How To Grow Moringa At Home!
How To Grow Moringa At Home!
Written by: Kat Gal
Moringa, moringa. What a beautiful name. And what a powerful superfood.
Moringa is an extraordinary superfood that has been used as traditional medicine by certain cultures.
Did you know that moringa doesn’t have to come from a faraway country? You can even grow it in your backyard! Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
What is moringa? What are the benefits? How do you grow it? How can you use it? How do you get your hands on it besides growing it yourself? Keep reading to find out.
What Is Moringa?
Moringa is a tree, also called the Tree of Life or the drumstick tree, which grows in tropical, subtropical and semi-arid climates. It is native to parts of Asia and Africa. Each part of the moringa tree – its leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, bark, roots, and seeds – can be used for various purposes, for example, its leaves and seeds can be cooked or used as extracts.
Benefits Of Moringa:
Did You Know That You Can Grow Moringa Too? Here Is How:
Step 1: How To Germinate Your Moringa Seeds
- Soak your seeds in water for 24 hours, then remove and pat dry them.
- Put your seeds into a plastic bag. Store them in a warm and dark place and leave them there for 3-14 days.
- Keep checking your seeds daily to see if they have broken their shells yet and if you notice any shoots. There will be two shoots: one contains the first leaves, the other one the roots. If the shoots grow too long they can become too fragile, so make sure they don’t grow too long.
- When it comes to planting, make sure to place the root end of the germinated seeds into the soil with the leaf pointing towards the sun.
Step 2: Start Growing Your Moringa Seeds In A Pot
- Once the seeds are germinated, they are ready to be planted. If you live in a cold climate, start growing your seeds in a pot indoors or in a greenhouse. This is recommended for the first 2 months even if you live in a warm climate.
- Your pot should be at least 18 inches deep. Your soil should contain 5-10 percent sand and at least 5 percent compost or other organic matter.
- When planting, put the moringa seeds ¾ inch deep.
- Make sure your pot receives consistent heat and is direct to the sun. Do not over-water, but always maintain a moist soil.
Step 3: Transport Your Moringa Outdoors
- The ideal temperature for moringa is between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Under 40 degrees, your plant won’t survive. If you live in a warm climate, after a few months, you can transport your moringa plant outdoors.
- Ideally, you want your soil to be 6.3 to 7.0 on the pH range, well-drained sandy or loamy. However, moringa is able to tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, so you may have success under less than ideal conditions as well.
- First, loosen the soil to a foot and a half and mix in compost or aged manure.
- Loosen the soil in your potted moringa plant with a knife.
- Gently shake out your plant and replant it in your garden. If you are planting several plants, keep them 7-10 feet apart.
- Make sure your plants have a good supply of water. To help the process, use liquid kelp emulsion, compost tea, worm tea or living compost as well.
Step 4: Pruning And Keeping Up With Moringa Growth
- Your moringa trees will flower and fruit annually. In some regions, they can even flower and fruit twice a year.
- Moringa trees grow tall, up to 15 feet the first year and up to 40 feet within the next few years after with a foot diameter trunk.
- With a tree like this, effective pruning is important. Don’t be afraid to cut back, according to experts, your tree actually produces better the more you cut back. If you don’t prune them and just let them go wild, you will end up with a huge tree with sparse flowers and little fruit mostly at the very top only.
- You can start pruning when your young moringa tree reaches 2 feet by trimming 4 inches from the top at the terminal growing tip. In about a week, you will see secondary branches growing at those spots. Once these new branches reach about 8 inches, trim down about 4 of them. This will create tertiary branches. Continue the trimming process in the same manner. In the early months before flowering, pruning should be done four times.
- It is a recommended idea to cut back your trees every 4-5 years by 3 feet. It will help the regrowth of a stronger and harder tree with more fruits.
Step 5: Ready For Harvest!
- Harvesting is the best part! If your conditions are favorable, you can expect 400 to 600 pods in the first few years with around 1,600 pods a year with more mature moringa.
- Harvest your moringa pods when they are young and less than half an inch in diameter. The exception is the pods you want to use for oil extraction. Leave those on the tree until they dry out and turn brown.
- You can also harvest seedlings, growing tips and young leaves. You can even harvest moringa stems as they make excellent compost material.
Don’t Want To Grow Moringa? Organifi Your Life Instead!
Whether or not you want to grow your own moringa, there are alternative ways to get your hands on it and enjoy the benefits.
- Moringa leaves: You can find them at farmer’s markets and use them in salads, teas and cooked dishes.
- Moringa pods: They look like fat green beans and can be eaten in a similar way or made into moringa oil.
- Moringa oil: You can get it online and at health food stores. For best results, get cold-pressed 100% pure moringa oil.
- Moringa leaf capsules: Get them at health food stores and online and take them with a glass of water. Always buy certified organic.
- Moringa leaf powder: These can also be found at health food stores and online. They are delicious in smoothies, shakes, green juices, soups and raw desserts.
- Superfood powders: Some superfood powders include moringa in their mix along with other superfoods. They are great in smoothies, juices and all kinds of recipes. Organifi Green Juice is the most delicious and the highest-quality, I love it and drink it every day. You can order it at the Organifi Shop.
Try Organifi With Moringa
One of the quickest, easiest, smartest and most cost-effective ways to take moringa is within a superfood complex like Organifi.
One of the main ingredients of Organifi Green Juice is moringa, but it’s also powered by other potent superfoods, including spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, matcha green tea, ashwagandha and more.
Organifi Green Juice can effectively detoxify your body, boost your immune system, hydrate and revitalize your cells, fight inflammation, naturally balance your hormones, support your mental clarity and relieve stress. Just mix a scoop with a glass of water and you are ready to conquer the world! You can add it to green juices, smoothies, shakes, dips, sauces, dressings, baked goods, raw foods and cooked recipes.
Have you ever tried moringa? How did you like it? What benefits have you experienced since drinking Organifi? Share your experiences in the comments below. We want to hear your story and support your journey.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a full-time freelance health & wellness writer, content creator, and also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach.
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