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Moringa

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For sale is a live plant with established root system in a pot.
***Images of fruit or edible qualities are provided from our nursery's stock of producing plants to show the potential yield of of our fruiting & edible plants.

 

Moringa
Pot Size: 6" Pot
Age: 1-2 years old
Fruiting Age: same year planted
Minimum Height: 12"+
Propagation Method: Seeds from reliable stock

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Please note: due to the Moringa's sensitivity to shipping, we have started removing all branches and leaving only the new growth. Your plant will be just as healthy, with less shock in transit and will grow back quickly!

Outside of the true tropics, during winter months, Moringa will shed its leaves. Yellowing with spots may appear on the leaves as they enter a short dormancy until warm weather returns.

Plants are still shipped as they will return with vigor shortly. Don't over water or allow the soil to dry while waiting for spring! Enjoy :)

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Plants are staked with soil, sealed in a plastic wrapping to retain moisture during shipment. When you receive this plant, simply remove the plastic and check moisture in the soil. Water the plant once per day while in their container. Plants have also been fertilized for the season.

All of our plants are cared for with natural practices, without the use of synthetic chemicals. However, our nursery is considered a Plant Sanctuary. Some plants we sell are brought in from other nurseries who do not follow the same standards of quality that we do. Once a plant arrives at our nursery, they are cared for with organic and natural practices.

We hand select for each order from our stock of premium quality plants at A Natural Farm in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Quality in plant propagation is of upmost importance when seeking nutrition & medicinal value from edible plants!

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USDA Hardiness Zones: Moringa can be grown in the ground in Zones 9-11, possibly to zone 8 if pruned back during the winter. Use as a summer annual or container plant up to Zone 5

Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen in Tropical and SubTropical climates. Deciduous in Temparate Climates

Plant Type: Perennial

Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: Leaves, seed pods, roots and bark are all used for edible and herbal qualities. Leaves are eaten raw, cooked or dried in powder form. Seeds are pressed for the oil, ""Oil of Ben"", cooked and eaten like peas & also used to treat water as they contain natural antibiotic & antifugal compounds. 50-150 milligrams of ground moringa seed will treat one liter of water. Seed pods are enjoyable when young & tender. Roots of moringa are used in teas and as extracts for inflammation & joint related pain.

Full Size: Can easily reach 15'-20' in one season; very fast growing

Cold Tolerance: Dormant during winter months if freezing conditions present, Moringa grown in Central Florida will die back in winter and return in spring if trimmed back.

Light Requirements: Full sun to Partial

Drought Tolerance/Watering: Virtually drought resistant, will grow just about anywhere, making this plant suitable for curbing malnutrition in anybody's diet

Soil & Site Requirements: Will grow in degraded sandy soils and rich soils alike. Can also adapt to frost conditions and return in full force in the spring each year.

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Moringa oleifara; The Miracle Tree, Drumstick/Horseradish Tree
### RELIABLE STAPLE CROP, SUPERFOOD IN DEGRADED LANDSCAPES

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 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!

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!

Leaves are harvested and used raw & dried in soups, salads & teas for their high protein content & nutrition - more so than any store bought leafy green. Dried leaves are often powdered, kept in long term storage and sold as supplements in many health food stores. Young pods are used raw like a green bean and mature pods are typically fried. Flowers are utilized in relaxing tea blends and seeds are used for their oil and water purification properties.

In our natural farming systems, we grow these plants around production & fruit trees as companion plants. Moringa converts nutrients & water deep in the soil into biomass, which we prune to use as mulch and fertilizer at the base of fruit trees. The tree's quick growth rate allows us to do this process twice per year.

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*Planting Instructions*
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!

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We are currently unable to ship Live Plants to Ca, Az, HI, AL or internationally. Please view our Ginger & Turmeric Rhizomes for shipping to excluded states and internationally.

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