Transplanting Moringa Trees
It was a cooler than usual end of Summer, September day when I got the urge to transplant our Moringa Trees… We planted the stand of Moringa trees so close to the raised bed that when our Okra grew up and out there was not much room to pass between them and the Moringa Trees, it finally made sense that the trees be moved.
My thinking was that moving some or all of the Moringa Trees would not only make room to walk between the beds but possibly give us more planting space and who doesn’t need more places to plant things, I know I do. 🙂
It Wasn’t Too Hard To Dig
Thankfully, for the past 3 months, we had been watering the trees well enough that the soil was easy to dig… Not usually the case with our rock hard dry Arizona soil…
Best Time To Transplant Moringa
Was it the best time of year to transplant Moringa Trees? The quick answer is, NO… The very best time to transplant any Tree, Shrub or Perennial is when it is dormant, that would be when the outdoor temperatures are below 40 degrees or less, and the tree has stopped producing new leaves. Transplanting at that time doesn’t interfere with the regular growing seasons, Spring, Summer and Fall in hot climates.
Best Time To Grow Moringa
The very best time to grow Moringa and get new growth is when the night time temperatures consistently stay above 75-80 degrees, for us that is about June. A transplanted Moringa tree would not usually show new growth until this time. So if you transplant in late fall early winter you should not see your tree come back to life until Summer.
Moringa Grows Like Weeds
When Summer temperatures hit you can expect your Moringa Trees to grow like weeds so long as they are given the optimum growing environment. If you search the internet for information on growing Moringa you might come away thinking that Moringa needs very little water or soil nutrients to survive, it gave me the idea that I wouldn’t need to water often or fertilize them.
After 3 years of growing Moringa in the desert, I have found that they do much better when generously watered and given a dose of fertilizer… I usually cover the Moringa beds with a layer of rotted manure once a year, and water during the hot season daily to every other day depending on the heat.
Growing Moringa For Leaves
Moringa can be grown as a Tree, Shrub, or Intensive Bed. The main reason someone grows Moringa as a tree is to produce seed pods and seeds. If you live in a cooler climate you may never get seed pods from your Moringa, the weather is just not hot enough… When you grow Moringa as a Shrub or Intensive Bed you probably are growing it to harvest the leaves. To grow Moringa for leaves you will cut and regrow the tree over and over, keeping the trees at a height that you can manage.
Moringa is very hardy we know that because we are able to cut down to 1 foot of its life and in a few weeks have it grow back bushier than when you cut it, depending on your climate it could be cut and regrown many times during a growing season.
Transplanting Off Season
Getting back to Transplanting out of Season, if you choose to transplant out of season like I did you can expect to send your Moringa trees into shock, the leaves will dry up and die… You can’t expect to transplant a beautifully leafed out tree and have it stay that way… You may end up like me cutting the Tree down in a similar way to when pruning them for leaf harvest. In time the roots will grow back and leaves will start growing again but it may take the rest of the season or even until next year depending on when you transplant…
Early Season Transplanting
Here is what I am thinking, you could probably get away with transplanting late winter to early spring and not have too much of an issue since Moringa don’t get growing till June… I should have waited but because I was more interested in moving the trees than leaf production I took advantage of my energy spurt… Not pretty but they will grow back…
Steps To Transplanting Moringa
- Water the soil well a few days prior to digging.
- Dig the new hole first, make it 2-3 feet in diameter depending on your root ball, and 2-3 feet deep.
- Dig Tree 6 to 12 inches from the base of the tree trunk, digging straight down not pointing into the tree.
- Plan to dig around carefully till you find the roots, Moringa will grow out instead of down when grown in hard soil.
- Try to preserve as much root as possible, Moringa will survive without all the roots, but will grow back faster with more.
- After transplanting keep new transplant well watered to promote root growth and survival of the newly transplanted tree.
What Is Moringa?
Maybe you haven’t heard of Moringa, I wrote a post here on the benefits gained from using Moringa.
How To Grow Moringa
Would you like to learn more about growing Moringa? See our other Moringa posts here.
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