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Moringa Trees for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

Moringa oleifera

Moringa trees, also known as Ben oil or drumstick trees, are fast growing, hardy, warm-climate trees. They require temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. However, if your area is prone to frosts or cold winter temperatures, you can grow a moringa tree in a container. Because it has an exceptionally long tap root, and this tree is not a beginner plant. Here are three reasons to grow a moringa tree:

  • Leaves, blooms, and the long bean-like seed pods are edible.
  • The leaves are a salad super-food filled with a variety  of vitamins and minerals.
  • They grow extremely fast, and do well even after pruning.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Occasionally survives with less than six hours of light per day but strongly prefers full sunlight.

Watering

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Begin watering daily, then curb watering to once per week once established.

Fertilizing

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Does not require much fertilizer. Consider fertilizing once per year when the plant is dormant with a nitrogen-rich formula.

Planting and Care

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by Jo Cosgrove | Ecological Gardener, Horticulturist, and Educator – last update on December 2, 2021

Planting instructions

Moringa trees grow best from seeds, but they can be grown from cuttings. To grow from seed outside, prepare a seedbed that drains well, and is in a sunny location. Moringa trees need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day and will tolerate more. Water the seedbed thoroughly, but make sure that the water drains away. After the initial planting, water near the seedling (but do not water it directly).

You can plant a cutting vertically or horizontally. The base of the cutting should be about as big around as a thumb. To plant vertically, cut a straight twig with several buds near the bottom end of it. Prepare a bed, as if you were going to plant a seed. Using a different stick, drill a narrow hole into the loose soil, then insert the cutting. To plant horizontally, prepare a long bed. Cut a limb piece that has several bud nodes on it. Place it in the prepared bed.

Moringa trees are not fond of being transplanted because they have an exceptionally long taproots. This taproot is one reason a moringa tree is resistant to drought. With this in mind, they will do best in a tall planter that has excellent drainage holes at the bottom. Water lightly, keeping the soil on the dry side especially after the seed has sprouted or the cutting has put up shoots. If the leaves begin to yellow, your moringa has probably been overwatered.

Watering and nutrients

Moringa trees do very well in arid locations such as Arizona. They require very little water and prefer a sunny space that is well-drained. When it comes to nutrients, they will do nicely on a vegetable compost applied as a top-dressing.

Pollination

It is a good idea to have several Moringa plants if you would like for them to produce seed. They are dichogamous, meaning that the stamens and pistils will mature at different times. Such trees do better if they are cross-pollinated with other trees. They are attractive to bees and similar pollinating insects. However, pollination is not essential if you are primarily growing them for the leaves.

Pruning

Moringa trees grow exceptionally fast and can handle heavy pruning. In fact, pruning your moringa tree back almost to a stump at the end of the growing season will encourage it to put out several branches. This will keep it bushy and short enough for easy harvesting.

Pests, diseases, and animals

The leaves of the moringa tree are spicy (like horseradish). This tanginess is appreciated adds a pleasant kick to blander foods, but insects and nibbling mammals tend to dislike it. This is good news if you want food for you and not for caterpillars or rabbits.

Harvesting

The leaves can be harvested at any time. They can be eaten in salads, run through a juicer, or dried to use in soups, stews, or even made into capsules to be consumed like vitamins. The buds and blossoms are also edible, although they need to be lightly cooked before eating. They are high in several varieties of flavonoids (some of which might act as an abortifacient and should not be eaten by those who are pregnant).

When they snap crisply, the long pods can be eaten like a green bean.. They are usually added to soups, stews, or curries. Although most parts of the Moringa tree are edible, you should not eat the bark or the root as they can paralyze the nervous system and even cause death.

FAQs

When is the best time to plant a Moringa tree?

Moringa trees love warm weather, so late spring or early summer are ideal planting times for outdoors.

Do Moringa trees have medicinal applications?

There are more than 300 Ayurvedic applications for various parts of the Moringa tree. Some believe there is a possibility that it might be useful in curing or preventing cancer. Various parts are used in folk medicine.

Is there any place where you should not plant a Moringa tree?

The moringa tree is classified as an invasive species in Florida. Even though the damp conditions in that state are not ideal for Moringa trees, they grow rapidly and can crowd out native species.

Can you eat the seeds of the Moringa?

Moringa seeds can be lightly fried and will sometimes pop like popcorn. However, unlike popcorn, they can have the same effects as a laxative, so eat only a few at a time.

Where do Moringa trees come from?

Moringa trees originate in India, but have spread to many tropical areas.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer July 12, 2021 at 7:06pm
ratingMoringa tree

Love it. The top was broken off but the tree has started putting out leaves. I'm very happy with it can't wait to see it get bigger

Anonymous
Verified Buyer July 30, 2020 at 7:13pm
ratingThe Moringa Tree is Great!

The tree goes through an adjustment and the leaves fall off, but it grows quickly and recovers.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 27, 2020 at 9:22pm
ratingMoringa Trees

I had to reorder because my first mooring tree attempt did not survive. Hoping to have better news with my recent order. It arrived looking health.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 20, 2020 at 4:23pm
ratingLove this vendor and product

Very nice tree, very nicely packaged. Arrived stressed due to travel with leaf clusters dried. Both other items ordered definitely thirsty but green and in great shape. Watered all after unpacking. Even though kept in a temperate garage with less than direct sunlight for the first week, all look well. Moringa has numerous shoots of new growth all over its' trunk so I'm extremely pleased. Definitely noticed signs of new growth within the first week of having it. First day out in full sun, top shoot grew 4 to 5 inches. Wow! Extremely pleased with this vendor and will order again.

  • fast-grow
    Fast Growing
Mature height
25-35 ft.
Mature width
15-25 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Moringa oleifera
Shipping exclusions
AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to -10°F)
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