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Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

Posted by desertdance So CA Zone 9b (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 11:50

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.

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Do any of you have experience with this variety?

Suzi


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RE: Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

  • Posted by xman 7/8 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 19:11

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


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RE: Growing Moringa Stenopetala in 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


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RE: Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

  • Posted by xman 7/8 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 11:33

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


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