HOW DO I GERMINATE KRATOM SEEDS?
Mitragyna speciosa is a
beautiful, hardy, and extremely tall tree, sometimes reaching heights of 30
meters! The seeds produced by these trees couldn't be more delicate; they grow
in podheads, that contain about 50 seed pods per head, and each pod can contain
about 50 seeds. The seeds are no larger than a sliver. Because the seeds are so
delicate and so many, they also have a low germination rate as well.
Kratom seeds will sprout surprisingly easy, though. Since you can expect a
viability rate of about 20% from fresh Kratom seeds, and about 10% from ones
that are not so fresh, you can plant between 5-10 seeds per pot. Planting is
simple; you can simply drop them onto the top of the soil, and then sprinkle a
very thin layer of soil on top, just enough to cover the seeds. In nature, the
seeds are so light an so many, that they spread far and wide in the air, and
only delicately land, like feathers, on the forest floor.
So use that image as a
guide when planting your own seeds.
Soil needs to be any standard potting soil...you don't want sandy soil like
cactus like to grow in; this is a tree, and a fast-growing one at that!
Temperatures need to be as moderate as possible; you can't subject your Kratom
tree to ANY freezing temperatures whatsoever! It likes a constant temperature of
about 75 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and does extremely well in natural
sunlight. If you live in a place that has cold winters, you will notice a marked
increase in leaf production if you bring your Kratom tree outside for the
As far as watering; just don't let the soil dry out, but don't soak it either.
BUT: Once you little sapling is established, and is a young tree, it is
difficult to over-water this plant. Once the tree really gets growing, it is not
uncommon to water it every day. Leaf production only takes about 6 months to
start, and you can get a large number of leaves on a regular basis. Just don't
strip your tree too much; we know how tempting that can be.
We wish you all the best in your endeavor, and hope this beautiful and sacred
Mitragyna speciosa plant brings you as much joy as it has us by growing and
cultivating it from seed.
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How Do I Germinate Tree
Techniques: Community Pots Or Beds
This is a method by which seeds are sewn in a container or bed,
typically many seeds placed side by side in the germinating soil.
This is good for day to day observation and offers a grower the
opportunity to remove seedlings at will. This is also the most
used technique by commercial growers.
Advantages: Easy observation, erect seedlings, good air circulation,
easy application of chemicals or fertilizer, application of bottom
heat, and independent removal of seedlings as needed.
Disadvantages: Somewhat more difficult to set up, potential for less
heat or humidity, greater desiccation risk, chance for collateral
contamination by fungus.
Germination Techniques: "Baggie" Technique
An easy technique of placing seeds with some slightly damp moss into
a transparent plastic baggie and putting the baggie in a warm
environment, such as near a water heater. This is the most
preferred technique by hobbyists.
Advantages: improved humidity, inexpensive, simple, space efficient,
mobile, and good for small numbers of seeds
Disadvantages: Poor visibility, twisted seedlings, potential for
rapid fungal demise, lack of ventilation, inferior light, risk of
under-hydration without warning, and need for timely removal when
ready or one gets βseedling spaghettiβ.
Simple Outdoor Germination
This means germinating outdoors in a small pot or the garden,
nothing fancy. This can be successful with many species in you live
in an area that gets adequate heat and not too cold. One should
avoid direct sunlight on most species and keep the soil somewhat
Germination Medium/Soil in a Pot
It must provide a root substrate, moisture, nutrients and aeration,
and is ideally loose enough for easy penetration of germination
radical. It should accept water easily and not dry out too
quickly. There are various opinions on the ideal mix. The mix can be
made by hand or purchased as "germination mix." Typically used are
mixtures of perlite and peat moss in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio.
With this kind of soil, wetting agents are often added to medium to
help with watering, which is helpful to Kratom Seeds.
Pure peat moss can be used but can turn into a hard block if ever
allowed to fully dry out!
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A temperature/humidity controlled greenhouse environment is ideal.
This offers more heat, higher low temperatures, and more consistent
humidity. There is also less risk of predators, weed contamination
and weather-related problems.
A simply constructed germination box made out of styrofoam with a
plastic lid can be constructed cheaply and work well. It is ideal
for the hobbyist. A simple warming device such as a light bulb can
If not utilizing a greenhouse or germination box, provide your seeds
with the warmest area possible with good humidity and away from
direct, hot sunlight.
Humidity levels of 60 to 70% are ideal. Avoid overly damp locations
or rot will develop.
Utilization Of Bottom Heat
This is a system of utilizing artificial heat below the community
pot to accomplish or accelerate germination.
Commercial heating mats are available with thermostat controls.
Advantageous for most species. Speeds germination. Is not
inexpensive to use.
Bottom heat requires a flat surface to function. It is best to
shield loss of heat from the bottom of your mat. The distance from
the seeds to bottom heat is critical. If too close it may overheat
For species from colder natural habitats, bottom heat may diminish
germination rates and be totally unnecessary.
It will increases water requirements and/or frequency of misting.
A thermometer should be utilized to verify optimal medium