If you are enthusiastic about natural medicinal herbs, you probably know about Mitragyna Speciosa already. Commonly referred to as the Kratom plants, these tree species are particularly common in Canada and the United States. They belong to the coffee family and are reported to offer pain relief, mood enhancement, and stimulating properties. Although they thrive in tropical climates, Kratom plants can also do well anywhere on the planet with the right care.
Let’s discuss in detail about the growth of Mitragyna Speciosa in US greenhouses. Is it possible? What must you do to ensure your Kratom plants thrive? Before that though, how about some basics?
Mitragyna Speciosa Plant Information
Kratom plants find their origin to Southeast Asia where it has been utilized for medicinal reasons for centuries. Their appearance is somewhat like that of coffee plants with the same stimulating properties. They can rise to mature heights of about 10m if exposed to the right atmospheric conditions. These would typically consist of humid and hot environments, even drench-like latitudes. The powder from the leaves is what is claimed to be beneficial to the human body.
Benefits of growing Kratom
Wondering why people are increasingly becoming Kratom crazy? Here are some potential benefits of the Mitragyna Speciosa plant.
Kratom May Boost Your Energy: Since Mitragyna Speciosa belongs to the coffee family, it is claimed to offer the same energy-boosting properties.
Mood Enhancement: If you have a bad mood, a Kratom plant may help lift your mood.
It May Help With Sleep Issues: Kratom may also help you sleep better and maintain healthy sleep patterns.
It Can Manage Stress And Anxiety: This awesome miracle of nature is known to enhance the production of endorphins and serotonin that may be helpful in managing stress and anxiety.
How to grow Kratom in a US greenhouse
As mentioned, Kratom is better grown in tropical and warm climates. The United States’ climate is the exact opposite. This is where containers and greenhouses come in. You will need to grow your plants in a high-humidity environment with wet soil.
Seeds and Clones
According to Kratom Crazy, Kratom plants are harder to grow from the seed or cuttings. Even with the best propagation strategies, very few cuttings and seeds actually grow into maturity. To better your chances of a bountiful harvest, you might be forced to grow many seeds and secure a huge number of cuttings. The best approach to get many healthy Kratom cuttings is to keep your clones in moistened containers surrounded by a growing medium and away from direct sunlight—preferably under a plastic bag. When it comes to seeds, be sure to use fresh seeds only for better germination success.
We’ve already established that Mitragyna Speciosa demands humid soil. It should also be humus-rich and fertile for nutrient purposes. Go slow on pesticide and fungicides before the seedling stage. It does more harm than good. Otherwise, once the Kratom plants are past this stage, pick the right fertilizers to maintain the nutrition of your soil.
Before you get your hands dirty in your backyard, remember that Kratom plants are heavy feeders. Don’t let the small and frail appearance of a Kratom clone or seedling lie to you. These trees will absorb more meals and water before they peak above your roof than you ever imagined. Have sufficient feeds beforehand to avoid problems in the future.
Keeping Pests Away
Part of keeping your Kratom plants healthy involves keeping bugs as far away as possible. Stick to natural pesticides here as synthetic ones may hurt your trees in the long run. Stick to the instructions of the pesticide of your choosing but if these are not clear, apply 2-3 times a week for a few weeks.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to the question of Kratom harvesting. As a rule of thumb, harvest when the plants are fully developed. Often, this would be in autumn when the leaves are potent. When you notice they are falling off the trees naturally, you should harvest as soon as possible. Note that you might not have much yield within the first year of planting, so exercise a high level of patience.
Growing Kratom plants in a US greenhouse is easier said than done. You need more than a good attitude and sufficient tools to get the job done. That said, it is a possible undertaking and one that can be profitable if done right.