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Is kratom affected by the seasons?

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The Kratom Growing Season

Most kratom is grown in Thailand and Indonesia. Both nations enjoy a fairly warm and tropical climate. Thailand and Indonesia do not see a dramatic seasonal fluctuation in terms of temperature, so unlike other parts of the world, plants remain green and grow throughout the entire year; there is no winter dormancy period per se.

But southeast Asia does see a dramatic shift in the amount of precipitation that falls throughout the year and this impacts the rate at which kratom and other plants grow. The growing season –the time of year when there is lots of rain – is during and the period immediately following the rainy season, as the plants enjoy an abundance of resources.

In Thailand and Indonesia, the rainy season occurs as a result of large storms, called monsoons,which primarily move through the region during the months of December through March. The water remains in the soil for several weeks after the end of the rainy season, so the growing season continues through mid-spring. In fact, the rainy season brings shorter lengths of sunlight, but the length of daylight expands as the year progresses, so the latter portion of the rainy season and the period immediately following the monsoons are prime time for plant growth, including kratom trees.

The southeast Asian dry season extends from June through September; during this time, growthslows dramatically and plants focus on mere survival (instead of growing and expanding.) Now, one might assume that the rainy season would be the better time to harvest the kratom leaves, since they’re growing and more abundant, but this isn’t necessarily true. The reason? During the dry season, alkaloids reach higher levels in the kratom tree’s leaves. Higher levels of alkaloids allow for a more potent batch of kratom. So allowing the leaves to remain on the plant well into the dry season can have a slightly advantageous impact on the quality of the kratom.

But most kratom experts argue that the seasonality has a minimal impact, especially since some regions see less dramatic seasonal changes. This would result in a less dramatic change in the alkaloid levels that are present in the kratom leaves.

What’s more, it takes time to harvest, dry, process and package the kratom leaves. Then, there is an additional delay associated with distribution to various retailers, who then sell the kratom to you, the customer. Therefore, it can be extremely difficult to time your purchases in a way that ensures optimal quality from the “right” seasonality.

Plus, kratom tends to degrade with time, so purchasing in bulk is not recommended. Proper storage of kratom can slow degradation. Kratom should be packaged in vacuum-sealed, air-tightbags, each with just a one- or two-day supply to ensure optimal freshness. These bags should then be placed inside an opaque, light-blocking container in the freezer. For more information see our article on storage.

 

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Colleen

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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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