Growing Moringa Seedlings
The Secret To Growing Moringa Seedlings is there is no secret, if given the right conditions they are not hard to grow, and can be done anywhere that you can control the climate…
Moringa Love Heat
Moringa is originally from Tropical and Subtropical Areas of the World, and love heat. It grows best in temperatures between 70-95 degrees. And grows easily if you live in growing zones; 9, 10 or 11. The states Florida and Arizona come to mind as probably two of the best places to grow Moringa in the United States. I am sure that there are other places that do not come to mind, or I do not know about.
Moringa does not take cold temperatures very well, it will lose leaves and go dormant in cold winter climates. It will even die if the roots freeze.
If you live in an area with freezing cold winter climates, and have your heart set on growing Moringa, do not despair you may still be able to grow it where you live if you are willing to take some extra measures to keep it alive.
Ways To Grow Moringa Seedlings
Below are some ways that you can grow Moringa Seedlings,,, If you can grow them in the ground outdoors that is the best choice, but if you can’t there other options.
Growing in a Greenhouse
If you have access to a greenhouse Moringa seedlings could be grown in a greenhouse, with temperatures kept well above freezing.
Growing in Pots
Moringa grown in pots can be moved inside when the weather changes. Just be sure to provide warmth and light to keep it alive.
Growing as an Annual
If you grow a vegetable garden you are probably aware of the practice of growing vegetable as annuals. Most vegetables are grown in one season and replanted again the next year.
If you look into the different kinds of vegetables you grow, you would find many could be grown as perennials but because your climate does not support its grown all year you grow them only during the period that they would thrive and produce a crop you can benefit from.
If you live in an area that would not support the growth of Moringa all year, grow them as Annuals. Plant them after the last frost, grow and harvest all you can before the cold weather returns, then next year start over again. Depending on your climate you could get 1-4 harvests before the weather gets to cold.
How I Grow Moringa Seedlings
I grow Moringa Seedlings 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 before the weather gets too cold.
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 or 2 feet and let them grow back, and repeat the process until it gets to cold and the trees quit growing. When the weather gets cold Moringa become dormant and lose their leaves, I think another word for this is deciduous, Moringa are deciduous.
When that happens your Moringa harvesting has come to an end.
Storing Moringa Leaves
How to store your Moringa harvest? There are a couple of good ways we have found to store our Moringa Leaves, that you might like to also use. One is drying the leaves and the other is freezing the leaves.
Drying the Leaves
Drying the leaves is very easy to do; after you harvest the branches and stems with leaves, wash them in clean water, and shake off the excess. Then gather the stems up and tie them together in bundles. Depending on the size of your stems and branches, you could tie them in bunches of 5 – 8 stems.
After tying them together, hang them someplace out of the sun and away from heat, where they can get good air circulation. I have been hanging mine from a shelf in my kitchen. They will dry in one – three weeks depending on the humidity in the room. You can use a dehydrator but I do not have one and hanging them works really well.
After the leaves are dried I, place my stems and branches with leaves inside a new clean bag, then press, and squeezed the bag feeling the branches until I have removed all or as much of the leaves from the stems as possible. The branches and stems are used for compost.
The leaves can be further cleaned by sorting through them for large stems and branches. When I have my leaves fairly clean and free of large branches I put them in a blender to pulverize, it into powder. Because I am not sure I have my leaves perfectly dry, I store them in the freezer or refrigerator to prevent any mold growth.
The leaves do not have to be made into power you could keep them as leaves, it would make using them in tea easier than the powder, the powder cannot be removed from a cup of tea as easily as tea leaves would. We end up drinking the powder leaves when we use them for tea.
Freezing the Leaves
Another way to store Moringa leaves is to freeze them. I wash mine them with clean water then remove the leaves from the branches and stems. Then place the leaves in my freezer containers and put into the freezer. I do not know the shelf life of frozen Moringa but my guess is 12 months.
Using Stored Moringa
You can add frozen or powder moringa to anything and everything. We add the powder to teas, oatmeal, smoothies. But the powder could also be added to sauces, and dressing really anything. You could add it to cooked food before you eat it, just sprinkle it on. You could also fill empty capsules with the powdered Moringa if you like, it is easy to do.
If you prefer to make capsules with your Moringa powder you can get a easy to use capsule machine that would allow you to make 20 or so at a time. Not required but much faster than by hand. I looked on Amazon and they have a capsule machines…
The frozen leaves can be used like fresh, as you would other frozen greens, so far I have used them in soups, smoothies, and in sauces.
If all our work has gone as expected we should have enough Moringa saved up to last the winter months.
Benefits of Growing Moringa Seedlings
You can learn about some of the benefits of eating Moringa from our What is Moringa?
You Can Purchase Moringa Seeds Here!
If you would like we can grow Moringa seedling starts for you, right now we are growing to order, when you place your order for Moringa seedlings, we will begin germinating and growing your Moringa seedlinga, in about 3 weeks after they have grown top foliage we will pack and ship them to you ready to be transplanted, they will look similar to those that we are growing in the pink crates,,, in the picture at the top of this post… CLICK HERE!
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