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Growing Kratom

There’s a lot that goes into growing a kratom plant. There’s much to consider, from deciding between seeds or a clone to choosing which strain you want to grow, and more. Kratom seeds can be expensive, and knowing the difference between the seed pod and the seeds is important.

We will discuss some growing tactics, growing resources, climates and how they affect growth, and other important information that will help you grow strong, healthy plants.

Kratom Seed Pods vs. Kratom Seeds

Kratom seed pods are the round balls shown in the top picture. They begin as yellow flowers that then lose their petals to become seed pods filled with hundreds of tiny seeds. Kratom seeds are shown in the picture at the bottom. They are the tiny little slivers surrounding the seed pods in the center.

Whether you will be starting with seeds or seed pods is an important distinction. Kratom seed pods tend to cost $500 per pod or more, and you have no guarantee that the seed inside will actually grow into a kratom tree. The germination process is rather arduous and time-consuming. For this reason, most people looking to grow turn to buying cloned trees that have already been rooted. 

Let’s Talk Climate

If you live in a warm and humid area, you are in the best position to keep your kratom growing well outside. Just keep the soil fresh, the plant well watered and the pH close to 5.8 and you’ll do fine. In my experience, allowing the rain to water the trees controls the pH well. For areas that regularly experience temperatures below freezing in the winter, remember to bring them inside. I recommend bringing them inside any time the temperature will be below 50° F. One easy method for caring for the plants indoors is to set them by a window and water them regularly with 5.8 ph water. The plants will grow slowly, but it’s best to manage size carefully for any plants that will need to remain potted.

If you don’t live in a humid and warm area, you are going to have to work harder to keep your plant thriving. You’ll need a clear growing bin or humidity tent, some specific growing lights, proper water management and potting, and a space where your plants can thrive.  

Watering these plants is different from the plants you’re used to. They don’t need to be watered from the top, but rather from the bottom. They won’t get root rot like most plants because they are used to growing in rivers and rainforests. You’ll need a ph checker and some stuff to adjust the ph of your water. In addition to your special lighting, you can use sunlight by a window once they are more established. One great resource is a Facebook group called Microponic Gardens. You can not only find wonderful resources about all the technical details you need to know, but you can find where to purchase your clones, and support throughout the entire growing adventure.

Kratom Clones

Clones are one of the easiest ways to grow kratom. You just cut a branch past a knuckle on the limb, and place it in water and soil to get the roots started. This cutting process is very common in all types of gardening and agriculture and has been used for many centuries because it’s a relatively easy way to start new plants. It’s even easier to buy one that’s already rooted. This is the only way to ensure you get a live plant to grow. You can find clones in many strains from different regions. I highly recommend the bumblebee strains for the first plants. In my opinion, clones are the best route. Once you have a thriving plant, you can just make more clones. It’s a fun cycle.

In Closing

Growing kratom plants can be a lot of fun and a great hobby. Not only is it fun, but they are beautiful plants to have around your home or yard. The best resource I’ve found for growing is the Facebook group Microponic Gardens. You can find all you need to know there because there is way too much to put into just one newsletter. I hope I’ve encouraged you to try out this fun and rewarding hobby. Be sure to send us pictures of your new plants!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.**