Greetings! Moringa trees in larger pots are only available for local Tampa Bay area delivery or pick-up. If you order trees from outside the Tampa Bay area we will only be able to ship moringa trees in 6" cone pots.
The trees provided here (local orders only) are in 3 gallon pots, shown above, are from local Tampa Bay Moringa seeds. More than likely, the parent of these seeds arrived in Florida nearly 40 years ago, with the help of ECHO International, a plant nursery located in Ft. Meyers, FL. Today, those same trees produced seeds that have spread throughout Florida and are now found growing right here in Tampa Bay.
The seedlings are acclimated to Southwest Florida growing conditions, collected from several generations of trees grown throughout the Tampa Bay area. *our seeds germinated in these pots were not shipped in from another country* this is important for growing a stronger tree in the Tampa Bay area.
The variety of moringa tree is known as 'moringa oleifera'. This hardy drought-tolerant tree is native to India and grows well in Tampa.
Grow Moringa in the ground on a 6-12" mound of sandy soil, cover with oak mulch and allow roots to drain with no standing water. Moringa love full sun, once woody material has formed on the stem. Protect young tree seedlings from too much sun, once you've planted them in the ground, create a small shading device (sticks or palm frons). Then remove shade devices once she has grown to show some bark, within 1-2 weeks from planting.
Trim the moringa trees back regularly (like crape myrtles) to reach a desired height, then allow new shoots and branches to form creating 'fingers'. Moringa can easily be managed, soft wood allows for fast growth and shallow root system.
Cultivate fresh leaves for daily nutrition. Make powder, teas and spices from the dried leaves. Utilize the flowers, seed pods and seeds for many other uses.
Thank you for growing miss moringa, she will surely be a asset to your home or garden space!
For all moringa tree orders out of the Tampa Bay area, please take a look at the other selections of moringa trees in cone pots, thats the only size moringa tree we are able to send in the mail at this time.
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Climate & Zones
Where to Plant?
Choosing a suitable environment is essential for Moringa to grow well.
Moringa is originally from Northwest India, adapted to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.
Direct exposure to sunlight, warmth and water with loamy soil is crucial for this tree.
"High and Dry" Drought tolerant Moringa Oleifera
For those who live in the United States, particularly the southern and western states, you are in luck and can grow Moringa outdoors. The Philippines cultivates most of its Moringa during the summer, though, it can be grown year-round, in any tropical, sub-tropical, temperate or equatorial climate.
Within the United States, we believe that Moringa grows well in Hardiness Zones 9 and 10 outdoors. With the right conditions, it can grow in Zone 8 as well.
What Zone Do You Live In?
Moringa does not like the cold and loses it leaves in colder climates, when the average temperature drops below 70 degrees.
For those who have a true winter, where it freezes and snows, we recommend that you plant Moringa in pots, keeping them outside in the spring and summer and bring them inside when it gets cold. With the exception of tropical climates, Moringa goes dormant in winter. If it gets too cold outside, the tree will die unless kept warm inside. When Moringa goes dormant the leaves fall off and branches shrivel. A greenhouse is ideal in most areas. The plant will die if it freezes completely, but it can withstand a mild frost.
Community Moringa plantations usually crop the trees so they don’t exceed 3-4 meters. Such a height allows the harvesters reasonable access and the cropping encourages horizontal growth enabling greater leaf production.
Moringa flowers are edible!
Moringa flowers have a great taste, like a mild horseradish, can add flavor and nutrients to any dish.
Did we mention moringa flowers are white, white attract honey bees and many other beneficial pollinators.
Given the fact moringa flowers can bloom in Florida winters, when most flowers are dormant,they are very beneficial to honey bees.
Plant moringa today!
Seeds and Pods
Moringa seeds are about the size of a large pea and have 3 paper-like wings.
The seeds don’t need sunlight in order to germinate. Here are some suggestions on successful germination:
1. Soak the seeds for 24 hours in water; the seeds will use the amount of water it needs. Remove the seeds pat dry with a paper towel.
2. Put the seeds in a plastic sandwich bag and store in a warm, dark place like a drawer or cabinet. Germination times range from 3-14 days. Do not add extra water to the bag.
3. Check them every two days. Once the seeds have broken loose from the winged shell, you will notice two shoots protruding from the seed.
