Buying and growing your Kratom plants, regardless of whether it is a kratom white vein or red vein, seems to be a popular option these days. There are many advantages to growing your own herbals and food. For one, you can keep an eye on the quality of your plants, guarantees the purity of the final product, and saves you money otherwise spent on regular purchases.
Many amateur farmers will tell you that growing your own plants is a fun process and a worthwhile endeavor, regardless of the final outcome. However, as fao.org states on their website, there are several considerations to mule over before any amateur gardener decides to tackle the nearly impossible feat of growing a Kratom plant.
It seems obvious that Mitragyna Speciosa, that is Kratom trees, can be grown from seeds – sow the seeds in fertile soil, water it once in a while and wait for it to grow, right? Unless you are living in Southeast Asia and have a lot of time to spare and have access to very fresh Kratom seeds, this task isn’t as easy as it sounds. For one, most Kratom seeds begin lose their viability within days of falling from the mother plant.
Commercially shipped seeds are usually dead before they reach the customers. Many growers overcome this by planting thousands of seeds on large tracts of land, hoping at least a few will make it through. The Kratom tree also requires very specific nitrogen rich, well-watered soil to thrive and must get set amounts of indirect sunlight and shade throughout the day.
If you do manage to sprout a seedling, be prepared spend at least the next few years fertilizing, watering, and protecting it from the elements. If you are steadfast in your care, you may be able to harvest the leaves within the next few years. Of course, it may take over a decade for truly mature leaves to form. Keeping all this in mind, the better option seems to be to buy a live sapling online from reputed vendors as most local nurseries will not carry them. Once they arrive, the saplings should be allowed to distress from the travel in a dark room for about a day before being planted in prepared soil. It is important to remember that the soil must never go fully dry and abundant watering is encouraged.
Creating a humid atmosphere will help the plant settle in better and this can be achieved by encasing it in a plastic soda bottle or draping plastic sheets around it to create a temporary greenhouse. If natural sunlight is not adequately available, try adding fluorescent grow lights or lights use for reptile tanks connected to a timer to give 4 hours of direct light daily and using a fan can simulate natural wind and air movement to keep the plants strong.
Since these plants are heavy feeders, they must be fertilized regularly. Patience is key when growing Kratom. It takes 6 months to a little over a year for the roots to develop and the plant to begin developing mature leaves. The leaves can be picked once there are more than a couple of mature leaves on the tree.