Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Proper Planting Area is Important to Moringa Survival

Survival for your Moringa tree is dependent on temperature, soil conditions, and overall climate for the area you grow it in.  Here in the Clarksville, TN area we have had torrential rains this past month. Rains that were responsible for flooding in low lying areas. Along with the rain came fierce winds that bent the trees over and felled many.  You need to consider these problems when picking a planting area for your Moringa tree.

Sunshine: Moringa trees need sunshine and warm temperatures. Be careful though when putting out young seedlings into the yard. Those black containers will fry the roots. Give them partial shade until the seedlings harden. Moringa seedlings need more water when planted in small containers. Check the soil daily for their roots and leaves will sunburn. Create shade if needed.

Soil:  Moringa trees need soil that drains with lots of organic material. Clay soils will kill your tree causing root rot.   It will die rapidly in areas that become a mud pit.  Create drainage ditches around your trees and improve soil so the water drains properly.

Wind:  Young Moringa trees are subject to being broken in strong winds. Stake them and plant them in an area where there is relief from the winds or create a windbreak.  I lost one of mine on our porch with the severe storm we had. The wind came up quickly and by the time I got out there, it was too late. It will grow back but it will take it awhile.

Rain:   We have had so much rain here that the soil does not have a chance to dry out. I have most of mine on the porch where I can move them under the porch roof to protect them from the excess rain we are experiencing. 

Frost: Plant your trees outside if you live in a mild climate area that does not freeze. If you live where the area gets freezing temperatures, bring the tree into the house during the winter months or an area such as a basement. We have to heat our basement to keep the pipes from freezing and for our dogs to hang out in when it’s cold. 

I hope this gives you  insight for helping your beloved Moringa trees survive. I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

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