In the Garden…growing moringa

SchneiderPeeps: Growing MoringaLast week I became the proud owner of 4 moringa trees.  Until just recently I had never heard of moringa but after doing some research I was super excited when Karen from Blue Yonder Urban Farm offered to send me some seedlings to review.

So, what’s so amazing about moringa?

How’s this for starters?  Moringa leaves have 2 times the protein as yogurt, 7 times the vitamin C as oranges, 3 times the potassium as bananas, 4 times the Vitamin A as carrots and 4 times the calcium as milk.  Moringa leaves also contain vitamins B1, B2, and B3, as well as chromium, copper, fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc.  You can also eat the flowers and the seed pods

But that’s not all, according to WebMD, moringa is used to help with  anemia, arthritis and joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, ulcers, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure,  kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders and bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections.  It can be used topically for wound care.  And it’s being used in cancer research.

Moringa also has complete amino acids which makes it an excellent choice for vegans to round out their diet.

It can be used in livestock fodder and animals love it.  So you might want to protect it from rabbits, chickens, etc. while it’s growing.

And probably the coolest thing is that the crushed seeds can be used for water purification.

Of course, you can buy moringa leaves and powders for anywhere from $14-$25 a pound.  But why, when you can just grow your own.

Moringa Trees shipped from Blue Yonder Urban FarmsThe moringa tree seedlings were shipped in a priority box and insulated.  I was highly impressed with how they were shipped.  The trees arrived 3 days after being shipped.  We were super busy and I wasn’t able to plant them for a few days.  So this picture was taken almost a week after the trees were shipped.  They look good, right?

Planting Moringa TreesIt’s always handy to have a teenage boy around to dig holes for you.  We have clay soil in this part of our property so it was quite a job.  We mixed in some compost when we filled the holes back in.

Moringa Tree SeedlingsWe decided to plant them on the south side of our barn.  We don’t get super cold here (zone 9) but I don’t want to take any chances.  We probably could/should have planted them a little farther away from the barn but I didn’t have the heart to tell that to Gabriel after he dug all the holes.

Here are some things I’ve learned about growing moringa…

  • Moringa likes warmth so in the US it will grow best in zones 9 and up.  If you live in a colder climate, you can still grow it, it just needs to be in a pot so you can bring it inside.
  • Will grow in almost any soil but really likes well drained soil.
  • It can grow 15-20 feet in one season, so plant it where you want it.
  • Water regularly the first few months then just water when it seems like it needs it.  Moringa is very drought resistant – which is good for me.
  • Moringa will flower when there’s adequate water, so if it rains a lot where you live, it will flower a lot. If it doesn’t rain much, you can force it to flower by watering.

Pest Problems:

  • Moringa doesn’t appear to have many pests in the US.
  • If the roots are continually we they can develop root rot, so make sure you plant in well drained soil

Harvesting and Preserving:

  • You can harvest the young leaves and eat like spinach
  • The older leaves can also be dried out and used to make a teas.
  • The pods can be harvested when they are young and snap like green snap beans.
  • The mature seeds can be dried out stored to plant later or to crush to use for water purification.

If you’re interested in growing your own moringa, you can purchase seeds and seedlings from Blue Yonder Urban Farms.

Karen has very graciously offered 4 seedlings to give away to one of my readers.  The giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only and will end Monday, April 14th at 11:59pm.   The giveaway is over and the winner is Melody G.  Congratulations!

But you can still purchase your seeds or trees by clicking here.

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Comments

  1. Nora says

    Thanks for sharing all this lovely information on this Moringa…very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win this.

  2. Danielle says

    Such a interesting giveaway-very awesome!! This tree is new to me!Sounds great, thank you for the opportunity!!

  3. Danielle says

    Thank You for a unique giveaway!! The Moringa is new to me, would be quite the experience to grow it!!

  4. Sarah auzina says

    Thank you for the information and hosting the giveaway! I’ve never heard of moringa, but I’d love to give it a try to amp up the nutritional profile of our meals!

  5. Claudette says

    Thank you for the giveaway! It’s wonderful that it can do so much. Can’t wait to research all its healing properties.

  6. says

    Wow what a GREAT giveaway!! I am excited because of it’s sustainability, how and what it can be used for… I too have never heard of it and I am thankful you shared the knowledge!! Blessings lovely lady!,

  7. Tracy Spangler says

    Other than learning about other farmers, growing unique plants and making things from scratch in my state, I am exited by the wealth of nutrition one can get by eating any or all part or this tree. Since Blue Yonder Urban Farms are in the same planting zone that I’m in it’s means I could actually grow Moringa Trees here on my small farm, which in very hard to do in our hot desert climate! Thank you so much for posting about this fascinating tree and farmers!

  8. Tanya says

    I take a supplement with Moringa in it. I would love to grow it myself!! Glad to hear that others are too!!

  9. Tanya says

    I take a supplement with Moringa in it! I would love to grow this myself and so glad to hear that others are too!! Thanks for the information!

  10. Marlo Tucker says

    Loved the article. My daughter is anemic so I’m going to get some for her. I’m want to plant some as well. Thanks.

  11. Sheryl says

    Intrigued with this universal plant. Eating the leaves gives you so many vitamins that we need. Really need this plant since it helps with anemia (mine is due to meds), Also to be able to use the seeds to purify water. Thanks for bringing Moringa to my attention.

  12. Mary F. says

    I have been trying to find seeds or plantings. I understand that they make a great
    natural fence if properly trimmed. Nutritious and functional.

    • Angi Schneider says

      Blue Yonder Urban Farms also sells the seeds. That may be the way to go to make a fence. That’s a really great idea by the way.

  13. says

    Great information! I’m vegan, so I’m always looking for new sources of protein to replace meat/dairy. I was surprised to read that this plant offers 2 times the protein as yogurt. Can’t wait to grow some!

    • Angi Schneider says

      It’s really amazing. And the protein is complete protein which is very uncommon in the plant world. Karen from Blue Yonder Urban Farms is also a vegan and she’s seen some interesting results after adding this to her diet.

  14. Rust says

    I’ve battled anemia for a while and am interested in moringa to counter that and also for other health benefits. Thanks for the introduction! Even though I am way N of zone 9 I am going to give it a shot. :)

  15. GRACE WORTH says

    I have been hearing all sorts of wonderful things about this plant. I think it would be interesting to grow and see how it does and be able to share with my friends.

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