Kratom seeds are very small and are described as silvers. They come as seed podheads which contain about 50 seed pods per head. Growing of Kratom is tough because its seeds compulsorily have to be fresh. The seeds are viable for a short period after collection because once they are over a few days old, they will most likely not grow. Even with fresh seeds, not all of them germinate. So, to increase the chances of growing Kratom successfully, you need to have lots of Kratom seeds. The seeds have a maximum of 20% viability. So, planting multiple seeds – as much as ten seeds for each pot in several pots increases the chances of getting one healthy plant.
Facts about sowing your Kratom seeds
- Open the Kratom pods and release the light and tiny brown seeds on a paper sheet.
- Sprinkle the Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom) seeds over a finely prepared sifted peat tray.
- The Kratom seeds should be covered with only a thin layer of soil.
- Water the Kratom crop gently with a handheld sprayer.
- The crop should be placed in a greenhouse at 35˚C at the very least. This is because the seeds only remain alive but do not germinate at a temperature lesser than 30˚C.
- The culture must always be kept wet. The seedlings will die if the substrate is not properly dried.
- The Kratom seeds require enough wind and sunlight for growth. Wind is necessary because warm breeze facilitates alkaloids production in the leaves. So, your set up can include a fan.
- Patience is needed because the plant takes a long time to grow.
- The Kratom seeds can be grown commercially by placing the seeds next to each other (side-by-side) in a plant bed.
- Kratom likes water so the seeds can be germinated hydroponically.
Kratoms seeds as against popular beliefs can be sown years after harvest.
Ideal soil for Kratom seeds
The ideal soil for Kratom seeds is one that is humus rich, fertile and extremely moist. Some experts even claim that the soil has to be swampy. However, too much water can result in mold and other kinds of fungus growth which can kill the sprouting Kratom seedlings, so some drainage is required. The ideal soil should balance between having enough water for the growth and germination of the Kratom seeds but not so much as to enable the growth of fungus.
To get this ideal soil, some say that specialized mixtures of soil are needed while some have been successful with the usual Miracle Gro soil. Another important soil factor that determines if the Kratom seeds will sprout is the basicity or acidity (pH) of the soil. Between 5.5 – 6.5 is the perfect pH range for Kratom growth. Several factors can affect the soil pH so proper monitoring is necessary. As standard pH meters are expensive, pH paper is a cost-effective method of testing the soil.
Moreover, Kratom grows in tropical regions, so once the seeds start sprouting, high humidity is important. You can keep misting the plant regularly, but indirect humidity via the air gives better results. The ideal humidity level is 90%, but as this is hard to maintain, an average 70% is not bad.
Buying Kratom seeds
When buying Kratom seeds, the most relevant factor is that the seeds arrive fresh. So, the vendor you are getting it from have to make it clear if the seeds are fresh and viable. The vendor must also guarantee very fast shipping. However, the dangerous factor about purchasing Kratom seeds is that most sellers do not give a money back agreement with the seeds.
Moreover, you have to take note that some suppliers sell fake seeds – Mitragyna Parvifolia seed instead of Mitragyna Speciosa. So, be careful when choosing a Kratom seeds vendor.
Lighting and heat requirements
For growing your Kratom seeds, a perfect temperature between 75-90 Fahrenheit or 24-32 degrees Celsius. If the level of heat goes above 32˚ Celsius or 90˚ F, the Kratom seeds will not grow well. More also, if the temperature level is below 10˚ Celsius or 50˚ Fahrenheit, the Kratom leaves will start to fall off as the Kratom seeds are highly sensitive to cold. When leaf loss happens, they can regrow if an ideal temperature is implemented.
Furthermore, the plants need ample light for the stems and leaves to become redder and darker. So, after purchasing your Kratom seeds, you need to buy High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) Lights and LED. Though you can utilize fluorescent lights, T5 fluorescent tubes are the best if you intend growing the Kratom plant indoors.
Harvesting from the grown Kratom trees
Once the seeds have germinated, and the Kratom trees are fully grown, you can then harvest the leaves. But it is three weeks after the Kratom seeds are planted, that the seeds can start to sprout. After six months, the plants can then be transplanted. Then, when the Kratom tree is a year old, it can be harvested. However, the best time for harvesting Kratoms is when it has the highest alkaloids which is usually between the end of summer and the start of winter. So, towards the end of autumn is the best time to harvest the leaves before they start falling off.
Buying live plants or growing from Kratom seeds: make a choice
Instead of buying Kratom seeds to grow, you can actually purchase sprouted live plants from retailers. You need to weigh each before making a decision. If you decide on the sprouted live plants, you should know that shipping it can destroy the Kratom plant. Money Wasted! More also, purchasing sprouted live plants is more expensive than buying the seeds. But, considering all the factors involved in buying seeds, there are more chances of success buying a live plant.
After weighing this, the choice is up to you. Are you willing to spend less on Kratom seeds knowing there is a high chance it won’t germinate or spend exorbitantly on a sprouted live plant with potentials of dying in transport?