The beautiful Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom) flower is both unique and sweet smelling. It's scent is similar to a sugary syrup or a lighter version of cotton candy. Like many flowers, when the bloom dies off a seed pod forms. Here is a pictorial walk through of the life of a Kratom flower. These particular trees are in my back yard in south Florida. They are about 6 years old and reach as tall as 30 feet in height. We hope you enjoy this presentation by Ninja Botanicals.
Kratom flowers in all stages. This summer there are an estimated 2,000 flowers on the trees.
The first stage of the Mitragyna Speciosa flower is a small green ball that has a spiky appearance. The spikes are not sharp, but rather have the texture of a soft plastic. They are flexible and do not break easily. They are well hydrated and will seep if a spike is plucked off.
Over the course of about a week, the green spikes elongate and fade into white. In the picture, it is visible on the top side of the flower.
Within only a few days of the spikes elongating and turning white, they begin to open at the tips, showing the early stages of their tiny petals forming.
As the petals open, they form wonderful shapes that almost appear honeycomb in nature. Perhaps that is why the bees love Kratom flowers so much. Or maybe it is their sweet smell! Once in full bloom the Mitragyna Speciosa flowers are a beautiful yellow.
Over the course of about a week, the flowers turn from bright yellow to a golden yellow. So by now you can tell that they last for quite some time (about 3 weeks in total).
Once the Kratom flower has finished blooming the petals begin to slough off leaving exposed a white round ball in the center. The ball has holes in it that are in perfect synchronicity with the green spikes that were present in the very beginning.
In the time span of another week the center of the flower turns brown. While one would think that this is the end of it's journey of growth, indeed it is not. The brown holes actually grow, elongating.
In some cases (due to fertilization such as bees, butterflies and even manual processes), inside the brown holes, seed pods begin to form. By the time the cycle is complete, each brown vessel will contain a seed pod. Each seed pod will contain hundreds of tiny Kratom seeds.
This year we got lucky -
The bees found the Kratom Flowers!
Growing Kratom trees from seed is very challenging. If you would like to try it, ask us about acquiring a seed pod for free (while supplies last) when you place your order for any products on our website valued at $50 or more.