Steps to Planting a Moringa Tree
Hello, friends, it has been a while since I wrote about planting a tree. In this article, we will be looking at planting a moringa tree and how to care for it. The moringa tree is very popular here where I live in the Bahamas and is widely used for its health benefits.
I first learned about this plant a few years ago because of how excited the natives were in talking about it. In my upcoming article, we will be looking at the health benefits of the moringa plant, however, in this article as stated earlier we will be looking at how to plant and care for the moringa tree.
Planting a moringa tree from seeds
You can if you prefer, plant your Moringa tree from seeds. When planting from seeds it is good to plant seeds in trays that can be purchased from your garden center or plant nursery. The potting medium should be good garden soil, also add sand to this mixture. When planting seeds in seed trays, try not to press seeds too deeply into the soil, water thoroughly, and keep seed trays in a warm area to ensure seed germination.
Check periodontally and don’t allow the soil to dry out completely. After seeds germinate wait until the plant reaches about a foot or two and then transplant in an area that gets about 5-6hours of sunlight a day. Keep soil somewhat dry because the moringa plant does not do well when over watered. Moringa tree can grow over 2o feet tall so give moringa tree plenty room to grow.
You can also fertilize your tree at this time with a good organic fertilizer. Make sure and follow as directed because the label is the law. I prefer to use organic instead of a chemical-based fertilizer to ensure that my moringa tree remains chemical-free. To learn more about organic gardening you can follow this link.
Pest problems of the Moringa tree
Moringa is resistant to most pests but keep a watchful eye for spider mites and a few other pests that may decide to pay a visit. To learn more about garden pests follow this link garden pest and pest control.
Also, an organic insecticide is best because of the moringa being used for health purposes.
Planting a moringa tree
Planting a moringa tree that is 3 feet or taller requires the same as the above mention, the only difference is that the planting hole should be twice the size of the root ball, for example. If the root ball is 2 feet in width the planting hole should be 4 feet in width to not allow only for the comfortable placing of the plant but using this method would give the roots room to spread which in turn will cause your plant to establish more quickly.
Only the root ball should be below the ground, the base of the plant that is attached to the plant root ball should be above ground because if you plant your tree too deeply your plant will begin to suffocate and be depleted of nutrients.
Make sure and add a good organic-rich base soil to the planting hole and firm soil gently around the plant, this will go a long way in the overall health of your moringa tree. For more on the moringa follow this link. Health benefits moringa tree.
The final word
The moringa tree is a great plant to add to your garden and landscape area because of the many benefits that it has so let’s get started. You will be glad that you did.