Though the effects of chewing or drinking
kratom have been described as "mystical," there's nothing particularly mystical
about growing a Mitragyna speciosa, colloquially known as a kratom plant. The
plant, or more specifically, the tree, is thought to have originated in
Southeast Asia, and can now be found growing wild across Thailand and its
neighbors. Kratom plants are easy to grow, and once started, will provide a
lifetime of satisfaction. Something important to remember, as described
below, is that Kratom Plants can get very large as explained below.
In terms of classification, the kratom plant
straddles the line between shrub and tree. Though some specimens can reach a
height of 50 or so feet, most top out around 15-20 feet when fully mature (for
the sake of comparison, the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite and other Western U.S.
national parks, can reach heights of up to 300 or more feet!). The dark green
leaves on ones can grow over 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. The flowers grow
in clusters and are normally yellow in color, appearing as bunches shaped not
too unlike the common American "gumball."
For most people, though, the real draw of a kratom plant is not what it looks
like, or how tall it grows, but the extract and leaves that reportedly have the
effect of easing the mind and energizing the body. For those interested,
consumers have two options: either purchase the harvested leaves, powder, or
extract from any reputable online vender, or try to purchase viable kratom plant
seeds to grow your own.
Though ordering the leaves or extract will
obviously offer a more immediate and effortless experience (not to mention
cleaner), there is no denying the satisfaction of rearing your own kratom plant
from seed to mature plant. Be sure to follow our instructions for potting and
watering, and ensure that this fascinating tree receives ample sunlight.
Whichever method you choose, know that this ancient and wondrous tree will not
die on you. Once sprouted, these are some of the most hearty plants we
have ever encountered.
Specific to Mitragyna speciosa