Is buying kratom plants a viable option for growing your own supply of the popular herbal medicinal? There are many advantages to growing the foods you eat and the medicines you take. You can fine tune the quality of these products, guarantee their purity, and potentially save money on regular purchases from retailers. Most amateur growers will also tell you that the process is interesting and fun – a worthwhile hobby no matter the outcome. However, there are some important considerations for any at-home grower of Kratom plants for sale. Here are some basic facts to get you started.
Why Growing from Kratom Seeds Is Near Impossible
Why not just grow new kratom trees from seeds? To some, this might sound like the simplest option – just sprinkle some seeds in the garden and add water, right? Unfortunately, unless you live in Southeast Asia and have a lot of time on your hands, growing kratom from seeds is extremely difficult.
Most kratom seeds lose their viability or “life force” within days of leaving the parent tree. So, most seeds that are shipped commercially are basically dead by the time they arrive. Some growers have had success by planting a vast number of seeds for every potential plant – perhaps many thousands to one. In order to do this, you’ll need a very large parcel of land, with some very specific conditions. The soil must be nitrogen-rich. There must be abundant sunlight, but not all of it can be direct, as kratom trees, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, thrive in warm shade. If you do achieve a seedling, be prepared to fertilize, water, and protect it for at least a year before leaves will be ready for harvest. A truly abundant tree may take many years or even a decade before it is truly mature.
For all of these reasons, seeds are just not practical. So, many would-be growers consider buying live kratom plants for sale. By skipping the most difficult early phase of a tree’s life, you could get a head start and have a good shot at being able to successfully harvest leaves.
Is Purchasing Kratom Plants Online Safe?
So, how does one go about acquiring a live tree? Most local nurseries will not stock the plant, in fact most will probably have never heard of it. The best option is to buy a plant online and have it shipped straight from the source.
A very small handful of online vendors offer this service. This live kratom plant from Arena Ethnobotanicals can indeed be sent through the mail safely. Grown from cuttings, the Malaysian plants can be legally shipped anywhere within the U.S., though general postal/FDA restrictions upon shipping live plants through the mail means they can not be sent overseas.
How much do kratom plants cost? Considering how rare they are, live Mitragyna Speciosa trees are actually quite inexpensive. For less than the typical price of 2 ounces of dried powder, you can be shipped a healthy, living kratom plant. Plant prices are typically determined by plant size in inches. While a 2-inch plant can be found for less than $30, an enormous 9-inch plant sells for $55. Of course, you can always find a deal if you are interested in buying more than one plant at once.
Purchasing plants online is actually quite easy, with one exception – they are so popular that they are often sold out! It takes time and care to grow and nurture these plants before they are available for sale, so sometimes demand outweighs supply. The best bet is to check back at the above links throughout the year to keep an eye on availability.
How To Grow Kratom Plants
Here are some basic instructions for what to do once your plant arrives in the mail. Be sure to follow all included instruction carefully.
- Unpackage carefully.
- Let the plant “relax” after its journey in a darkened room for a day.
- Plant in soil.
- Water generously and make sure soil never gets fully dry.
- Create a small, humid environment, such as a plastic mini-greenhouse formed from a soda bottle.
- Maintain moist and warm conditions.
- If adequate natural sunlight is not available, add fluorescent grow lights. These plants enjoy around 4 hours of direct light per day, with shaded sun for the remainder.
- Add nutrients regularly.
- Stimulate leaves with wind or fan.
- Now, be patient. When your tree has taken root and begun to mature (over 6-12 months), you will be able to pluck leaves safely and then dry them to be consumed.
Looking for kratom plants for sale will be a rewarding project for any amateur grower. With time and care, your plants will mature into an excellent source of leaves, and the many products that can be made from them. While you are waiting for them to grow, you can of course continue to enjoy traditional kratom products ordered online. Then in the future, you can supplement vendors’ products with all-natural medicinals you’ve grown on your own.