Kratom Seeds/Kratom Plants: an introduction
Growing kratom plants is extremely difficult if you are thinking to grow outside a tropical climate. You will need to follow certain steps under a controlled environment for the plants to survive. Hence, you will need proper information before considering to take such a project.
For growing kratom, you will need a warm, and tropical climate that mimics the Southeast Asian environment, which is very hard. The only way to grow kratom plants is by using a large greenhouse with rich soil. In this article, you will know 5 things about kratom seeds/kratom plants, which will make it easy for you to grow the herbal plant.
What is the process for the germination of kratom seeds?
For finding out if you are willing to grow your own kratom plants, let’s begin with the process of kratom seeds sprouting, which would be to get some of them. By chance, if you have managed to get a hold on to some kratom seeds, you will find out that they are small in appearance, and often named as slivers.
They are made available in small seed pods, which might contain about 50 seeds. One of the biggest hurdles in growing kratom plants is the requirement of fresh kratom seeds, and the challenge is to get those collected soon, as the freshness remains only for a short time.
The freshness of the seeds is so important that if they are a few days old, they won’t be able to grow. Despite having fresh seeds, only a few of them will get through germination. Hence, you will have to buy them a lot, so that your chances of successfully growing the kratom plant would increase.
All you need to do is to have some pots and plant several kratom seeds in each of them. In this way, you can get at least one good plant. Special care has to be given to the soil, and therefore it must be humus-rich, very moist, and fertile. Some experts suggest making the soil that replicates a swamp.
While the idea can be mesmerizing, but keep an eye on the water level, because plenty of them would attract mold or another fungus, and they will cause serious damage to the seedlings. Hence, you need to drain the excess water that is left on the pot.
Your goal is to find the exact balance between giving the seeds lots of water for germination and growth and prohibit any sort of fungus growth. It is obvious that the balance won’t be achieved at the first shot, and after a few sessions, you will be able to maneuver it.
Growing from seed, or getting live plants – which one is better
You can try to get some sprouted kratom plants, rather than growing kratom plants from kratom seeds. Getting live plants right at your doorsteps requires some additional care, as there are chances your plant might get damaged during the transit. Also, they are a bit expensive.
On the brighter side, if somehow the sprouts reach your destination hale and hearty, chances of having a healthy kratom plant are much higher. For having the seeds fully germinated and sprouted might be difficult, but once the plant is erected, things will get smooth.
Deciding whether to go with the kratom seeds/kratom plants is a daunting task, as they have their pros and cons. Some of the considerations might include your willingness to pay less for the seeds and have none of them sprouted or to grow up a plant that has the potentiality to die during transportation.
When buying live plants, perhaps you might lookout for a vendor that sells with the warranty of having the plants replaced within a specific period after delivery.
How to maintain soil and moisture levels?
As aforementioned, for cultivating kratom plants, you need to have humus rich fertile soil and moisture. Some experts do suggest to have specialized soil mixtures, while you can try out some growing soil with the right ingredients found as ready package.
For successfully growing a kratom plant, the pH level of the soil is very important and needs to be checked from time to time. Anything between 5.5 and 6.5 pH range is considered to be ideal for growing kratom. Some other things can influence the pH levels in the soil, hence monitoring them is pretty crucial for the plant to remain healthy.
Although pH meters might be expensive, you can make use of pH paper instead of checking the soil. As the plant is grown in tropical climate conditions, it requires high humidity with lots of water. Some people suggest misting the plants with water at regular intervals, though natural humidity will yield better results.
Maintaining a humidity level of 90% is treated as ideal, but that can be hard to manage. In tropical areas humidity fluctuates, and so that’s not going to be a major concern. Things might go well with your plant if you somehow manage an average humidity level of 70%.
However, expensive humidifiers can help in keeping the right humidity level. Other less expensive techniques such as using pebble trays, or keeping the plants in a terrarium enclosure can be equally effective with lower maintenance.
What are the appropriate levels of heat and light required?
Temperature is an important factor that aids in the growth of plants. Being a tropical plant, kratom needs warmth to remain healthy, which is about 24 to 33 degrees Celsius, or 75 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit. The kratom plants can handle higher heat levels until above 90 degrees Fahrenheit the plant tends to grow slow. Hence, the temperature should be kept moderate.
Kratom plants are very much sensitive to cold temperatures and should be kept away from places that have temperatures in 50 degrees, or below. The leaves begin to fall off, and change color at this temperature. Even if this happens, you can bring back the plants to a warmer temperature, and it might help to grow more leaves provided the plant is healthy.
Just like with any other plant, kratom needs a significant amount of light for attaining healthy growth. There would be no problem if kratom receives enough light, and 24 hours of constant lighting could be beneficial. Generally, if the plant receives more light, the darker would be the leaves, and the stems would be redder.
LED and HPS are the recommended lighting types that are suitable for growing kratom plants. Fluorescence lights, on the other hand, can work fine too, and they are less expensive for buying and installing. It is recommended to use the fluorescent T5 tubes for a great indoor growing.
How is harvesting done from the trees?
Once the kratom leaves are grown fully, you can then harvest them. However, the time taken for the kratom leaves to grow can vary. For some people, it took around 3 weeks for having the sprouts develop after planting the kratom seeds.
About a half year later, the plants get well established enough for transplantation. When the trees are around one year old, that’s when they are ready for harvesting. But you can wait until the end of summer, or the beginning of winter when the kratom leaves have high potency, because of the alkaloid contents.
Growing your own kratom trees from the kratom seeds or by live kratom plants is a great accomplishment. You can always have access to fresh kratom leaves whenever you want.