Do I need rooting hormone?
You do not need rooting hormone for cuttings to root. We ship out every cutting with rooting hormone already applied. However if you are going to add rooting hormone we do recommend that you are sparing while applying. If you add to much hormone and cover the cutting it will make it hard for cuttings to produce roots thru the hormone.
How often should I water unrooted kratom cuttings?
Customers should leave the plastic bag these cuttings come in sealed at all times they should not be releasing moisture. There should be no need to water these cuttings. In the event the soil medium begins to firm up it is advised to mist or pour a table spoon or two of water. The soil medium should always be moist to the touch at all times. Even one night of a dried up soil medium will kill a plant seeing as they are so young. You can also mist the cuttings with a water bottle.
Where does the money from your order go to?
We are a small self funded American Kratom nursery. Our team does not take payment for our work. Everything we make goes back into the nursery, Documenting kratom, Our kratom social media platform Kratom Watchdog, Our kratom avatar chat Kynto, and our other kratom advocacy projects.
Where is our Thai Kratom Harvested From?
Made from Thailand’s most mature Kratom leaves, Red Thai Kratom is one of our most popular strains. As its name suggests, the Thai kratom strain is imported directly from Thailand, although it is often grown in other areas across Southeast Asia. Our Red Thai kratom powder is:
- Ethically sourced using fair trade policies
- Independently verified for quality and potency
- Additive, chemical, and filler-free
ECO-FARMING AND KRATOM
ECO-FARMING AND KRATOM – Kratom trees, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, are tropical evergreen trees in the coffee family. They grow naturally in rainforests throughout Southeast Asia. The leaves of the kratom tree have both traditional and modern significance for homeopathic medicine.
Kratom was first introduced to Western society in the 1990s but only took hold as an ethnobotanical supplement in the last decade. One potential draw for kratom’s recent rise in popularity? Sustainable, ecological farming practices, otherwise known as eco-farming.
Sustainable farming practices are vital for the continued health of our global ecosystems, including international food economies. Because of this, kratom and eco-farming practices could set the international gold standard for responsible agriculture.
And if this feels like a lot of environmental mumbo-jumbo, don’t worry! Eco-farming can be broken effectively down into seven principles, and they’re quite simple:
The Seven Basic Principles of Eco-Farming
- Crop Sovereignty: people, not corporations, should control crops like food and herbal medicines; producers and consumers should determine how our crops are produced.
- Reward Rural Livelihood: eco-farming creates healthy rural development; this, in turn, creates crop security and fights poverty.
- Smarter Agriculture: sustainable farming practices can create higher yields over time.
- Biodiversity: opting for diverse crops instead of monoculture crops like corn or soy can protect nature; biodiversity allows people to use seasonal plants at cheaper costs.
- Sustainable Soil: ecological farming creates healthier soil; eco-farmers often refrain from chemical inputs like insecticides, which can contaminate the environment.
- Pest Protection: eco-farming creates pest-resistant soil, allowing farmers to control pests and weeds without chemical inputs.
- Food Resilience: diverse and resilient crops, not monoculture crops, offer more protection from natural resource-related market changes; this creates stable crop economies, both locally and transnationally.
Think of this as your guide to eco-farming. If an agricultural practice meets these guidelines, consider it beneficial to eco-farming. Now, let’s see how kratom farming stands up to these seven principles!
Do Kratom and Eco-Farming Go Hand-in-Hand?
Eco-farming sounds great in theory: farmers and consumers hold more power over the food chain, and farming practices that could potentially contaminate the environment are abandoned in favor of ecological farming techniques. Greenpeace even calls eco-farming the combination of “modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity.”
However, critics say that eco-farming has to mesh well with reality. If ecological farming practices don’t make sense economically, they should be modified in favor of a more profitable system.
But remember when we said kratom could set the gold standard for eco-farming practices? This plant is a shining example of how to incorporate eco-farming into the modern agricultural fold. In fact, kratom meets all seven principles of eco-farming– not in theory, in reality. Here’s how:
(1) Kratom Allows for Crop Sovereignty
Kratom Spot sources their kratom from small family farms throughout Southeast Asia. In regions like Indonesia, kratom trees grow wildly in the rainforests and jungles. These tropical reserves offer rich, nutrient-dense soil without the need for chemical inputs like soil supplements or herbicides.
