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Kratom Seeds – Growing Your Own Kratom Tree

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Kratom is a plant taking the world by storm. If you are an avid user, surely the thought has crossed your mind about cultivating your own kratom plant? Watch any gardening show or read a gardening book and they will tell you that all you need is to create a microclimate that suits your plant. Be it for indulging your curiosity or just to take a glimpse into this fascinating plant, you will be able to learn more about its origins, uses, and characteristics.

Kratom Plant Information

Kratom plants or Mitragyna speciosa are trees that grow as tall as 100 feet. Native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia, it loves the hot and humid climate. It grows under the canopy of the forest. In the right condition of hot and humid, kratom is a fast-growing plant reaching up to 20 feet in two years.

In colder weather, it has to be protected from the cold. This means it will most likely be grown in a container which will prevent it from reaching its full size. The kratom plant can be treated like a houseplant where it is placed outdoors during the warmer months and brought indoors during the winter.

Leaves should not be harvested until the tree is at least two years old. Unless you can accommodate at least 20 feet of kratom plant growth, there is little point in growing the plant unless for experimental or ornamental purposes.

Kratom Seeds – Harvesting and Germination Rates

Kratom seeds can be easy to miss. These seeds are stored in a seed pod. Each seed pod contains an average of 50 seeds. These seeds fall and are carried to nearby areas by wind or animals to germinate.

To collect kratom seeds, they have to be carefully extracted from the pod before germination. If you are familiar with the appearance of the covid-19 virus where it is spiny with a symmetrical multifaceted shape, you will recognize the kratom seed pod. Inside the pod, there are fibers and seeds. To locate the seed, look for a central core that has two outward growing wing-like structures.

To get the best germination rates, it is vital to use the freshest seeds possible. Although there are vendors that sell kratom seeds, the viability of these seeds reduces with time. They lose their ability to germinate just days after being harvested. Your best bet is to acquire fresh seeds while on a trip to southeast Asia and harvesting them right before getting on your plane. Even then, the germination rate is poor. It is therefore best to plant several seeds at a time and to pull out the extras if you have more than you want.

Sourcing for Kratom Seeds

Travel is almost impossible with the covid-19 pandemic. If you are unable to acquire kratom seeds through your travels, all is not lost. You can still find some kratom seeds online. As it can be difficult to find sellers that offer kratom seeds, you may be tempted by the first listing you find. With such low viability rates, you will need to purchase a lot of seeds to get a single seedling.

Here are some tips on buying your kratom seeds online:

Germination Rate

As we have already established, the viability of kratom seeds fall dramatically with time after harvest. Not every seed will sprout into a seedling. The percentage of seeds that sprout is called the viability rate or germination rate. For example, if you plant 100 seeds and 20 sprouts, the viability rate is 20%. For kratom seeds, look for a viability rate of at least 10 to 20%.


The longer you wait, the lower the viability rate of the seeds. As soon as the seeds are harvested, the germination rate decreases dramatically. Remember to ask the vendor how long ago the seeds were separated to get an idea of how fresh the seeds are. Do not waste your money on seeds that are older than two weeks. Kratom seeds are only viable for a few days after harvest.


Ask your vendor if the seeds were obtained from a kratom plant grown organically. Do not waste your money and time on seeds from parent plants that are grown using heavy metals and pesticides as it can lead to negative effects for the user.

Germinating and Growing Kratom Seeds

Kratom seeds are temperamental and can struggle to thrive in many areas. However, providing an area that mimics the hot and humid tropical climate of Southeast Asia will ensure the highest chance of success. To make sure your kratom seeds thrive, here are some of the conditions you need to recreate for it:

  • Moist fertile soil with high humus and nitrogen levels
  • Good drainage
  • pH range of 5.5 to 6.5
  • Temperature controlled environment with high humidity levels
  • Natural sunlight or artificial light that mimics sunlight
  • A large space for maximal growth indoors if outdoor conditions do not permit
  • Warm breeze (you can use a fan to generate a gentle breeze)

Kratom seeds can take several weeks to sprout, so patience is key. Do not be discouraged if you are not able to germinate any seeds. Even with the freshest kratom seeds you can get, only about 20% of fresh kratom seeds germinate. With commercial kratom seeds, the success rates are only about 5%. Therefore, if you are interested in growing your own kratom plant, cultivating them from seeds may not be the best option.

Advantages of Growing Kratom from Seed

Some enthusiasts prefer growing their own kratom as it offers a bond with the plant. It ensures that the final product consumed is not contaminated. If you are fortunate enough to be able to grow it outdoors, growing this plant not only contributes to the environment but also saves you some money.

Once your kratom tree is mature enough to harvest, process the kratom leaves by running them under water to clean them. Dry in a low humidity environment or in a sunny location. It can then be ground into powder and ready to use just like any other commercial kratom powder.

Kratom Cuttings – A Viable Alternative to Kratom Seeds

If kratom seeds have a low success rate, there are other methods to help you get your own kratom plant. Kratom cloning may sound like advance science, but it can easily get you your own kratom plant. Kratom clones are made from cuttings of established kratom trees. Since they do not need to germinate, there is a higher success of getting your own kratom plant.

Although tricky, there are several online vendors that sell kratom clones. It is best to buy established plants from vendors as kratom cuttings are susceptible to fungus or may fail to root. If you are establishing your own cutting:

  • Place each one in a pot filled with growing medium and cover with a clear bag. This increases the humidity around it acting like a mini green house.
  • Keep it out of sunlight until the roots begin to grow.
  • Occasionally lift the bag to lower the humidity. Eventually you can remove the bag and move it to a sunnier place.

Once your plant is established, there is not much you need to do for its care. Maintain its growing conditions to mimic the hot and humid southeast Asian climate. Make sure to feed your plant as they need rich and fertile soil with high levels of nitrogen.

Getting your kratom plant to reach maturity indoors can be difficult. If you live in an area with cold weather, grow your plant in a large pot. Keep in mind that they can grow to 20 feet within two years so make sure to provide adequate space.

Is Growing Kratom Legal?

Growing kratom is legal in areas where kratom is legal. The legality of owning your own kratom plant varies according to jurisdiction. Even in some areas where the use of kratom is legal, growing kratom may have special restrictions. Since it is a complex issue, you will have to do some research into your state and county’s specific regulations.

Conclusion: Is Growing Kratom Worth It?

Yes, if you are able to put the time and effort into growing your own kratom, it can be a fulfilling experience. However, this is a hobby that can take much patience and startup costs. Depending on where you live, there may also be legal implications. Nevertheless, if successful, you will be able to save on buying kratom products as you own your own renewable source of kratom leaves. You know how your own kratom is cultivated without chemicals or heavy metals. Growing your own kratom is also environmentally friendly and can have many benefits for your land.

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