Whether you want to move moringa seedlings out to the garden, or if you need to learn how to transplant moringa trees, I’ve got you! The best thing about moringa is that it can be grown in containers, raised beds, or even in an in-ground garden bed.
After you’ve planted trees, sometimes you wish that you would have planted them elsewhere. That’s why I want to talk about how to transplant moringa trees today so that you can feel a little better about doing so if you need to. Moringa grows really fast and typically loves the sun.
How To Transplant The Moringa Tree
Tips for digging out moringa trees for transplanting: When you want to move trees that are already established it’s a good idea to give them a good watering every day until the move. Wet soil is typically easier to dig.
For seedlings: Typically when transplanting any seedlings you’ll want the soil to be fairly dry. If you transplant them when they are wet you may get soil that falls apart in chunks, as the weight of the soil falls back to earth where it is lead by gravity.
Best Time To Transplant Moringa Trees and Seedlings
It’s almost April here and I’m planning winter gardening activities! The best time of year to transplant the moringa tree or any tree, bush, or shrub is typically when the temperature outside is below 40ºF or less. During this time, plants usually stop making new leaves and are in more of a dormant state.
When transplanting moringa seedlings is best typically in the summer when the outdoor temperatures stay around 75ºF and above (even at night). Before transplanting any seedling you want to make sure you harden them off.
For seedlings that have lived inside their short little life, the sun can be a very powerful thing. The plant needs time to get acclimated to the harshness of the sun.
We harden off plants by slowly introducing them to the outdoors. You can read more about hardening off seeds at The Rosevine Cottage Girls website.
Transplanting Moringa Trees Out Of Season
So, if you transplant in late fall-early winter your tree should not come back to life until the following summer…This is because it will send the moringa tree into shock…The leaves will wither and die.
Even if you transplant a tree that’s full of leaves it most likely won’t stay that way…So usually it’s best to go ahead and harvest the leaves and prune while you’re at it.
Best Time To Grow Moringa
The best time of year to grow moringa is typically during the summer when the temperature is 75ºF or above even during the nighttime. Moringa not only needs light and water but also some warmth to get those new leaves growing.
I suggest starting moringa seeds in small to medium-sized pots filled with loose organic soil with a little bit of coconut coir mixed in. Then, after they have reached about 8″ I transfer them outdoors. You can also sew these right into the ground. For more growing tips check out How to Grow Moringa.
Moringa Grows Like Crazy!
When the hot summer temps hit, your moringa will start to grow like crazy in the right environment. Mrs. Karen a friend of mine wrote some posts on moringa, she even guest posted one for me on How to Grow Moringa. She always taught me that many people sharing how to grow moringa would say that it doesn’t need much water.
However, growing moringa in the desert of Arizona, she learned that’s just not true…I find this issue to be true…not only while growing moringa but with many other plant life…when growing in the Florida sun. I don’t think many growers up north understand that the soil drys out quickly in these super hot temperatures.
I assume those living in the north, don’t have to water quite as much as we do in the desert or in the subtropics. So if you live in the north and you already grow many plants, you have a good idea of how much water plants need. If you are not skilled in this area, you can learn from other gardeners in your area or by living and learning…
They also say that moringa doesn’t need fertilizer either. Here’s what Mrs. Karen suggested that I do, and now I pass it on to you…Moringa does better when generously watered and given a dose of fertilizer…She said she would cover the moringa beds with a layer of rotted manure once a year…Plus, she would water daily during the warmest months of the year or every other day depending on the heat.
Obviously, if you get a pretty good rain…you won’t need to water them that day and maybe even the next…I love our rainy summers here in Florida!
The Many Reasons To Grow Moringa
Sometimes people grow moringa as trees to harvest seeds. They produce seed pods. However, if you live in a colder climate your moringa trees may never produce seed pods. The weather needs to be hot in order for the tree to create the seeds.
However, that’s not the only reason to grow moringa! Some people grow moringa for its leaves alone…Growing moringa as a shrub or in an intensive bed is the best way to grow for leaf harvesting. When growing moringa for its leaves, you can cut and regrow a couple of times in one growing season depending on your climate. It’s important to keep the height manageable for leaf harvesting.
How To Transplant Moringa Trees Instructions
- Several days before digging the trees…water them well every day.
- Dig the new hole first. Dig about 2-3′ around and deep.
- Dig the tree out by digging about 6 or more inches from the base of the tree. Dig straight down so you don’t cut all the roots.
- Carefully dig around the roots, since they grow out and not down typically. Preserve as many roots as possible.
- Place the tree in the new hole and cover it with soil.
- Lastly, keep all new transplants well-watered to promote root growth.
Transplanting Moringa Seedlings Instructions
- What I like to do when transplanting seedlings is to dig a hole the container will fit into. So go ahead and get your hole dug out.
- Start off with fairly dry soil. Not super dry, but moist like you watered it a day or two ago.
- Next, turn the plant upside down and pat firmly on the bottom of the container to release the roots and dirt.
- Then, gently hold the plant at the base, nearest the soil, and ease it out of the container.
- After that, gently place the plant in the hole and I like to throw in some compost to fill in the cracks with. This gives it a little boost of nutrients.
- Then, add some compost and mulch on top if you like.
- Next, give it a good soak.
What Is Moringa
Learn more about Moringa and its benefits! I wrote a post here on the benefits gained from using Moringa.
How To Grow Moringa
Would you like to learn more about growing Moringa? Check out another Moringa post about that here.
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