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Moringa Tree Planting Instructions

 


Moringa trees love full sun!

Find the most difficult place to grow something then put moringa trees there and they'll thrive.

Consider the low light winter months and maintain full sun throughout the year by planting moringa trees on the south side of a property.

 

If moringa trees are maintained in pots, partial shade is recommended. It's much hotter in a pot than the cooling mama earth.

 

Moringa trees evolved in the dry sandy soils of sub-tropical India and Africa, perfect for Florida’s soil conditions.

 

Keep moringa trees ‘high-and-dry’ in places with plenty of drainage. Moringa trees are soft woods and can form root-rot very easily. For this reason, place young moringa trees on-top of the existing soil.

 

Start by planting a moringa seed. 

 

Moringa trees evolved in the dry sandy soils of sub-tropical India and Africa, perfect for Florida’s soil conditions. A soil mix of sand, humus and light clay is recommended.

Start moringa trees in composted soil. Add coconut coir, pete moss or Spanish moss or a variety of humus materials to retain moisture in the pot, butr at the same time add perlight or some small pebbles to maintain good drainage. Its a delicate mixture, have fun and experiment.  

 

Keep moringa trees ‘high-and-dry’ in places with plenty of drainage. Moringa trees are soft woods and can form root-rot very easily. For this reason, place young moringa trees on-top of the existing soil.

 

Digging a hole is NOT nessesary.

 

Do not place moringa trees in low lying areas. Gather the surrounding soil to build-up a tire-sized mound, 6 to 12 inches high. Try to add some composted soil and other soil amendments like worm castings, sticks, stems, leaves and rock dust to build mineral content.

Cover the bare soil with a layer of oak mulch for moisture retention and frost protection.

1) Remove the young moringa trees from the pot by holding the tree and flipping it upside down and pull the plastic container off by sticking your finger in one of the holes for leverage and pull it off.

 

2) Place the moringa tree root ball on the ground. Hopefully you chose a high and dry area, preferably on a slight slope. 

 

3) Then, cover the moringa tree root ball with composted soil about a tire sized area creating a small mound around the tree, this helps retain moisture and prevent the young roots from standing water in rainy season. Eventually, the tree will settle into a lower position. As long as you don't have mulch and soil running up the stem of the moringa tree, you should be good. Trees don't like the part closest to the ground to be covered by anything, it's where alot of energy passes through and they need good aeration near the part that goes from root to the stem.  

 

4) Water the newly planted moringa trees immediately. Maintain a watering schedule 3-4 days a week for about 2 weeks to help establish root system. After that, the trees will mostly be self sufficient. Although, they like it more dry, water every 3-5 days, if nessesary.  

 

Moringa trees grow much better in social groups, much like people and should be planted in 3's for optimal health of the trees and fastest growth with abundant greens and seed pods.

Young moringa trees are also hermaphroditic in nature.

 

As a family unit, one moringa tree will mature into a more dominant seed producing tree and the others will help pollinate the dominant tree and produce more greens.

 

Overwatering can cause yellowing.    As the tree grows up, older leaves will regularly turn yellow and fall off. During colder months, leaves will also yellow. Once woody-bark material has formed on the stem, regularly cut the moringa trees back at any height.

The shape and size of a moringa tree is ever evolving as the rapid growth causes some stem to break in high winds, freeze completely back to the ground during freezes, but one thing that remains is the moringa tree resiliency. As long as the root system is protected or kept in tact, even if it gets uprooted from the ground and moved replant it and it will grow new shoots,

 

Cut the moringa tree completely back to the ground, it still grows back new stems.

Moringa trees do not spread from the root unlike bamboo and banana, which are in the grass family, moringa is a tree, but moringa is able to propagate from cuttings. 

 

To prevent standing water from getting into the trunk, make a clean cut on the main stem at a 45 degree angle. Only if the stem cutting has bark on it, use it to propagate new trees. Use stems to make new trees. Cut into 1-2 ft pieces, put stems 3”-4” in the ground, or lay flat on the ground. Cover with a layer of soil and mulch. If the cutting is still green, or is not a main stem piece, it will most likely not be able to form a new tree.

 

Moringa trees are very fast-growing and have ever-changing appearances. Regularly cutting the stems inspires the tree to ‘split’ and form multiple stems, creating a much more sturdy, shorter tree, more able to withstand higher wind speeds and hold greater seed-pod loads.

 

Regularly trim the soft green tops off to create more stems.   Just a tip: For the first 2 years, remove all visible flowers within reach, this will help the trees grow more of a root system and mature much faster, vs putting energy into growing seed pods, at such a young age. As the tree matures and the flowers are out of reach, she will be ready to grow seed pods.   

 

Regularly cultivate fresh leaves for daily nutrition, eat in soups and salads. Make powder, teas and spices from the dried leaves. Utilize the flowers in extracts, eat the seed pods and make oil for cosmetics from the seeds.

 

Thank you for growing Miss Moringa, she’ll surely be an asset to your home & garden space!  

-Kendrick T. Henry, M. Arch

 

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