How To Grow Moringa | How To Plant And Care For Moringa

How To Grow Moringa | How To Plant And Care For Moringa

How to plant & care for moringa
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What Is Moringa?

Moringa is a tree that’s grown for food, it’s said to *prevent malnutrition and starvation* in some of the most impoverished places on the earth. It has only recently become known here in the United States, and because of its wonderful nutritional benefits, it has taken on the title of a superfood. Before we learn how to grow moringa, let’s learn a little more about it.

13 Moringa Species

There are 13 Moringa species in the family of Moringaceae throughout the earth, that we know of. They include; Moringa Arborea, Moringa borziana, Moringa concanensis, Moringa drouhardii, Moringa hildebrandtii, Moringa longituba, Moringa oleifera, Moringa ovalifolia, Moringa peregrina, Moringa pygmaea, Moringa rivae, Moringa ruspoliana and Moringa stenopetala.

Most Widely Cultivated

Of these 13, Moringa oleifera is the most common, widely known, and easiest to find and is the species of Moringa that I grow and know about.

The Many Common Names Of Moringa

Moringa is known by many different names, in English Moringa is known as… Drumstick Tree, Miracle Tree, Ben Oil Tree, Horseradish Tree, and Never Die Tree.

In the Philippines Moringa is called, Malunggay, Marungay, or Kamunggay depending on the language you speak. In China, it’s called either La mu or Lat mok.

Moringa has over 100 different names depending on what part of the country you live in, and the language you speak. Some of these names are; Dandalun, Munagachettu, Mushinga, Saragvo, Marango, and Noorggaee to mention just a few.

Where Does Moringa Come From

Moringa is native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India and is cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics in places such as; Mexico, Central America, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Venezuela, Africa, and the Philippines.

Benefits Of Moringa

New foods in the diet can sometimes interact with medicines or other items in your diet. Speak with your physician before consuming moringa.

Moringa is one of the few plans that contain all the essential amino acids, forming a complete protein that you would normally only get from animal foods.

Moringa is very high in many vitamins and minerals, when compared to other foods that are known for a certain vitamin or mineral, Moringa usually surpasses them. For example, Moringa is said to have 7 times the vitamin C as Oranges, 4 times the vitamin A as Carrots, and twice the protein as Yogurt.

All parts of the Moringa tree are edible, the leaves and seeds for food, and the roots and bark for medicine. The seeds are very oily and contain an oil similar to Olive Oil.

How I Use Moringa

I should say how my husband uses Moringa, he uses it every day. He uses the dried leaves to make tea and the ground dry leaves in his oatmeal. Moringa can be eaten dry or fresh. The leaves can be frozen, fresh, or dehydrated to store on shelves.

Where to Buy Your First Seeds

When you’re first starting out it’s important to get a set of good quality seeds. Moringa seeds can be fairly inexpensive to buy. However, not all seeds are made equal.

How To Grow Moringa

Moringa is very easy to grow if you have the right growing conditions. Moringa loves hot dry climates, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they don’t need water, because they will die if they don’t get enough water or nutrients for the matter.

Much of the information online about growing Moringa says that they don’t need to be watered or fertilized, but I can tell you from experience that they do, they may not need as much as other growing things but they do need enough…

The more you water and food your Moringa has access to, the bigger and faster they’ll grow….

Moringa thrive in the 70-90 degree temperature range, but do ok with hotter and cooler but will die if the root freezes.

How To Grow Moringa In The Garden

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There are at least three ways that I know of to grow Moringa in the Garden, there are probably more, can you think of any?

  • As Trees
  • Intensively In Beds
  • In Landscape As Shrubs

How To Grow Moringa As Trees

How to grow moringa

When you grow Moringa as a tree, you let it get big, if given enough water and nutrients, Moringa can grow up to 15 feet in one season. Needless to say over time Moringa trees can grow very tall, making it hard to access the leaves and seed pods, when left on its own to grow. That is why it’s important to consider pruning them to a reasonable height and keeping them there throughout their lives, to make reaching leaves and seeds easier.

