Moringa Tree Planting Instructions

 


Moringa trees love full sun! Plant trees in the ground in full sun.

Find the most difficult spot in your yard to grow food and plant moringa trees there, they will thrive.

Consider the light conditions when planting moringa trees in the ground. Follow the low light winter months and plant in a full sun throughout the year location. The sun usually dips lower in the southern sky during winter, it maybe advised to plant moringa trees on the north side of your property. 

    If moringa trees are maintained in pots, partial shade is recommended. Pots can get really hot and will dry out faster in full sun. Keep pots watered weekly.

 

Moringa trees evolved in the dry sandy soils of sub-tropical India and Africa and are very drought tolerant. It’s known as the Never Die Tree.   In tropical areas, they like to be ‘high & dry’ on swales and mounds, but in the desert they like to be placed holes to keep moisture levels.

 

They can store water in the roots and trunks, but moringa trees are soft wooded and can form root-rot very easily if placed in low-wet areas.  

 

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the newly arrived moringa trees maybe in shock, water immediately and give them a little sun.

If the trees arrive stressed or wilted, not to worry too much they are resilient and can regrow new stems.

Plus, we provide moringa seeds in each package of trees, in case any don't make it, replant the cone pot with a new seed, water for a few days and it will sprout. 

 

Place the young tree in the ground or in a new pot.   Remove yellow leaves or cut back any broken stems. Remove from cone pots right away or water for 1-2 days and then remove from cone pots. Place the tiny root ball into a bigger pot or place in the ground.  

 

To remove trees & roots from pot, flip pot upside down and squeeze until the soil breaks loose, gently pull it out. Try to keep as much soil intact as possible. Even if the stem breaks, care for the root in the ground or in pots and it will re-grow a new stem.  

 

Maintain a daily watering schedule for about 2 weeks to help establish their root system. After 1-2 weeks, the trees will be established and water as needed.   

 

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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 mulch on top is recommended.

Start moringa trees in composted soil. Add coconut coir, peat moss or a variety of humus materials to retain moisture in the pot, even rice hulls are good. Or just add perlite or some small pebbles to maintain good drainage. Its a delicate mixture, have fun and experiment.  

 

In tropical regions, 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 composted soil in a small hole, forming a mound and avoid low-wet areas.

 

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.

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  Moringa trees are very fast-growing and have ever-changing appearances. As the tree grows up, lower leaves naturally yellow and fall off. Moringa leaves have a short lifespan and yellow out fast, eat them before they yellow or fall off. Regularly remove yellowing leaves, they can attract pests and bugs.

 

Cut the trees regularly at any height for shorter bushier trees.  Harvest & eat green leaves before they turn yellow.   For food, cut the stems or remove side branches regularly to inspire the tree to ‘split’ and form multiple new stems.

 

Pruning moringa trees creates a much more sturdy, shorter tree, more able to withstand higher windspeeds and hold greater seed-pod loads.   If your tree is getting tall and lanky with no leaves, its time to give it a trim, cut back to a manageable height.

 

Use the cuttings to propagate and regrow new trees. Plant barked cuttings 2 ft. in length, 2-6” in diameter. Plant them 6” in the ground and they will regrow into new trees.  

 

Cultivate fresh leaves for daily nutrition, eat in soups and salads. Make your own powder, teas and spices from the dried leaves. Utilize the flowers in extracts. Eat the seed pods and press the seeds to make seed oil.

 

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Moringa trees grow much better in social groups, much like people and should be planted in at least 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. The moringa tree can also freeze completely back to the ground during colder months in northern climates, but one thing that remains is the moringa tree resiliency.

 

As long as the root system is protected with layers of oak mulch or straw at the base of the tree in the winter months.

 

If you need to move the moringa tree or it's uprooted from the ground and moved to a new location, cut the mainstem back to 3-4' and replant. It will grow new shoots within a few weeks,

 

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. 

 

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To prevent standing water from getting into the trunk when harvesting greens, make a clean cut on the main stem at a 45 degree angle. Use the cutting to propagate new trees.

 

Cut harvested material into 1-2 ft pieces, put cuttings with bark on them 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 or a side branch, it will most likely not be able to form a new tree.

 

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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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