Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9bJuly 26, 2014

Hi! I got zero response in the California forum, so I'm trying here. Fingers crossed somebody is growing this tree.

We started a row of Moringa Oleiferra last September, and found out there is a huge boulder preventing the growth of a few trees. BUT, 2 are 8 feet tall, flowering and bearing pods.

I really couldn't wait to harvest those leaves for the health benefits, but discovered they are a pain to strip from the stems. Not as bad as thyme, but along that line. I still do it, and they taste delicious in salads. So far that's as adventurous as I've become with this tree. This morning I tasted a raw pod about 7" long. Green bean with a little spicy kick. Not bad raw. Probably better sauteed with garlic...

Anyway, I read that Moringa Stenopetala has much bigger leaves that actually have a better flavor. It's slower to grow, more drought friendly, but doesn't like cold. I ordered seeds on Ebay, soaked them for 48 hours, and planted some next to a concrete wall for reflected warmth in winter, and this morning one has sprouted. It's just adorable, and I'm looking forward to the differences.

Do any of you have experience with this variety?

Suzi

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xman(7/8)

Hi Suzi,

I hope you get some response here, but I have noticed very limited activity in this forum too. I have not grown Moringa Stenopetala, but have read that it is very similar to growing Moringa Olifera. However, I have read the Olifera is a little more cold tolerant, and flowers quicker.

xman

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:11PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

xman,

Thanks so much! I hope someone grows it in my zone. Two have sprouted now. Your area is colder than mine. I'd be happy to send you seeds. I bought 50 and soaked about 9, so I do have leftovers and only want 3 trees.

I may erect mini greenhouses over the two that are now sprouted this winter. Still waiting for the third.

I figure if figs, citrus, macadamias, guavas, avocados, etc can grow here unprotected, the Stenopetala will be fine too, but I will protect till established.

The only reason I want it is because I'm so lazy, I hate stripping the tiny leaves of the Olieferra!

Thanks for your reply!

Lazy Susan

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 7:31PM
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xman(7/8)

Hi Suzi,

Thank you for your kind offer, but I would like to pass :)
I have about 6 Moringa Olifera trees in 32 gallon trash containers that I drag into my garage every winter along with other tropical trees. I keep these trees in the garage for 3 months under lights. I have been doing this for the last couple of years, and these containers are so heavy that this year I tore my shoulder muscles dragging these in and out of the garage. I swore to myself that I will not get any more containiers that I have to drag indoors. I still can't lift my left hand, so I am sticking to my intentions for now.

I use the leaves of the Olifera from 2 of my trees, I agree it is a pain to strip the leaves.

xman

Here is a link that might be useful: helpful-tips-for-harvesting-Moringa-leaves

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 11:33AM
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