The next section will explain how to maintain proper conditions for your Kratom tree, whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
Growing Kratom Outdoors
For practically everyone, growing Kratom outdoors is not recommended. Even in Florida, the warmest part of the United States, temperatures get cold enough to kill Kratom trees in the middle of the winter. That being said, it seems some people have had success growing Kratom outdoors in Florida, but ultimately it is Russian roulette, and it is only a matter of time before a strong enough cold front or a hurricane comes and kills their Kratom trees.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t grow Kratom outside unless you live in a truly tropical climate where temperatures never drop below 40 F, such as the Caribbean or Amazon Rain Forest.
Growing Kratom Indoors
Growing Kratom indoors is definitely the way to go if you live in the United States, and this section describes the supplies you will need.
First off, you will need a greenhouse, since room temperature air is too cool and dry for Kratom trees to thrive. Secondly, you will need a steamer/humidifier which shoots out hot steam, and this will maintain constant tropical conditions in your greenhouse.Thirdly, you will need a powerful grow light to simulate sunlight.
Some tips here are to keep the grow light at a great distance above the tree, so you don’t sunburn the leaves. Also, you don’t need to run the humidifier all the time, once every few days is sufficient if your greenhouse is tightly sealed. Keep a humidity and temperature gauge in the greenhouse to monitor conditions, and only turn the steamer on when humidity drops below 70-80%.
As for watering, Kratom trees only need water once every 2-3 days, and could even go 4-7 days without water. One thing you certainly don’t want to do is overwater the tree, so you should only water as needed.
Providing Proper Nutrients For The Kratom Tree
Perhaps the trickiest part of growing a Kratom tree is to provide proper nutrients. Miracle Gro and other synthetic fertilizers should be avoided, since they easily cause the leaves to start burning. The best thing to use is fish and seaweed fertilizer, and even with this type of fertilizer you need to be careful and only use a tiny amount once every few weeks at most, or burning can happen.
Additionally, coffee grounds are an excellent fertilizer, since coffee grows in rich volcanic soil just like the Kratom in Indonesia, and coffee grounds provide the nutrients that Kratom trees need.
Another good thing to use is hay, since it slowly breaks down and provides nutrients as well as providing soil.
Research Is Important Every Step Of The Way!
Although this guide provides numerous tips on growing Kratom, it is important to do research during every stage of Kratom growing in order to make sure you are doing things correctly.
On a final note, although after reading this guide it might sound like a lot of things can go wrong when growing Kratom, if you are dedicated to doing it and take the proper steps you will likely succeed, and you will be chewing on fresh Kratom leaves soon enough. Indeed, numerous people have managed to successfully grow Kratom, and you can do it too.