Learn to Grow
Moringa is an ideal plant to grow indoors or — depending on where you live — in your own backyard. In fact, in the Philippines growing Moringa in backyards is exactly what they do. And why not, fresh Moringa leaves make a delicious fresh salad. The leaves are great for tea, as well as a variety of chicken, meat and veggie dishes. If you have enough leaf, you can dry it and make it into moringa powder — like we do — and use it‘s concentrated nutrition to balance your diet for increased energy and sense of well being. The possibilities are endless.
For those of you that live in the United States, particularly the southern and western states, you are in luck and can grow Moringa outside. Moringa doesn’t like the cold and loses it leaves in the winter. For those of you that have a true winter, where it freezes and snows, we recommend that you plant Moringa in pots, keeping them outside in the spring and summer and bring them inside when it gets cold. A greenhouse is ideal in most areas. The plant will die if it freezes completely but it can withstand a mild frost nonetheless. Moringa loses its leaves when the average temperature drops below 70 degrees.
Commercial Moringa plantations usually crop the trees so they don’t exceed 3-4 meters. Such a height allows the harvesters reasonable access and the cropping encourages horizontal growth enabling greater leaf production. If you are interested in commercial growing, contact us for help.
There are many reasons to grow even a single tree.
Gram for gram, Moringa can account for three times the potassium you would find in a banana, four times the vitamin A found in a carrot, and seven times the vitamin C found in an orange. Moringa is also rich in minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids, phytochemicals, vegetable proteins, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and carbohydrates.
The nutritional profile, as well as the bioavailability rate, of Moringa allows for quick absorption by your body. As a bonus, research shows, its purity—nutrients excel over man-made vitamins and minerals.
Beyond its nutritional benefits for humans, it is also beneficial to animals and other plants. Cattle’s weight gain increased up to 32 percent and milk production by 43-62 percent. When used to stimulate plant growth, leaf production increased 20-35 percent — proving Moringa to be very valuable for meeting developing countries nutritional needs.
Where to Plant
Direct exposure to sunlight, warmth and water with loamy soil is crucial for this fast-growing miracle tree.
Moringa will lose its leaves in the winter if exposed to weather under 70 degrees for too long, so areas of the United Sates that experience true winters — where snow or freezing occurs — will not be able to grow Moringa outdoors.
Those in the Southern and Western states should see fine success in growing Moringa outdoors.
Moringa Farms has successfully helped communities in California build Moringa community gardens, so with the right care and attention California makes a suitable home for Moringa, as well.
Summer, June thru August, is when the Philippines cultivate most of its Moringa. Though, it can be grown year-round, in any tropical, sub-tropical, temperate or equatorial climate.
During the winter, except in tropical climates, Moringa will go dormant or, depending on how cold it gets, die unless otherwise kept warm. When the Moringa goes dormant the leaves fall off and branches shrivel.
Freezing weather will kill the tree, and even in an equatorial climate, 25 percent of the crop could be lost if temperatures are consistently low.
Once spring has returned with sun and heat, the Moringa Tree will soon follow.