As more and more people decide that Kratom is right for them, interest in growing Kratom at home is skyrocketing. Whether growing Kratom indoors or out in a garden, it’s a possibility most Kratom advocates will look into at some time or another. Let’s look at both whether you can and whether you should grow your own Kratom.
The Roots Of Kratom
The Mitragyna speciosa is an evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Considered by locals to be an indigenous medicinal herb, a myriad of health benefits are ascribed to its usage, though the FDA still recognizes no medical benefit and allows Kratom to be used for research purposes only. Through their own independent research, however, many people are choosing to make Kratom part of their daily lives, and that can include growing Kratom too.
In its natural habitat, Kratom grows in the fertile soil of tropical jungles and rainforests. Dense nutritious soil supports healthy growth, and the warm dry air means a drink is never long off. There, Kratom plants can grow up to 20-feet tall in the first two years of their lives. These are the conditions the plant is adapted to, so you’ll need to keep them in mind when deciding whether growing Kratom is right for you.
In order to grow well, Kratom needs a few conditions met.
- Light – Kratom plants need a lot of light. They love the sun, and if they don’t get it, you can see your plants wither and die. Outdoors, you’ll want to plant your Kratom where it can get direct sunlight. If you’re growing Kratom indoors, you’ll need some pretty hefty grow lamps to keep them well lit.
- Water – So much water. Kratom plants are near impossible to overwater, and you don’t have to plan for drainage in their case. Make sure they’re getting plenty of water to the roots, but also remember to spray them regularly if they aren’t in a humidity-controlled room.
- Soil – Rainforest soil is incredibly dense with nutrients. Kratom needs soil that is extremely rich in nitrogen. The soil should be fairly acidic, with a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5. You’ll need to monitor this level carefully, and the growing Kratom plant’s biochemistry can affect the soil’s pH level as it grows.
- Temperature – Since it’s a tropical evergreen, Kratom does poorly when the temperature dips below 60℉, and sustained temperatures below 50℉ can kill it. For most of the US, this temperature will be hard to guarantee when growing Kratom outside. A greenhouse, however, is sufficient to maintain the temperature in some areas, and growing Kratom indoors handily lets you ensure the temperature at which it grows, though if you’re relying on a central air system, the whole house will be a slave to your plant’s comfort levels.
- Space – Plants need room to grow, and the bigger you want to grow them, the more space they’ll need. Outside, a standard sized garden will allow enough space for several growing Kratom plants. Indoors, you will need to use containers that offer sufficient space to support each plant. While smaller planters may work for seedlings, they will soon outgrow them, so starting with a larger pot is better. It’s far easier to get a large pot of soil appropriately conditioned than a series of successively larger pots until you find the right one.
- Regulation – Ok. The Kratom plant doesn’t actually care about regulation, but you should. As locations look at the possibility of scheduling Kratom as a controlled substance, banning Kratom outright, or putting severe restrictions on its cultivation and usage, it can impact your rights and responsibilities when growing Kratom. Even if you’re in an unregulated area, you’ll want to ensure it can’t easily fall into the hands of youth or pets. With the current FDA fear campaign against Kratom in full swing, the last thing you want is to be associated with an accident.
To add to these very particular conditions, Kratom has earned a reputation as a notoriously difficult plant to get started. Seeds require the same exacting conditions while germinating and cuttings will refuse to root or outright wither if conditions are not met. For this reason, many new growers choose to purchase small, yet already rooted plants. Unless you’re an experienced Kratom green thumb, that is probably your best bet where available.
The short answer about whether growing Kratom at home is: yes, Kratom can be grown. In most areas of the US, however, it’s not going to do very well without a lot of help and resources being devoted to it. From near constant watering to the consistent application of fertilizer, you can expect it to become a labor of love that is heavy on the labor part.
Growing Kratom indoors will save your plants from a freeze, but it won’t save you a lot of work. Without access to natural rain and fertilizers, your plants will be entirely dependent on you for care. Meanwhile, they’ll also be taking up your spare room, family room, or wherever else you’ve turned into your climate-controlled green room.
That being said, once grown, Kratom trees are a consistent source of fresh Kratom leaves. Once harvested and dried, they can be processed into powder. It’s relatively cheap as long as your costs to keep the trees healthy remain low enough, and there’s a certain satisfaction to being more self-reliant.
But Should You?
If there is no way available to get high-quality Kratom, growing Kratom at home is a viable alternative. If that’s not the case, Kratom Spot works with the most trusted growers in the business to bring you the raw powder, extracts, and capsules you need in the most popular strains. Just get on the internet, and you’re a few clicks away from premium Kratom being delivered straight to your door. If you have any questions about our products, call our customer service team at 888-510-2038. Order your Kratom from Kratom Spot today.