Moringa Trees, which are also known as ‘Ben Oil Trees’, are cultivated all over the world and are highly valued for their edible parts that are extremely high in nutrients and minerals, as well as their beautiful ornamental features.
Grab your fork because the leaves, pods, and seeds are edible. Even the roots are edible,causing this tree to be known as the ‘Horseradish Tree,’ because they have a similar flavor. These parts of the Moringa Tree are often used in recipes all over the world because of their nutritious value.
Moringa leaves, pods and seeds have more vitamin C than four oranges combined as well as high amounts of calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and more. They’re also high in antioxidants, which is great for your overall health.
Instead of running to the store for an expensive bottle of multivitamins, simply pick a few leaves for a snack filled with nourishment.
By cooking the leaves in boiling water, or eating them fresh you’ll be giving your immune system a boost. The seedpods are often cooked similar to the way green beans are prepared and enjoyed while the seeds are best when baked.
Plant your Moringa trees in the yard to have highly nutritious foliage a short walk away, or place your trees in containers and keep them inside to have tons of healthy snacks within arm’s reach.
Moringa trees are a delight to watch as their lush green leaves pop against their uniquely white colored bark. Your tree will stand out as one of the most stunning plants in the neighborhood once it erupts with hundreds of breathtaking white flowers.
After Moringa Trees bloom they start growing their unique pods filled with seeds. The pods are about a foot long and turn a shade of light brown, resembling drumsticks; as a result, the tree is often referred to as the ‘Drumstick Tree’. The drumsticks combined with the tree’s smooth white bark give it an alluring exotic look.
Planting & Care
Moringa Trees (Moringa Oleifera) are one of the most useful plants to the world. It is valued for its edible parts that are extremely high in nutrients and minerals. These full sun loving trees are very easy to grow and perform their best in USDA growing zones 9-11 outdoors and on the patio (potted) 4-8. Moringa Tree are fast growers maturing to a height of 25-35 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide.
Location: When planting Moringa Tree, find a location that offers full sun. This tree can adopt to a wide range of soil type as long as it drains well, but prefers sandy loam or loam soil.
Planting Instructions (in ground):
- Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
- Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
- Use your fingers to separate the roots of your Moringa Tree and gently position downward in the hole.
- Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site tamping down the soil as you go to avoid air pockets.
- Back fill the hole, apply water to settle the soil and mulch the area to conserve soil moisture and keep competing growth back.
Planting Instructions (potted): Moringa tree can also be successfully grown in containers providing they get proper care and placement.
1) When selecting a container for your moringa tree, be sure it has plenty of holes on the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot should be 2 times the size of the one it initially came in.
2) A good potting soil such as Miracle Grow should be fine for filling in the open pot space. Try to leave so space above from the top of the pot lid for easy watering.
3) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full sun.
4) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Also, avoid exposure to both cold drafts and heat from a window or vent.
Watering (in the ground): Moringa trees do not need much watering, which allows them to thrive in very dry conditions. Water as needed for the first two months to keep the soil moist and afterwards only when the tree is visibly stressed.
Watering (potted): Water to keep the soil moist for the first 2 months and afterwards, water only when the soil is dry to the touch 2 inches down.
Fertilizing: Moringa trees don’t usually needs fertilizing. The grows well without it, but if the tree needs a little help, you can use a fertilizer high in phosphorus to help develop the root or high in nitrogen to help with leaf growth.
Pruning: Moringa tree will need to be pruned to help promote branching. As soon as the tree have at least two layers of branches, it’s time to start pruning.