Anyone Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

Suzi AKA DesertDanceJuly 24, 2014

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

This post was edited by desertdance on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 10:55

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

no, but I saw an impressive M. drouhardii at the Arboretum today.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 9:19PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

Is that one edible too? 3 of my seeds sprouted. One had to be transplanted to a spot where no seeds sprouted to keep things even.

I now have 3 of these trees. They are slow growers but quite interesting when grown. They are spaced between palm trees. Should be a natural for them.

This is an example of what the Stenopetala looks like grown. Fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:55AM
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kathi_mdgd

That's a cool looking tree.
Kathi

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:27PM
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