Some people may want to try growing their own kratom. Kratom is the name given to the tree Mitragyna Speciosa, which is a shrub indigenous to Southeast Asia. Due to the requirements of this plant, it can be extremely difficult to grow and cultivate your own kratom plant. Despite these difficulties, people are bound to try to grow their own plants. If you have decided to try growing a kratom plant, then look over these tips for growing and cultivating.
Basics of the Kratom Plant
The first thing you should understand is the basic botany of the plant. Kratom is the named given to the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. This plant is native to Southeast Asia, mostly in Thailand and parts of Indonesia. It is typically found in tropical or sub-tropical regions.
The kratom plant can reach heights of 50 feet, with branches and roots spreading over 15 feet. The leaves vary in color, from white to green to red. The leaves shed and are then replaced. The size of the plant makes it difficult for homeowners to consider growing on their own.
Kratom trees can be grown from seeds, but the seeds must be fresh. It is an incredibly difficult plant to grow outside of its native region. The germination rates with fresh seeds are as low as 20 to 30 percent. Once germinated, the seeds can soon reach heights of 15 feet or higher.
Growing Kratom Trees
Kratom trees are used to the wet, rich soil of its native region. It requires fertile soil and an adequate supply of water. It is also sensitive to frost. There is not much information about growing kratom tress, partly due to the difficulty of growing these plants on your own.
It appears that the hardest part is getting the seeds to germinate or for cuttings to grow; though, once you get the tree to grow, they are hardy plants that should thrive in appropriate conditions. When working from cuttings, the main problems faced include the cutting never taking root and the potential for fungus to attack the cuttings. Here are a few tips that may help you deal with these two common problems:
Place the cuttings in water. Add an air bubbler to add oxygen. You should also consider adding a small amount of fungicide to the water, which may help prevent the growth of fungus. Change the water every day and continue using the air bubbler.
In the United States, people that have successfully grown kratom plants have commented that the leaves are most potent during autumn, just before the leaves start to fall. You may have extra difficulty if you try to grow a kratom plant in a cold region.
If you use these tips, you may be able to increase your chances of success. You also need to realize that it can take years for your plant to reach maturity. Weigh out the pros and cons of growing your own kratom plant. You will need to spend time caring for your plant. It will require regular watering and it will be several years before you can reap the rewards. If you feel like going through this difficult process, then remember the tips above for growing and cultivating your own kratom plant.
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