Many of you live in climates where Moringa trees cannot live year round. Here is Nevada is one place as well, where they will not live the winter out. Here is a plan so that you can still produce fresh Moringa leaves.
Start your seeds in the house in Jan. Put them in the warmest room with the most sunlight. Plant them in 1-gallons like you would tomato or pepper seedlings. Keep them in the house until after the last frost in your area.
When you are ready to take them outside, transplant them into huge pots or 20 gal containers with soil that drains well. Make sure the container has plenty of holes for drainage. Moringa trees grow long, deep tap roots. They need a tall container to do well. So if you have a container that is deeper than wide, it is better. That is why I plant them in large trash cans. Then over several days get them used to being in the direct sun....harden them off.
If you live in a windy area, set them out where there is a windbreak of some kind. An example would be in your front yard with the house blocking the winds. Where you place them depends on how the winds hit in your area. Stake the trunk as well to help it withstand wind. Protect the trunk with a hard wire cage from rabbits, rodents and deer. Little creatures love Moringa trees including house creatures like Cats. Several people wrote me last year their cat ate their Moringa seedling. Put Moringa leaves or Moringa leaf powder into your dog or cat's food. It will help them live longer and healthier.
Moringa trees need water in the beginning. Adult trees with established tap roots do well in dryer conditions. Do not plant them in soggy, heavy clay soil. Do not let their roots get waterlogged. Their roots will rot. They need good drainage and organic fertilizer.
When it is hot, they should grow like crazy. Cut off the tops when they reach 4 feet. This will cause them to produce more branches from the base with more leaves. It will create a bush effect rather than a tall tree. You will need 3 to 5 trees depending on your family size and the amount of leaves you will use. If you can't take them in the house when winter hits, well you will just have to start over in spring.
People in winter-rough-areas do this every year with their traditional garden plants. Moringa can be grown this way as well. I have my new babies who are being raised in the house by my windows and others will go outside here at the end of the month. I will keep 6 trees in the house on a full time basis. They will grow slower than the ones outside but should stay in leaves for a length of time after winter starts. We also have a small wood stove in the living room, we can use to warm the living room this winter.
My house Moringa trees will live in 33 gal trash cans with deep dish saucers under them to protect the floor. This house with its living room arrangement should be a perfect in-house environment for them. Along with the Moringa Trees, I have 15 Ginkgo trees that must be kept indoors for a year. They can eventually be planted outside or sold.
All for now...Kate Freer, the herbladyisin