Here, kratom farmers and consumers control the supply, not corporations. The people have farmed kratom trees for generations. With that experience, they’ve learned how to use eco-farming practices in a sustainable, farmer-controlled setting.
(2) Kratom Rewards Rural Livelihood
The natural kratom trees in Southeast Asia bring employment opportunities, ecological advancements, and global trade opportunities to rural farmers in Southeast Asia. Not only do kratom consumers overwhelmingly support eco-farming practices, mass-farming techniques might yield lower-quality kratom. As such, kratom farmers can maintain their traditional farming practices in an era of technological agricultural advancement.
(3) Kratom is Smarter Agriculture
This is where kratom sets a decisive eco-farming example. Kratom is farmed using a variety of sustainable techniques, such as decentralized cultivation and selective pruning.
Decentralized cultivation means this: kratom farming does NOT rely on clear-cutting forests for farmland. Instead, kratom farmers use both wild growth and small, family farms to supply kratom leaf harvests. This allows native regions to maintain local biodiversity while still profiting from a major agricultural trade product. Biodiversity is vital to Southeast Asia, a region that accounts for an estimated 20 percent of all biodiversity on the planet!
Selective pruning, much like decentralized cultivation, allows for sustainable farming techniques that do not degrade local environments. It works like this: knowledgeable kratom farmers harvest only the leaves needed for the harvest. They do not harvest entire kratom trees at once. Selective pruning has many benefits:
- Only the mature leaves of the desired vein color are harvested.
- The kratom tree is left healthy and unharmed, continuing to grow new leaves.
- The kratom tree is left with the ability to feed new growth and existing growth, creating higher yields over time.
(4) Kratom Promotes Biodiversity
We’ve already mentioned that kratom aids in the maintenance of biodiversity in Southeast Asia. But what else defines the relationship between kratom farming and biodiversity?
For starters, because kratom trees are often grown using decentralized cultivation, wildlife habitats are maintained. Decentralized agriculture, an eco-farming practice, allows us to preserve the diverse habitats of the rainforests. Taken from a past Kratom Spot article:
Animals are part of a delicate natural balance that has already been disrupted in some areas by human encroachment.
(5) Kratom Contributes to Sustainable Soil
The rainforests of Southeast Asia do not need chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, or any chemical inputs that risk damaging soil health. Yes, we know that some chemical fertilizers are “safe” when used properly in industrial settings. However, they must also be removed from consumer-grade products before sale. This isn’t always the case. Furthermore, these toxic chemicals can leach into groundwater and create rippling environmental effects.
But when you practice eco-farming, you don’t even need to worry about chemical inputs– they’re not there! Instead, the soil naturally cycles nutrients from the local flora and fauna.
(6) Kratom Contributes to Natural Pest Protection
As we learned above, kratom trees contribute to healthy soil and biodiversity. In turn, this creates natural pest control! You can thank eco-farming for that: avoiding chemical inputs can protect local insect populations. For example, chemical insecticides risk killing both good and harmful insects.
Good insects eat pests and support biodiversity. Furthermore, because kratom grows in tropical rainforests’ rich, nutrient-dense soil, they are extremely resilient to pest pressure. If we focused on soil health in the United States instead of sheer profitability, our crops could potentially evolve the same.
(7) Kratom Offers Crop Resilience
Kratom farmers use selective pruning, so kratom trees stay intact year-round. This offers the final guideline for eco-farming: crop resilience! Kratom is extremely resilient as it can be harvested year-round under the correct conditions. When trees are left whole, and only necessary leaves are harvested, kratom farmers know that they’ll always have a kratom harvest to look forward to.
Non-eco-farming practices, such as growing monoculture crops like corn in nutrient-lacking soil, can ruin the soil and make farming impossible for generations. On the hard, kratom’s sustainable farming methods will leave kratom trees growing for generations in the same soil we see today.
How Does Kratom Set an Eco-Farming Example
Kratom farmers are well aware of the benefits of eco-farming– they experience them. However, we can, too. We can incorporate eco-farming practices into the United States agriculture sector and enjoy increased biodiversity, increased agricultural profitability, reduce the effects of climate change, and increase our own food supply, reducing poverty.
The benefits of eco-farming go on and on. Sure, it may not be the right move for all agricultural sectors. However, elements of eco-farming – like leaving chemical inputs in the past so they don’t contaminate the environment – should be adopted in favor of more natural choices.
