What Would you do with 50 Moringa Seeds?
50 Moringa seeds may seem like more seeds than you would ever want, but really there are ways to use them that you may find 50 seeds are not enough. Here are just a few ways.
You might get some attractive pots or even bags, and grow the trees to give to friends as gifts, or you could sell them, at garage sales or farmers markets.
Plant a Grove of Moringa
If you had 50 Moringa seeds you could plant “A Grove of Moringa Trees”.
I was told by a local grower who has a grove of 200 Moringa trees; that they space their Moringa trees so that they can bush out all around 6 feet, and then they let them grow to 20 feet high.
Moringa that is grown in warm areas of the country can get very big, very fast. They are know to grow up to 15 feet in one growing season, and up to 35 feet or higher in a life time. For your Moringa trees to grow fast and big they will need the right growing conditions. Moringa are known to grow best in temperatures of 70 – 95 degrees, but they may surprise you. Our Moringa seeds sprouted with night time temperatures under 50 degrees when the days were over 80 degrees. If you research Moringa you will find that they do not do well in very wet ares, while that may be true Moringa still needs water to grow. You may also read that it does well in poor soils, our Moringa did very well in our sandy soil the first year, but its growth slowed down the second year, expect to fertilize when needed to sustain a healthy growth.
Moringa love the heat, but even if you live in cooler areas of the country you too may still be able to grow Moringa. Moringa can be grown in pots and moved when the weather changes, or you can grow Moringa in your garden just as you do Tomatoes and Peppers, as annuals and re-plant every spring…
How I Grow Moringa
I grow Moringa for leaves, the way that I do that is to plant them intensively, meaning we plant them close together and plant more then we normally would. We have found that in our 4×8 Foot Beds we can get 50 seeds when we plant them in rows of 5 seeds wide and 10 seeds length wise… Planting this way causes the tree to only produce leaves, they never reach the stage where they would grow seed pods or viable seeds. But that is OK because our goal is to harvest leaves, and with this method we have been able to harvest 2 or 3 times a summer if we get an early start, if not we may only get 1 or 2 harvests.
When the Moringa get to be 3, 4, 5 or 6 feet tall depending on how I feel at the time, I will cut them back to 1 foot and let them grow back, and repeat the process until it gets to cold and the trees quite growing. When the weather gets cold Moringa become dormant and lose their leaves, I think another word for this is deciduous, Moringa is deciduous. If the winters are very cold where you live your Moringa could freeze, if they freeze and the roots do not freeze they may grow back in the spring, but if the roots freeze it will kill the tree.
Last winter here in Coolidge Arizona, we only had one or two light freezes my Moringa did not freeze, they survived without dying to the ground…
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