Moringa Tree

Moringa Tree

Grow Your Own Moringa Oleifera trees, one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Leaves are also highly nutritious for livestock eg. chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle etc. (10 Seeds)

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Grow Your Own Moringa Oleifera trees, one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Leaves are also highly nutritious for livestock eg. chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle etc.

 

Moringa is a rather small, slender tree but has deep roots. The tree does not thrive in very cold regions and the blooming period occurs during the summer months. The Moringa tree is however, a fast grower and you can harvest the Moringa tree’s leaves every couple of months. Seed pods are produced annually and, although the tree is small, it can produce hundreds or even thousands of seed pods annually.

 

Benefits of the Moringa Tree:

  • 3 times the Potassium in bananas.
  • 7 times the Vitamin-C as in oranges.
  • 25 times the Iron in spinach.
  • 4 times the Calcium in milk.
  • 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots.
  • 46 Antioxidants.
  • 36 Anti-Inflammatories.
  • Omegas 3, 6, and 9.
  • Vitamins: A (Alpha and Beta-Carotene), B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Folic Acid, Biotin and more. Minerals: Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc.
  • All 8 Essential Amino Acids: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine.
  • 10 Additional Amino Acids: Alanine, Arganine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine. Other Beneficial Nutrients: Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Cytokinins, Flavonoids, Omega (3, 6, 9) oils, Plant Sterols, Polyphenols, Lutein, Xanthins, Rutin, and more.

 

For centuries, the natives of northern India and many parts of Africa have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera. Its uses are as unique as the names it is known by, such as clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) and in East Africa it is called "mother's best friend”. Virtually every part of the tree can be used. Native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, it is now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. This tree, though little known in the Western world, is nutritional dynamite. There are literally hundreds of uses for this tree.

 

Seeds/Packet: (min. 10 Seeds)

 

Planting Instructions:

 

Plant in a sunny place. Sow seed approximately 2-3cm deep and tamp down gently. Use loose soil or mix soil with sand so that the area where the roots are growing have plenty of good drainage for the water to flow to and then away from the roots. Note: Moringa Tree roots do not like to sit in water as it causes root rot. Water the Moringa Tree regularly for the first two months. After that time period, rain water is usually sufficient. If the leaves start to droop then water manually. A lot of fertilizer isn’t necessary for this type of tree. It is well suited to hot or tropical climates and do very well in a natural, somewhat unattended growing method.

 

The Moringa Oleifera tree is a fast growing, drought resistant tree producing a tuberous taproot. In the wild it ranges in height from 5 to 12 metres with a straight trunk (10 - 30 cm thick) with corky whitish bark and an open, umbrella shaped crown.

 

When grown in orchards, the tree is normally cut back every year or two (ratooning) and allowed to regrow to encourage vigorous leaf and pod production and so that the pods and leaves remain within arms reach.

 

The Moringa Tree grows best in well drained sandy or loamy soil with a slightly acid pH of 6.2 to neutral 7.0. It can tolerate poor soil including coastal areas.

 

It is originally from sub tropical origin but when considering whether it will grow in your area or not; the most important consideration is that the tree can be killed by continuous frost and sub zero tempertatures. There are ways of minimising the effect of cold (eg. mulching) but there are no guarantees.

Never allow Water to sit around the roots. This could kill the tree. This is why the trees like sandy well drained soil. Pay particular attention to this if your soil has a high clay content. If you have clay soil then you could try to grow the trees on mounds.

 

When transplanting your saplings (if grown in bags) we suggest transplanting when the sapling is around 60cm tall and is bushy and strong. Only transplant your sapling when the average temperature warms up especially the evening temperatures.

 

The Moringa Tree enjoys full sun. Initially the seedling must be protected from strong winds. In very hot areas water them daily (just make absolutely sure that the roots are not water-logged - ie. the water must be able to drain away). If you decide to water it less just keep an eye on it; it will definitely tell you if it needs more water.

 

The Moringa tree will certainly benefit from the addition of compost from time to time.

 

The Moringa Tree grows best in Tropical and sub-tropical climates. However, it will probably grow almost anywhere so long as it is protected from frost and sub-zero temperatures. In colder climates we strongly suggest growing the Moringa Tree in a greenhouse.

 

In areas with light frost (but not sub-zero temperatures) a simple plastic box (eg. a wooden frame with a plastic cover) should protect it adequately. Since you will most likely prune the tree to a manageable size (pruning is actually essential) a box with a wooden frame (1.5 m X 1.5m X 1.5m) covered with transparent plastic is easy to construct.

 

The tree will still most likely lose it's leaves since the Moringa loses it's leaves when the average temperature drops below 21 degrees Celsius, but it will always resprout new leaves in Spring.

 

In areas where the Moringa is deciduous (ie. drops it's leaves in Winter) only water the tree every week or two (when it has no leaves) depending on the prevailing temperatures and air dryness.

 

The Moringa Tree is a very hardy tree and will generally only be killed when it freezes and/or is exposed to continuous frost. In colder climates make sure the tree is well-mulched to protect the root ball from the cold -- a well mulched tree can even survive a severe frost - the tree may even freeze down to the ground level but can survive and will grow new shoots from the ground in Spring.

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