6 Ways To Grow The Amazing Miracle Tree
How To Grow Moringa Oleifera The Amazing Miracle Tree… there are at least 6 ways to grow Moringa… But before we go into ways to grow it, let’s talk about why it is so amazing…
Why “The Miracle Tree” Moringa Is So Amazing
Moringa is considered a Miracle Tree because it is high in over 90 Nutrients, 46 Antioxidants, including all the Essential Amino Acids that our bodies need but cannot make and must get from our food. There are only a handful of plant foods that contain all the Essential Amino Acids…
High In Nutrients
Not only does Moringa provide 90 nutrients the quantity of each nutrient is supplied in abundance, many times more than other foods that are known to be high in a certain nutrient… For example, Oranges are known for their high vitamin C content, but Moringa has many times more vitamin C than oranges… Carrots are known to be high in vitamin A, but Moringa has many times higher….
Some nutrients found in Moringa are; Vitamin C, A, E, B-Complex; Folates, Pyridoxine B-6, Thiamin B-1, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin. Calcium, Selenium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Magnesium.
Grows In Poor Soils & Hot Climates
In addition to being high in Nutrients, Antioxidants, and Amino acids, another reason Moringa is an Amazing Miracle Tree, is that it can grow in poor soils and will grow in places that other plants would not, like Sandy Soils, and Hot climates.
High In Oleic Acid
Moringa seeds are high in Oleic acid, the fatty acid that Olives are known to be high in… It is said that they contain so much oil that you can press the oil out with your fingers.
When the seeds have been pressed and the oil has been removed the leftover pulp of the Moringa seeds can be used to purify water,,, With the high cost of water purification chemicals, some 3rd world water treatment plants are researching ways implement the use of Moringa seed pulp on a large scale…
Names For Moringa
Moringa has been around for a long time, it is said to have originated from the base, of the Himalayan mountains. Moringa is now grown and used for food and medicine in India, Africa, Philippines, Mexico and many other countries… Because of it’s use, in different places it goes by many names such as; Horseradish Tree, Never-Die Tree, Ben Oil tree, Malunggay, Marungay, Drum Stick Tree, Marango, there are more…
Uses For Moringa
Moringa is known to cure over 300 ailments including; diabetes & cancer. The Seeds, Leaves, Flowers and Roots are used for food and medicine. The leaves can be added to stews, soups, and sauces… The flowers and roots are eaten, but both contain a toxin that can harm you if you eat too much of it…I don’t plan to eat them… The Flowers have a heavenly aroma when they bloom…
How I Use Moringa
I grow Moringa for the leaves, we do not have a warm enough winter to grow it for seeds, but we can get a nice crop of leaves in one season… We dry it and store the leaves for tea,,, we also grind up the leaves for powder, to put into Oatmeal and other foods… I have also frozen the fresh leaves for smoothies…
How To Grow Moringa 6 Ways
There are three forms of Moringa that can be grown and 3 methods of growing them…
3 Forms of Moringa To Grow
The three forms of Moringa that we can get and grow are; Seeds, Roots & Cuttings… All forms of Moringa need the same conditions for growing, full sun, well-draining soil, and temperatures above 80 during the days or 70 degrees at night.
How To Grow Moringa From Seeds
If you do a search you will find people demonstrating how to grow Moringa from seed. Some seem to think that removing the outer shell, and soaking them overnight in water is the best way to germinate them, but the easiest way I have found is to just put the seed in the dirt and keep it wet for a week or so till it sprouts and sends up the new Moringa Seedling.
I have also learned that Moringa does not like being grown in small spaces, they start to run out of nutrients after 3 or 4 weeks of being grown in my grow collars… Then they either need to be transplanted or given nutrients… I have yet to figure out the best combination of fertilizers for growing in small spaces,,, and prefer to transplant them into the ground where they can source their own nutrients.
When grown in the ground for a season, we top dress them with a blended manure mix that we get from one of the box home stores, they seem to like it.
How To Grow Moringa From Roots
I am new to growing Moringa from roots, but they do well when grown from the root… We had a hard freeze last December that froze all our Moringa, what we found was that the top foliage died back, but the roots that did not freeze are growing new foliage… We had planted some Moringa from seed in grow bags, grow bags are above ground and would not be as protected from freezing as if grown in the ground, we are still waiting to see how many have survived, they are not growing back as fast as the Moringa grown in the ground, but we have started to see some new Moringa leaves popping up…
When growing Moringa from the root you have a mature tree when it grows foliage, it will not take as long to produce seed or flowers, normally Moringa takes 18 months to become a mature tree growing from seed.