Kratom does not grow naturally in the U.S. But that shouldn’t stop us from using kratom farming as an example for the rest of the world’s agricultural practices. Kratom shows that eco-farming is possible. It’s ecologically possible, economically possible, and possible today! You can do your part to make eco-farming a part of our industries.
Kratom Watchdog Android & IOS
Have you heard of the Kratom Watchdog app? Kratom Watchdog is a kratom social network built from the ground up by one of the founding member of the non-profit American Kratom Association (AKA). A booming social community with a focus on kratom advocacy. Kratom Watchdog is the oldest kratom social media platform online. With over 400 videos and over 200,000 photo’s from our own kratom Nursery. And 7,000 members we have a very strong growers community that are always willing to help. Kratom Watchdog is available on Android, IOS, and at kratomwatchdog.com. We are a small self funded development studio. If you would like to donate to the development of the platform we would appreciate it. Thank you for your continued support.
The Importance Of Quality Kratom
The production of kratom involves thousands of farmers, encompasses dozens of strains, and spans over several distinct regions. And although kratom has deep roots in the history of the world, it’s uncertain where the future of the plant may be headed.
However, one thing is for sure –– choosing quality kratom is essential.
At Kratomleaf.us , we’re proud to provide our customers with ethically sourced, premium-grade mitragyna speciosa powder. After importing our kratom directly from Southeast Asia, we utilize strict laboratory testing methods to ensure our highest standards of purity are met. All of our products are sealed air-tight to preserve freshness and maximize customer satisfaction.
The World’s Biggest Kratom Exporters
Although kratom can be grown outside of its indigenous home of Southeast Asia, the vast majority of the supply circulating within the US and elsewhere is imported from Southeast Asian countries.
Indonesia is perhaps home to the highest volume of mitragyna speciosa powder production and exportation. Unlike other Southeast Asian countries, kratom has not been deemed an illicit substance within Indonesian borders, which has popularized kratom farming efforts. A significant amount of kratom is sourced from Indonesian provinces such as West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
Supposedly, farmers located in other neighboring regions such as Malaysia and even Thailand also play a role in how kratom is made, although kratom is a controlled substance in both countries. In Thailand, kratom was deemed illegal to buy, sell, import, or possess in 1979. However, despite regulation efforts, kratom has maintained its popularity and remains Thailand’s most widely consumed substance.
The Roots of Kratom
Mitragyna speciosa powder begins with the mitragyna speciosa tree, a plant native to Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Indigenous populations in these areas have been growing and harvesting kratom for centuries, and the earliest reports of kratom consumption in Malaysia date back as far as 1836 according to Burkill.
The plant’s environment is a significant factor in how kratom is made. At maturity, the mitragyna speciosa tree can grow as tall as 80 feet in ideal conditions. Its leaves have a shiny, dark green coloration and are quite large, with most full-grown leaves dwarfing the size of an average human hand. Because the kratom plant is evergreen, its leaves quickly regrow when shed, making kratom production possible year-round.
Kratom grows best in warm, humid environments where sunlight is plentiful. As such, the plant is abundant in rain forested areas such as the tropical island of Borneo.
Kratom Seed Pod Documentation
Fresh ripe Kratom seed pods are taken from 6 – 11 year old kratom trees organically grown in North America. As growers, we have acclimated these magnificent kratom trees to the gulf region of the United States. Growing instructions and support are included for those in all environments. As a reference tool to show as it shows the different parts of the seed pods. Here is a link to our American kratom seed pod dissection.
How many seeds come with my order?
There are hundreds to thousands of kratom seeds per individual kratom seed pod. This is a important distinction as many new growers are confused and assume the entire pod is one seed. As a reference tool to show as it shows the different parts of kratom seed. Here is a link to our American kratom seed pod dissection.
How viable are the kratom seed pods?
Just like any other seed pod with a high number of seeds included in its pods. Kratom seed has a smaller viability rate. This is due to how the trees are grown in nature and the trees genetics. The idea is that more seed the more possible plants. Our seed pods get around 15 sprouts per 1/4 of a single seed pod at their most viable state.
How to sprout Seed Pods! And answering commonly asked questions!
