Updated: Mar 31
Moringa is becoming a savior in the plant world that is not only used for its high edible qualities like amino acids, minerals & as a multivitamin complex, but also for its soil bioremediation and regeneration benefits in permaculture design.
As a resilient & hardy pioneer plant, Moringa is a highly valued plant used in subtropical & tropical Agroforestry and Permaculture designs for famine inflicted & food desert regions.
With versatility in its edible qualities and useful properties, it is planted densely for human food, fodder and as a cash crop. Awesome growth in just one season provides nutrition to whole communities quickly and effortlessly.
Moringa is a fast growing crop and can be harvested from at nearly any age. Take only a few stalks of leaves from young trees - leave enough leaves for photosynthesis! Have as much as you can eat once established!
Nearly any soil type will do for Moringa - even the most degraded soils. While sandy loam or loam soil is preferred for rapid growth, clay soils can be decompacted with its hardy taproot and loose sandy soils are held together with dense plantings.
Moringa will grow just about anywhere where there are no hard freezes. To get through frost conditions in its more northern growing zones, prune the branches back to a single trunk a few feet above the ground. Use prunings as mulch under fruit trees or mix in compost piles for natural, home grown fertilizer.
Plant in full sun for heavier pod set and fast growth rates. Of course, with full fun conditions there is a need for a regular watering schedule during the plant’s establishment. Watering 3-4 times a week for the first month, with reduction in watering in subsequent months, will ensure a smooth transition from pot to landscape. Moringa will rarely, if ever, need watering after it is established in the landscape.
While Moringa is able to thrive with little nutrition and in tough climatic conditions, it can be cared for like a fruit tree to receive maximum yields: mulch around the drip line, topdress with compost, vermicpompost & organic matter regularly, use organic fertilizer high in nitrogen 2-3 times per year, garden with companion plants of cover crops, flowering plants and herbs!
Transitioning container grown Moringa Trees into larger pots as they age, encourages new growth and higher fruit sets. Grow in the office or home for a unique conversation starter! Moringa leaves can be snacked on and added to any salad straight from the tree!