4. Do not let the shoots get too long as they may get fragile and break when handled. One of the shoots will have some ruffled growth at the extremity; this is the shoot that contains the first leaves (cotyledons) and should be the shoot exposed to the sun. Plant the seeds about ¾ inch beneath the soil surface (or in a peat moss starter) with the ruffled extremity to the sun. Sandy loamy soils work best. Use a pot that is at least 18 inches deep if this is the final home for the tree. Moringa loves the sun so make sure they get plenty of direct sun. Although the tree is drought tolerant, they may be watered daily, just don’t allow the roots to get soaked for extended periods of time. If you live in a particularly hot zone, don’t expose the baby plants to all day sun. Keep an eye on them, they will tell you if they are getting distressed from too much sun, water or lack of food.
5. We recommend that you let the potted plants grow at least eight weeks or longer before transplanting into the ground. When transplanting, try not to disturb the root system. Like many plants the roots are very vulnerable until they are established in the ground.
6. If using a plastic pot before transplanting to the ground, use a long thin blade to loosen the soil from the inside edges of the pot. Turn the band or pot upside down to allow the entire plant and soil to slide out of the container. This prevents disturbing the roots. If you are planting more than one tree, space the plants 7-10 feet apart for optimum access to the mature tree. The tree will branch out 3-4 feet from the trunk so this spacing will allow you to walk between trees and let the sunlight to do its job. Of course, if you want a windbreak, just plant them all at one-foot intervals, as they do in Africa and India. Moringa is like any plant that appreciates plant food and fertilizers and an ample supply of water.
The variety of PKM1 seeds derived from ECHO International produce a high volume of seed pods from seed within 1-2 years.
The clippings/trunks can produce new growth within a few weeks, given the time of year, and produce seeds within the first year.
Seed pods can be eaten while young and soft, prepared similar to asparagus. Steamed or added to soups and salads as a nutritional additive.
Dried seeds can produce oil, pressed and filtered, this oil can be used in many ways. Most notable for high Vitamin C content, moringa seed oil can be applied to the skin, hair and nails for improving tones and moisturization. Regrow hair, reduce swelling from arthritis and rub on temples to relieve headaches.
Directions for Use and Care
Provide optimal care to moringa oleifera plants for a successful landscaping experience; well-maintained plants have a greater chance for avoiding and overcoming the occasional pest and disease issue when compared with unhealthy plants.
Plant moringa oleifera in areas of the landscape that offer full sun to partial shade. Prepare the soil by digging through the general location with garden fork, adding plenty of peat, compost or any well-rotted organics to top up the soil with nutrients.
Place potted moringa trees on a mound of composted soil (in Florida). Then, cover with an oak. Water soon after.
For windy areas, tie the tree to a stake to give it support.
Once established, moringa trees are drought-tolerant, but for quality leaves, you will need to water on a regular basis. Moringa trees have a shallow root system, so avoid cultivating (digging) around the roots.
Moringa trees are temperate-feeders (plants that need minimal fertiliser), seeing as they are fast growing, but they only need a light dose of general garden fertiliser or citrus fertiliser in early spring and again in late summer.
Mulching around the tree in autumn will help retain soil moisture.
Remember to leave a gap around the tree trunk as if mulch touches the tree it could cause it to rot.
Pruning is essential maintenance for a moringa tree, encouraging new growth. As new shoots form on the current season’s growth, pruning will help to keep the tree productive. If you have planted a moringa hedge, they do respond to trimming. Always uses sharp shears to prune as this will ensure the cut is clean and reduce the chance of disease.
Maintain loamy, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH. Irrigate only during periods of drought as natural rainfall typically offers sufficient moisture.
Improve soil conditions with compost, minimal to no manure.
Pollination and seeding moringa trees will produce a white flower in November/December. Birds pollinate the flowers as they eat the petals. Bees and butterflies can also be pollinators. Unless the tree is self fertile, two or more trees should be planted together for cross-pollination. Moringa seed pods mature in late winter/early spring.
Moringa can be grown in a wide variety of ways.
Commercial moringa farms plant moringa trees 7' apart.
Residential moringa growers are known for planting trees close together for an edible food hedge 'fedge' effect. Plant moringa trees 1' apart for a live food hedge.
make use of the moringa trees as a wind break.
Plant moringa trees in a dry-troublesome area of your yard or garden to enrich the soil and provide shade to extend the growng season of many ground covers and understory garden crops.
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