If this is your first time growing from seed pods our team recommends you spend a few minuets to watch this educational video. These seed pods were planted in March 2019 – June 2019 kept outdoors in very hot and humid conditions while being covered in clear plastic wrap.
How do you collect Kratom Seed Pods?
Kratrom trees take many years to mature. Because of this they can be quite tall making them hard to reach and pick seed pods directly off a tree. A single kratom tree can grow to over two hundred feet tall. This particular tree below is 25 ft tall. It wasn’t to quick before using a ladder alone would not be enough. We then cut the seed pods directly off the tree.
Our dedicated team have had to make choices on the most efficient and effective way to bring them down. A big factor that plays out over time is how we grow the trees. If we top our taller trees they will start to bush out more near the bottom. A good portion of the seed pod development happens at the top of a tree. We have built a Kratom Seed Pod collector as a solution. This collector is built our of PVC with a comb attached to the end. The pods then fall down to our collection bin at the end of the tubing.
How are kratom seed pod fertilized?
Kratom seed pods from the nursery are confirmed to have at least 60% fertilization. One can assess this by the projections (pods) erupting from the circular flower bulb. These continue to grow until they are mature. Once kratom seed pods are ready to release seed, the seed pod husk bursts open. Kratom seed are quite small and light. The seed will blow all over out of the kratom trees that start to grow once they are one the ground and the ground is moist.
Bees and other insects are attracted to the pungent sweet smell of the kratom seed pods as they develop on the kratom trees. For that reason bees rub themselves on the stems of the exposed seed pods as they travel around the seed pod collecting the pollen in their fur as they go. While they travel from kratom tree to kratom tree the collected pollen rubs off onto the other seed pods that the bees land on. As a result this fertilizes the kratom seed pods.
Are you able to hand fertilize seed pods?
On the other hand, each seed pods is to hand fertilize by staff. As well, a staff member will climb up on the ladder and grab what ever seed pods are close and rub them against each other. Turning them and spinning them in our hands to get the maximum effect. This ensures the viability of the seed pod.
How To Tell A Fertile Kratom Seed Pod?
Each seed pod have very distinct difference between a fertile seed pod and a inftertile pod. Fertile kratom seed pods will be plump in contrast to infertile pod that are smooth and round. For that reason, make sure to be careful if you want a full pod to stay intact as they break apart from the center very easily. Most notably, this video shows every stage of a kratom seed pod.
What do infertile kratom seed pods look like?
Lastly, a infertile seed pods are completely round and are very very tiny. They will almost look like a honeycomb in a ball. Infertile kratom seed pods are very soft and will roll around in the hand. In contrast, there is not much that can be done with these pods. Here is a short video to show you what they look like.
What are the different stages of seed pod development?
How do I sow kratom seed pods? What soil should I use?
Thankfully, kratom do not require any particular type of soil to grow. Your average potting soil will be fine. When you go to lay your seed, crush up the seed pods in your hand. The seed will break away easily. Sprinkle the seed on your container.
How much water do you add to kratom seeds?
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Fresh Kratom Leaf
Fresh Kratom Leaf- As with the changing of the season. We are coming to the end of Winter and turning into spring. The leaf is now at it’s at it’s most mature, after being subjected to the reduced rain fall of the dry season. It really doesn’t get better than this folks. Mature leaf is known to be bitter, and this is no exception. Best enjoyed with honey or sugar!
We are the only kratom vendor online that offers fresh leaf from fully mature kratom trees. Whole kratom leaf is only available when the trees are flowering, and all of our leaf is picked from trees varying in age from 5 – 11 years old. Each leaf is picked to ship, for freshness we recommend you select 2 day shipping. Your leaf will keep for around eight days in the fridge or 3 – 4 days at room temperature in a sealed bag. Can be air dried to preserve the leaf at which point it can be stored like your typical leaf or powder.
Kratom – The sweet treat of The South East
When the natives in South East Asia have a sore throat they will go out in the fields and pick some fresh leaf off of the trees. Placing some sugar in the center and then chew on the leaf. When they chew the leaf the sugar mixes with the fresh leaf and becomes sort of like a tasty paste. This paste will retain its sweet taste all the way through. This helps relieve sore your throat and makes the day much more bearable. Below we have written a guide to show you how.
Step 1: Pick some fresh leaf off of your tree. Any leaf will do but we recommend using larger leaves as they are easier to work with.
