Sunday, August 19, 2012

How to Fertilize Moringa Trees in the House

Moringa trees need organic fertilizer to be healthy and happy. Raising them in the house as I do mine, is a challenge. I raise rabbits, goats, and chickens which gives me access to high quality fertilizer but we don't want our living room to smell like the barnyard....so what can you use on your indoor plants and trees?



At this point, I am using Pura Vida Organics Grow made in Canada.  It contains Seaweed Powder, Kelp, alfalfa, Molasses, Potassium Sulfate, Epsom Salts, Copper Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, and Zinc Sulfate. Epsom salts stimulates the root structure. Molasses feeds the good bacteria in the soil and chlorophyll formation in the leaves.

This product is also used in soil less and hydroponic setups. It was referred to me by a greenhouse supply store. It was very expensive but has lasted a few months already. It is produced by Technaflora.com. 
So far it seems to be good for the plants, does not burn when used properly, and does not make the living room smell stinky.

Worm Casting Tea:   This is great for your Moringa Trees as well as the castings. I have red worms in all my Moringa containers. They seem to thrive there and are good for the trees. They were the only red worms that survived the past winter. Since the trees are in the house to stay, they will survive the winter inside as the trees do.

So far, my trees located in this spot by the window have acceptable growth. Outside, they would have grown two to three more feet in height.  Saying that, several trees to begin with did not seem to grow so I pulled them, replaced them with more vigorous trees. When growing them in the wrong climate and altitude, some may fail to survive. It you grow enough of them, you will end up with some core trees .   I also have a number of them in our wash room where it gets very warm. 

Dealing with gnats and house fly's

You must put up fly strips because gnats are a problem. Apple cider vinegar works fine too. You place a small bowl of apple cider vinegar, not the white, it does not work, in the middle of your trees or plants. The smell attracts them and they die in the mixture.  

These trees are planted in 20 gal and 33 gal trash cans with hard saucers underneath so they can drain.  I have three more cans to plant yet in the living room.  We do have the advantage of having a huge living room which is hardly used with lots of light. I am buying a stronger grow light for this winter. The one we have is a 'make do' lamp that has its good points. This area will have to be heated in winter. We also have a small wood stove in this room to use to keep the temp up this winter. Our winter will hit in two more months.  By the middle of Oct we are getting freezes here. I am thrilled that these are growing and doing well. I have enough leaves for salads and tea.  I do not however, have enough to dry for winter this year. These trees may not flower or have seed pods raised in the house, we will have to see what happens.

If you are using a organic fertilizer that you feel is great, please leave the name and who manufacturers it to share with the rest of the readers. 

All for now, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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