Growing Moringa

Growing Moringa

Moringa is a tropical tree although it can be growing cold climatic regions with careful monitoring. It can be best grown in a green house set up it can be planted in a large potting container and you can select a green house near your area to protect them during winter. You can bring the seedlings inside during winter. Heat emitting bulbs are necessary to provide them the heat you can put them outside when the temperature is about 70′ F. Straw and hay may be also used to keep the trunk of the trees covered from frost. You have to prune to the plant once it reaches a height of 6 meters. It is ideal to keep at 3-4 meter height. This will give more leaves and pods yield.

Moringa seed propagation

Moringa seeds have a wing like structure when the mature pods open they can spread easily through air. Propagation using tree cuttings is possible when the seeds are planted in same type of soil and same climate. Otherwise the propagation of moringa seeds take place in a farm easily when you set up a farm. Quality PKM1 Seeds are good choice as they can with stand cold climate better than moringa stenopetala. They yield quality leaves and pods rich nutrients.

Moringa seed quality

It is better to plan them about 3/4 to 1 inch dept and you have to make the soil around them to be loose. Water them thoroughly put them in a warm place with good light. It is necessary to water them until they sprout but use only little amount of water. The seeds have to be soaked so that they germinate fast. The soaked water to be used while planting them. Out of the many varieties moringa oleifera seems to handle cold weather better and you can buy moringa oleifera seeds to get trees with good yield within.

Properties of moringa seeds

Moringa loses its leaves when the average temperature drops below 70 degrees. Commercial Moringa plantations usually crop the trees so they don’t exceed 3-4 meters. Such a height allows the harvesters easy access and the cropping encourages horizontal growth enabling greater leaf production.

Humidity is another important factor you can use sprinklers or keep containers of water near the tree in the green house. It grows naturally in areas close to sea level. But growing the tree in high altitudes gives problems. Anyhow a heated greenhouse will be ideal in most areas to grow moringa.

Seed germination

Seed germination is good when they are soaked or kept in wet paper the seeds can grown in seedling bags and then transferred to the soil. At higher temperatures that is 20-30’c the germination rate is good and growth is robust. The seedlings have to be hardened if they are transplanted into cold climates before moving them out into the garden, you have to gradually introduce them to their new growing conditions. This is called hardening off and this is normally carried between 1 – 2 weeks. It gives the moringa seedlings a chance to adjust to sunlight, drying winds and climate changes. Hardened seedlings give high yield of tree produces.