Step 2: Add sugar to the center of your Kratom Leaf
Step 3: Roll up your Fresh Kratom Leaf and enjoy! Chew the leaf for 3-5 min and either spit or swallow.
How should fresh kratom leaf be stored?
Each fresh leaf is picked to ship. For the Freshness we recommend you select 2 day shipping. Your leaf will keep for around five to seven days in the fridge or three to four days at room temperature in a sealed bag. Leaf can be air dried to preserve the leaf at which point it can be stored like your typical leaf or powder.
Brewing Kratom Tea with Fresh Kratom Leaf
Step 1: Prepare your pot and water. Bring a pot of water simmering boil.
Step 2: While your pot reaches temperature. Chop up 30 fresh kratom leaf.
Step 3: Once your pot is at a simmering boil add your fresh leaf to the pot.
Step 4: Add 4 table spoons of lemon juice
Step 5: Boil your leaf for 35 minutes.
But wait! Do not throw out the leaf yet! You can reuse that leaf to make another pot or two. Enjoy
What are kratom vein colors?
The color of a kratom vein are determined by the content of mitragynine (alkaloids) in the vein. The purpose of producing mitragynan is to protect the tree from insects and animals from eating the leaf. It’s also a stress mechanism. The mitragynan is why the leaf is so bitter and correlates to strength. This is why more mature leaf is more bitter then fresh leaf. When kratom leaves mature the alkaloids are sucked back into the tree through the veins. These leaves will look more yellow.
In winter you see mostly white and green with some red. Spring, mostly green, white, some red, with pink starting to show up. In summer, Seed pod are popping up, you see green, white, pink, red, purple. This continues to happens thru Fall. We should note seed pods are best to pick off the tree in Jan – April. Kratom Vein colors usually have its darkest vein color at the exterior of the plant. Getting lighter as you go inward. But is harder to see in summer – fall as all colors are on the tree. Want to know more? The Kratom Bible is also available here on the #kratomAPP
The more alkaloids in the vein. The more red the vein will be. Purple at the high end of alkaloids. White at the low end of alkaloids. It is possible to see all vein colors grow at the same time on the same tree. (pink, red, purple) more near the bottom as that is where they have roots as that’s where most of the nutrients are. Up the tree will be more (greens and whites). They start getting more color variation the larger they get.
Mature Kratom Leaf?
Mature Kratom Leaf has been sitting on the trees for months before it is picked. Kratom leaf matures over time and as the leaf ages it becomes stronger. This is kratom leaf’s normal life cycle. You can tell a mature leaf will show signs of aging. Edges of the leaf will be a bit more weathered. Leaf that has been further along in the season will have a more yellowish color to the leaf.
How do you de-veining kratom leaf?
What is de-veining? De-veining is taking the main stem that runs thru the kratom leaf and extracting the vein out of the leaf. Veins can be chewy and do not break down as easily while chewing.
How is Mature Kratom Leaf Traditionally Eaten?
In the fields of Indoneasia workers will traditionally fresh raw kratom leaf is chewed orally. Over the course of the day. Traditionally Indonesian farmers will chew 2 – 5 leaf over the course of the day for increased stamina.
How much does fresh kratom leaf weigh?
We get this question often asking how much does Fresh Leaf American Kratom weigh? So we decided to make a short video to show you the differences. Most fresh leaf is equivalent to around .8 grams – 1.2 grams wet. When dried, kratom leaf does not loose a majority of it’s weight maybe a .1 grams to .2 grams.
How do you ship fresh kratom leaf in the mail?
In this video you can see the what it takes to ship fresh kratom leaf in the mail.
How long should I expect Shipping to take?
All Kratom leaf will only ship out Monday – Wednesday. Customers can select either 2 -day Priority USPS Mail or expedited Shipping. Our friendly staff members will ship out your normally by 2 pm. Each order will receive a notification and tracking number once the order goes out. Before contacting our staff we recommend that you check your email and spam filter encase you might have missed us. Our staff can be reached at our Email us. A member of our helpful staff would be more than happy to talk with you anytime.
What happens if there is an issue with you order?
We guarantee to get to your leaf to your door healthy and green. But, sometimes things can happen. If there is ever an issue with your order please contact our team immediately. We ask that you email us at email@example.com it is helpful if you also include a photo of the situation. Our helpful staff will try to respond within the hour.