Monday, February 09, 2015

My Moringa got away

Moringa is a beautiful tree but mine is out of control. I didn't realize how fast they grow and kinda fell asleep while it shot up. I did cut it off once but from ladder height so it was already to big. The idea of keeping them small is for harvesting leaves and seed pods. This one is flowering the second time so have a few babies around the yard but have not seen the seed pods (called drum sticks). I'm afraid I'm gonna have to cut this down and start over. You can see in the video what I should have been doing all along.

Beautiful flowers

About 5 meters when it should be one-two



Moringa grows very quickly and so must be pruned aggressively in the first year to encourage lateral growth and increased production, as well as ease of harvesting.pruning-moringa

When tree reaches a height of 1 meter (3.25 ft) cut to height of .5 meter (20 in.).
When tree reaches a height of 1.5 meters (5 ft) cut to height of 1 meter (3.25 ft).
When tree reaches a height of 2 meters (6.5 ft) cut to height of 1.5 meter (5 ft).
When tree reaches a height of 2.5 (8 ft) meters cut to height of 2 meters (6.5 ft).

Flowers will appear after 9 months.

Seed pods will mature at around 12 months.

When harvesting leaves or seed pods prune trees to height of 2 meters (6.5 ft).

Growth and Use of Moringa

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