Growing Moringa Intensively In Beds

Many people in third world countries are being taught to grow one tree for seeds, and several intensive beds for leaves. Intensive beds are how I like to grow Moringa, I plant up to 50 seeds in a 4×8 bed and prune them back to one foot every time they grow out to 3 or 4 feet high. Growing in beds this way is great for growing Moringa leaves, but they will never produce seeds, because of the constant pruning. That is why many are being taught to grow one tree for seeds, and several beds for leaves…

How To Grow Moringa As Shrubs

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If you have limited growing space you can grow Moringa trees in your landscape as a shrub. All you have to do is plant the area you want your shrub to grow with lots of Moringa seeds and when they get to your desired height keep them pruned. The trick is to grow many Moringa trees in a small space and keep them pruned back.

How To Grow Moringa Indoors

If you live in a cold or cooler climate you may want to grow Moringa in a warm area indoors, in Pots or in a Greenhouse if you have one. So that you can regulate your Moringas growing temperature.

Moringa is a heat-loving tree and will go dormant when the weather turns cold, I have noticed that they don’t grow much when we get below 40 degrees here.

How To Grow Moringa In A Greenhouse

I don’t have much experience growing Moringa in a Greenhouse environment.

But I do have one piece of advice, don’t over water them, or they will rot and die. Moringa does not do well in overly wet conditions.

How To Grow Moringa In Pots

moringa roots

Many have grown Moringa in Pots, indoors and outdoors, the trick to growing Moringa in pots is to start with a very large pot, one that will give it lots of soil and opportunities to find nutrients…

When I first started growing Moringa I found articles that said that when you grow Moringa in pots use the biggest one you can find, 55 gallons was often suggested, the reason was Moringa likes to grow deep roots.

But after 3 years of growing Moringa, I have another reason, the roots will grow big, but only if they get lots of nutritious soil. When growing in pots the nutrients are limited by the size of the pot, a smaller pot has less soil and nutrients.

You could always feed your Moringa nutrients, and eventually, you’ll have to if you continue to grow your Moringa in a pot, no matter the size. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to feed your potted Moringa it’s a skill that I have failed to learn, and since they grow like weeds here in Arizona, it’s not worth the frustration trying to learn.

I just plant the seeds in the ground, water them, they source their own food and grow. It takes much of the guilt off of me since I would not be starving them to death in pots.

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10 thoughts on “How To Grow Moringa | How To Plant And Care For Moringa”

  1. I live in Melbourne, Australia and believe I have numerous moringa tress, but mine don’t grow drumsticks.
    Is it still a species of the moringa tree.
    If so can leaves still be used for medicinal purposes?

    1. How do you know that it’s moringa?

      Also, do you know what species it is??

      Positively identifying any plant used for medicine or for consumption is extremely important, since some plants are deadly!

      If you know what species it is, you should be able to research that in your internet browser.

      If you’re not 100% positive that it’s moringa, I would ask someone maybe at the local nursery. Maybe they would know. Especially, living in your area. They may know way more than this American girl what types of moringa grows in Australia and whether or not they can be used for medicinal purposes.

      You could possibly purchase moringa seeds, grow them, and then use them for medicinal purposes. That way you know what you are using! These trees grow super fast!

      It’s best if you know that you know…the identity of the plants you harvest. Harvesting the wrong one could result in harm. So be careful…

  2. Good day,
    I wonder how Moringa do at coastal areas where they might get strong winds with salty air.. How do they do in strong wind anyway..
    No typical question for somebody in Arizona..but maybe somebody knows out there..

  3. Hi, I would like to know where I might buy the moringa seeds so I can begin to grow one in my yard. Can you help me please?

  4. Wow I just received my seeds in the mail Thanks Amazon.

    I live in AZ I am an avid gardener year round here. I hope the plant does well for me, I plan on doing starts and giving them as gifts during the holidays

    1. YaY! That’s awesome! I love this gift idea. It’s like a superfood gift that keeps on giving!

      Remember that moringa thrives in the 70-90 Fº degree temperature range. So don’t grow them outside in the cold. Grow them in a greenhouse, or possible inside your home if it’s warm enough!

      Thanks for visiting, and good luck!

  5. am growing one moringa plant in a 5 gallon bucket, for the past 2 years in Grenada in the Caribbean. Whenever it gets to 5 feet, I cut it down a few inches and allow it to grow again. I do the same thing with 2 plants that I have growing in a 55 gallon drum that I cut in half. I have had no problems harvesting leaves from them. I grow them for leaves. I recently planted 3 seedlings in the ground, they are 2 feet tall. Will allow them to grow some before harvesting the leaves. I do notice that with the plant in the 5 gallon bucket the leaves sometimes turn yellow. I am thinking of trimming it down to 1 foot and allow it to grow again.
    Great information

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