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Kratom is a tropical equatorial tree. While many people in the Western world are just finding out about kratom, this botanical has been part of South East Asia’s reality for centuries especially in Malaysian culture. The spirituality behind kratom is not new. We are talking about trees with rich historical culture. Kratom is an ancestral sacred plant with strong indigenous roots, and we are happy that we have all found each other.
Kratom is Plant-Based Self-Care!
Here are some tips on how to grow your own kratom trees.
When working with plants, growing a clone means growing a plant from a cutting. A cutting is a clone. A piece of a mother plant is cut and then placed in water until the piece of plant grows roots. At that point, it is ready to be planted. The parent plant is genetically identical to the cutting. This is known as asexual propagation, and it is currently the best way to begin growing your own kratom trees in America and around the world.
Getting natural Mitragyna speciosa seeds from South East Asia is extremely difficult but this does not mean that it cannot be done. The question is: Are you up for the task? We have personally found that growing cuttings/clones is a much enjoyable process at this time in our journey.
Neem oil is highly recommended for controlling larvae, blackspot, fungal diseases, powdery mildew, rust, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, and other insect pests on ornamental trees like kratom. Neem oil is an organic multipurpose pest control greatly known to protect ketum trees yearlong. For kratom trees to thrive they need to have a PH of about 5.8, though kratom researchers argue that a PH of 5.5 to 6.5 is still okay. Kratom trees prefer high humidity of about 70 to 90%. Since kratom is a tropical plant, they love swampy, rainy, and humid conditions. These trees like to be kept between 75°F to 85°F and they can grow up to 100 feet (30 meters) in their native habitat. Our plants have done great even at 100°F during the heat waves in Southern California.
Kratom does not like the cold. Kratom will not survive frost.
The soil needs to have high level of humus in order for these magical trees to prosper. Proper drainage of these trees is super important. The first years of the plant are super vital. It is during this time that the trees need the most help. If you are trying to grow your own kratom trees outside of South East Asia, acclimation to your area is a huge step. Although kratom trees are very adaptable, they are sensitive when humidity and temperature drops. Observe them and react accordingly.
Kratom trees have an awesome symbiotic relationship with Mycorrhizal Fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi love to get carbohydrates from the trees. This fungus helps with the transportation of nutrients directly to the roots of the trees. Nitrogen plays a role in the process of chlorophyll, which gives the beautiful and vivid green color to the giant ketum leaves.
Mitragyna speciosa is a Latin word that comes from the word “Mitre,” meaning ceremonial hat. Kratom leaves look like ceremonial hats or elephant’s ears. #MitragynineMolecule
Kratom naturally produces nitrogen-based alkaloids. Kelp is a great source of nitrogen. Adding raw kelp to the soil is wonderful for the growth of kratom trees. Fungi such as kelp helps kratom absorb nutrients directly from the soil. Cold weather slows the growth of the plant. Did you know that humidity plays a big factor in the production of alkaloids? For kratom to flourish, the soil needs to be acidic. Kratom thrives in equatorial, tropical places including Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is very crucial to try to replicate the climate of Southeast Asia as much as possible. The plant’s chemical makeup is heavily dependent on the natural resources and proper care that is given to the trees. They enjoy growing in Borneo, Indonesia due to the rich volcanic minerals, abundant water, and equatorial climate. The wind plays a huge role in the production of these natural herbal alkaloids.
Due to the current law, 95% of kratom is coming directly from Indonesia. However, the Indonesian government is trying to ban kratom within the next 4 to 5 years. Not only is vital for us to start growing our own kratom in America and other parts of the world, but we also need to protect the genetics of Mitragyna speciosa. Thailand, the native land of kratom is in the process of making kratom legal once again. This is definitely a progressive move on behalf of the Thai government and awesome news for the economy and for all kratom warriors.
Kratom trees produce OVER 25 natural alkaloids but the most present, the primary alkaloids in these trees are Mitragynine, an indole-based alkaloid and 7-Hydroxymitragyne. Both being partial agonists.
Have fun being a scientist. Have fun growing kratom trees for academic purposes.
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