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Moringa

Moringa oleifera

Also known as

Tree Of Life, Benzolive Tree, Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

12m

Min

5m

Flowering

This plant has a mild fragrance

Moringa Overview

Moringa, known as a superfood, is a highly adaptable and wonderful tree species that can even tolerate a wide range of soil types and climates. It is mainly known for being completely edible from root to stem to leaves to flowers, as well as for its medicinal use. It is known to treat and cure up to 300 different diseases and illnesses, having a high level of multivitamins and minerals it is used to treat malnutrition & iron-dificiancy. Being very drought tolerant this tree is planted for its ability to reduce erosion and stabilize agroforestry.

Common problems with Moringa

Aphids, budworms (Noctuidae), and caterpillars, including the bark-eating caterpillar, the hairy caterpillar or the green leaf caterpillar. Powdery mildew affects the leaves of this species if kept in high humidity areas with low ventilation.

    How to harvest Moringa

    The yields vary widely, depending on season, variety, fertilization, and irrigation regimen. Harvest is done manually with knives, sickles, and stabs with hooks attached.

    How to propagate Moringa

    Seed

    Sow seeds at a depth of 2 cm and space trees 3 to 4 m apart. Sow them closer together if the leaves are going to be harvested more frequent. Takes up to 2 weeks to germinate.

    Cuttings

    Make 45 to 50 cm stem cuttings from hardwood that is one year old and are 10 cm thick. Dry the cuttings for a few days and store in the shade before planting in pots or in the ground with a good drainage. Let root for a month and transplant if need be.

    Special features of Moringa

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees and wasps.

    Drought resistant

    This plant requires very little water to grow & can grow in semi-arid places where it may be used to prevent further desertification.

    Pot plant

    This tree species can tolerate a small pot for a while, but needs a larger one for it to be able to grow to its full potential. Also used as forage for livestock.

    Other uses of Moringa

    Medicinal

    This highly medicinal plant is used to treat over 300 different illnesses and diseases around the world. The crushed seeds are also important water purifiers. Plant is also used to fight malnutrition.

    Edible

    The entire plant is edible, with the leaves, bark, flowers and seed pods being consumed. Leaves are boiled, young fruits are boiled, roots are peeled & seeds yield oil.

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