To grow Moringa from a root, in a place that gets full sun, and is well draining, dig a one-foot wide hole, as deep as your root, leave about one or two inches of the stem above the top of the soil level. Then keep the soil around your Moringa root wet/damp till it begins to grow new foliage but do not give it so much water that it is in standing water, the water should drain off between waterings, Moringa will rot if it does not drain off and the soil is left overly wet…
Your Moringa root will not grow new foliage till the daytime temperatures are above 80 degrees, and will really take off when the nights are above 70 degrees.
How To Grow Moringa From Cuttings
Moringa is just amazing when you have a mature Moringa tree you can get new trees from the wood cuttings easily when you prune them. Most people keep their Moringa’s a certain size so that they can be managed, if you do not prune them they can get 35 feet tall… I pruned mine after the first year when there was, 6 or 7 feet of growth…
To grow Moringa from a wood cutting you have gotten from pruning your tree… you will need a Moringa stalk that is at least 3/4 quarters of an inch wide (or wider) and a foot or so long… All you need to do it stick them in the soil 4 or 5 inches deep and keep watered till it sends up new shoots and foliage.
3 Methods To A Grow Moringa
Now that you know the three forms of Moringa that can be grown to create a new tree, would you like to know the best three methods for growing Moringa?
How To Grow Moringa As A Hedge
The first method I would like to mention is that of growing Moringa as a Hedge… Moringa can be planted close together and pruned to form a Hedge anywhere you would like to grow an edible Hedge…
To grow Moringa as a Hedge, plant your Moringa form every 3-4 inches in all directions when they grow in, and you prune them you will have a thick edible Moringa Hedge.
When you grow Moringa as a Hedge in addition to growing them for the visual aspect you can also eat what you harvest when pruning.
How To Grow Moringa In Intensive Beds
Another method or way to grow Moringa is in an Intensive Bed, it is similar to growing them as a Hedge, but you grow them in a wider area… And space them a farther apart, possibly 8 inches to 1 foot in all directions. A Hedge might be one or two feet wide, but a bed can be 3, 4 or more feet wide and as long as you have room.
When growing Moringa as an Intensive Bed you would let them grow out 5 or 6 feet then cut them back to 1 foot, and let them grow back again as many times as you can until your growing season comes to an end… At the end of growing season prune your Moringa back one last time…
If you have a mild winter and your Moringa roots do not freeze your Moringa will grow back towards the end of spring… or the first of summer depending on your climate.
When growing Moringa Intensively you are growing for the leaves… You will never get seeds from growing Moringa in Intensive Beds…
How To Grow Moringa As Individual Trees
Growing Moringa as a Tree is pretty much the same and the other two methods, except you want to plant it in an area that has room for your Moringa to spread out more than the other two methods…
You can grow your Moringa tree from any form, seed, root or cuttings,,, Growing Moringa as a Tree has the same requirements as growing them any other way, you need full sun, well-draining soil, and temperatures above 80 degrees during the day or 70 degrees at night…
When Moringas have everything they need, they can grow up to 15 feet in one growing season, and can top out at 35 feet,,, Many will choose to prune Moringa to keep it manageable, that is what I do… It is up to you when you prune them,,, but the more you prune the more Moringa seems to like it, and the more it will grow out like a bush…
Besides growing into a large tree, the biggest difference in growing Moringa as a tree as opposed to the other two ways, is that when you grow Moringa as a tree you have the possibility of getting pods and seeds, if you growing season is long enough, and you wait to prune till after your tree has grown mature seed pods.
This my second year growing Moringa, last year I got 5 seeds pods, but I heard that some who bought seedlings from me, had huge numbers of seed pods, it just depends on your soil, climate and growing conditions…
We Grow Moringa To Sell
We started growing Moringa Seedlings to sell two years ago, at first we sold them on Amazon, but this last year we decided to grow the yearlings instead,,, Or more correctly the roots,,, The cost to ship a 1-year-old Moringa Tree is more than most people would pay, so by selling only the root you get an older tree without the high cost of shipping, and the foliage quickly grows back when the temperatures are warm enough.
We Have Moringa Roots
We currently have Moringa roots that have been growing in the ground for 12 months, and they are huge nothing like the roots grown in small pots… Last year, we sold the roots at one year for $49.00 plus shipping, but this year because we have so many, we have lowered the price to $29.99 plus shipping…
Where To Buy
If you would like to purchase Moringa you can find many suppliers on Amazon.
Things To Get