Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Give Moringa Tree Roots Room to Grow



Hi Folks,

I am transplanting my 5 young trees to new trash can containers. I have noticed over the past two years, that Moringa seedlings only grow well in large containers with depth. They seem to sense that they do not have enough room to grow when planted in small containers.


Moringa trees have a tap room that goes deep. If you keep them too long in a small container thay will cease to grow and begin to lose ground on their health. They don't grow well when their roots are confined.  A 20 gal container in the smallest after a certain point to keep them healthy. Even as babies it seems they grow faster in bigger containers. Planting them in the ground would be the best move except that here it gets to 10 degrees and lower. That would kill the trees. I must keep them in a movable containers for our harsh winters. So today the 5 young ones will go to bigger homes. Use two people when moving them. It is difficult once  they are 4 feet tall to move them into a bigger container without breaking them.  You must support the length of the tree while shaking it loose from its old home. 



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When your tree reaches 4 to 5 feet cut the top off. It will then branch out from the lower parts of the trunk. You want more leaves and branches within reach, not a tall tree where the leaves are out of reach. Use your leaves. If there are too many, dry the leaves so you have powder for winter. They are a food to use for health. 

If your tree is not growing as it should, it may be the container, the need for organic fertilizer, or not enough sun. Keep it wind protected as well.  Don't let it sit in soggy soil.   the lower picture is an example of the tree branching out from the root. There is a squash plant growing in this one as well. I don't suggest this. I was not sure if the tree had made it so wanted something started in the pot. That was a mistake, since the tree is alive and the container is not big enough for both. I have to try a squash transplant to hay bales today.



Talk to you later,
Kate, The herbladyisin 
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2 comments:

  1. Hi Kate,

    Love your Moringa trees! The garbage cans are a great idea. If you had to do it over again, what size pot would you plant the seeds into? Would you plant the seed straight into the garbage can? At what height would you transplant to a bigger container? Would you transplant it straight to the garbage can? What kind of tray do you use under the garbage can when they are indoors?

    Thanks Kate.

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