Can you grow your own Moringa Tree
Yes you can and reading this post will give you the know how to do it.
Moringa is a superfood and if you read about all the nutrients it has it almost seems too good to be true. But it's true- so what better then to grow your own moringa tree! So just how do you grow your own moringa tree - read on.
As a tree, moringa is renowned as a fast-growing, drought-tolerant tree whose leaves, flowers, pods and seeds are not only edible but also highly nutritious. I have also heard it named malongay by some gardeners. The plant has a botanical name Moringa oleifera.
You can also grow moringa indoors!
In addition to being a very versatile tree moringa is a nitrogen-fixer for the soil, so it makes sense to consider it in your garden
How to grow your own Moringa Tree
Moringa trees grow easily from seeds or cuttings and can also be transplanted.
Moringa is a strong hardy tree and it grows quite quickly even in poor soil. Typically it first blooms about 8 months after planting. I recommend using pots to start first because it makes it easier to care for the young tree. For example many birds and animals will eat your young tree and in a pot you can take care to get it started. After approximately 2 months then you can consider transplanting to a permanent place.
Growing a Moringa Tree from a seed.
Moringa seeds are a similar size to a large pea or a bean, The seeds actually can do without sun in the germination phase.
It is best to soak the seeds in pure water (no chemicals) for approx 1 day. After that take out the seeds and put them on a napkin or paper towel and lightly dry them.
The next step is to get ready for germination. What you do is put the seeds in an appropriate size plastic bag and then leave them in a warm by dark place. You do not need to add more water in this germination phase. Leave them there for somewhere between 4-12 days. Check on them at least every 2 days.
Watch for the seeds producing two shoots protruding from the seed.
Now it is best practice not to let the shoots get too long as they will break easily.
This part is exciting- you need to watch even more closely for one of the shoots that will have a rough area at its end. This is actually the first leaves of your new moringa tree. The technical term is a cotyledon - these then need to be put in the sun.
The best substrate to start your new moringa trees growth is peat moss. But if your soil is good it is ok to use that also. Put the seed about ½ inch under the soil, but make sure you orientate the new leaf towards the sun.
The young moringa tree will need sun - so place the pot in an area that gets a good amount. In the beginning you do need to water the small moringa tree every day - just be careful not to over water it and saturate the soil. You do not want the new roots getting water logged. Watch the moringa seedling closely till it gets established.
When you finally transplant the moringa seedling to its intended location - be careful with the young roots - they are fragile until they actually establish themselves in the soil - so make sure the hole you dig is big enough.
How to grow a moringa tree from a cutting.
The best time to take cuttings from a moringa tree is when they have stopped producing. Branches need to be trimed- to make room for new growth. These branches make great cuttings.
Best practice is to get a reasonably large cutting - say at least 1 inch in diameter and about six feet in length.
The dig a 3 foot hole - and also about 3 feet deep.
Put your cutting in the centre of the hole and gently fill with a mix of good soil, sand and some fertilizer. Pack it around the base so that the the cutting stands straight up.
Keep the soil moist - but do not actually water the tree because you do not want water running down the cutting where you want the new roots to grow.
Once established the Moringa tree is quite resilient to sun and water. It will also survive in dry conditions.
Moringa Growing Zone.
In the United States, the western states like California - and other southern states are great areas to grow a moringa tree.
A key determination to can you grow moringa in your area is does your average temperature drop below 70 degrees. Below that temperature Moringa tends to lose its leaves and may even die.
Unless you are in a tropical climate then the moringa tree will likely become dormant in the winter time, so do not worry - they gorw back in the summer. The key is not to have hard frost which may kill it.
Growing Moringa in California
Growing Moringa in Florida
Yes you can, it really does well in Southwest Florida. It will likely stop growing in winter and if you have a frost it may harm it - but normally they come back.
Growing Mornga in Georgia
Can I grow - yes but you may need to protect it with a covering in winter -especially when the tree is young.
How long does it take to grow Moringa?
Many people ask how fast does moringa tree grow. It is a fast growing tree in tropical conditions. In Southern California Moringa trees grow quickly and will grow 3 to 5 ft per year.! Even growing from seeds they will bloom after 8 months. I forgot to mention that Hawaii probably grows the best moringa trees!
Moringa Trees for Sale
Where can I buy a moringa tree.