Growing Moringa from seeds
There are several methods which you can grow Moringa from its seeds. You can soak Moringa seeds for few a week or as soon as the pod is dry and plant them right into the soil or in pots. Moringa tree came from northern India but due to their nourishing capabilities and speedy growing in temperate zones, its popularity has spread to the rest of the globe.
To put Moringa seeds in the ground
It is wise to plant the seeds appropriately where the tree is meant to grow. These measures should be followed carefully when planting Moringa seeds in the soil and they include :
Selecting an area with sandy and light soil. Steer clear of clay or moist soil
Verify that the hole which you intend to plant the seed is a foot (30 cm) deep and breadth. Tamp straight back the free soil (avoid filling the hole with compacted soil as they can prevent the seeds from sprouting well ). You can add manure to make the Moringa tree grow better even though they can also thrive well within their growth even in poor ground.
Plant three or four more seeds and confirm the space between them is about 5 cm
Water the seeds thoroughly and confirm that the place in which you’ve planted them has enough light and warm temperatures at the same time to keep the top soil moist. However, you should avoid to over saturating the soil as the seeds will drown
When the saplings become 4 to 6 inches tall, they can be healthy and more likely to endure. Remove those that neglect to reach this height and keep the saplings that reach these marks. Young saplings are more prone to termites and nematodes and they do not survive when affected.
Please note : for heavier soils, compensate by making a deeper hole of about 3 feet and wider diameter of around 90 cm and include manure and partially light sand
To plant Moringa oleifera seeds in plastic bags
It’s not always possible to plant Moringa seeds directly to the earth and when putting the seeds in plastic bags, use the following steps :
Add light dirt mixture to the bag.
Put 2 to three seeds in one plastic bag with a depth of 05 cm.
Water the seeds crops in the bag but prevent keeping them too moist to avoid them from getting drowned. The seeds will sprout within another fourteen days.
Remove the delicate seedlings and leave only one in each plastic bag
After 4 to 6 months, you can transplant the seedlings when they’re 2 to 3 feet tall.
Transplant them in watered holes and in the evening or late afternoon in order to avoid the scorching day time sunlight.
Water them lightly within the first few days.
The above procedures are very helpful in planting Moringa seeds and within its first year, the tree can grow to a height of three meters.