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Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Posted by Miss_Chybil z9 AZ (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 12, 05 at 22:15

I have them in 4" pots on the window sill. They've only been there for about 8, or 9, days and they have sprouted and are 4 to 5 inches high! I don't know what to do next. How long do I leave them in the small pots? Do I move them from small pots to bigger pots and then outside? Or, do I move them straight from the small pots to outside? How big should they be before I transplant them, either way? Do they transplant easily?

Thanks, so much for the seeds. I'm excited. I've never grown a tree before. I've never grown most things before!


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

A drumstick tree? I'm clueless; did you get this 'seed' from a chicken? Will someone please explain what this tree is.


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I did a Google search and what an interesting tree it is.

Here is a link that might be useful: Drumstick tree


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LOL! I got the seeds from Paperwhite.

"Which tree grows quickly, provides tasty and nutritious food, is both resilient and common in tropical areas, and can even purify water--but has been overlooked by modern medicine?

The Moringa or "drumstick" tree (moringa oleifera) "is an all-natural, inexpensive and accessible multi-vitamin," says Lowell Fuglie, West Africa representative of Church World Service. The tree's leaves contain high amounts of Vitamin A (four times more than carrots), Vitamin C (seven times more than oranges), protein (twice that of milk), calcium (four times more than milk) and potassium (triple the amount in bananas)."

more at link...

Here is a link that might be useful: Drumstick Tree


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Miss Chybil,

I am glad they sprouted for you, they do sprout very easily and grow easily. Keep them in the pots until spring and then plant in the ground (perhaps late March). They grow very fast in the summer and perhaps either next fall you might see flowers but spring of 2007 you will see flowers and fruit. It provides dappled shade and you can grow other plants underneath. I will post more pictures tomorrow.

My moringa flowers:
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I still have a few seeds left if anyone wants them.


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How beautiful! I can't wait... Thank you.


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Paperwhite, I'd love a few seeds! This is a fascinating tree.


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Very cool.... Judy_B, that was an interesting link. Someday I'd like to have a potluck with things brought only from what we've grown. That would make drumsticks a very different food.

I know there's a handful (two that I know of) restaraunts that grow as much as possible, one in Mass and one in Oregon (or is it Washington?). The Calico Cow uses as many spices as it can from their own little herb garden out back....


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Taste the leaves...they taste like pea pods.
Good in soups or salads!

Sharon


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tomatofreak,

Email me your address and i will be happy to send you some seeds.

lotsaplants,
You are right the leaves are good too.

Here are some pictures i took of the tree this morning. It produced fruit/pods twice a year, once in spring and once in Fall. I have two medium trees and one small. The two medium are next to west facing block wall.

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My tamarind tree that i grew from seed and planted in the ground this fall. The seed pods and leaves are used for cooking.

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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

I would love to obtain these seeds. If someone is willing to share I would be happy to pay for them. This is a very interesting tree. I did an internet search and I am anxious to grow one and test it out on my family.


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Hi everyone,

Great post, pics, and info. Paperwhite, the drumstick seeds you shared with me at the gardenweb swap have sprouted too. They're only about an inch or so in height, but I'm so excited about them. Thanks again for sharing them.

I planted half of them the day of the Swap, and kept half for spring. I have a question though:'

Should I/we leave our little plants out for the winter? Or should we bring them indoors? I know the larger plants are hardy enough for here but curious to know your suggestions for our babies.

Thanks again for the great seeds. I'm really excited. I'm going to have to bother you for some recipes now, heh heh.

Take care,
Grant


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Grant,

You are right. On cold nights you could bring in your seedlings to a warmer part of your patio. Since they grow quickly they should be bigger by the time it is dec/jan. Come march you can plant them outside.

If anyone else is interested in seeds please email me seperately and i will post them. I still have a few left and will have more come spring.


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Thanks for the extra advice for our babies. I'll leave them outside but will bring them indoors if we get a predicted frost. They're making very nice progress and now have their first set of true leaves. I'll leave them in their current pot until spring.

Thanks again for your generosity with the seeds and with the cultural information. :)

Take care,
Grant


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hai guys,
iam searching a lot for some drumstick seeds.happy to find this page.iam from florida.please please guys ,if some one as some drumstick seeds please send me some.
thank you.
sasi


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I am from East India. Drumsticks/Moringa happen to be a very common vegetable used for cooking in India. The pulp found inside the vegetable is the one that is edible. Hence they are usually found in dishes which have some gravy. This makes the pulp soft and the dish tasty :). The leaves are also rich with vitamins and there are several dishes that are made out of them. My wife is crazy about them. I might get some to suprise her.

We used to have a tree in India many years ago, but I remember it attracted a hairy caterpillar whose hair gave humans a severe itching and rashes. We had to burn that tree every year to get rid of the pest. What can I say, the tree was fire resistant ;)

I hope the pests are not an issue here in AZ :)


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Could anybody send me some drumstick seeds....
Thanks.


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Are the flowers scented?


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Hi, Paperwhite, I was searching for drumstick seeds and came across this forum. I would love to get some drumstick seeds, if you have some. thanks.


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Hi sjacob,

I live in Phoenix. I am expecting some Drumstick seeds in a couple of weeks. If I am able to get them, I can share them with you.

Padma


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We are in Texas. I would really appreciate it if we could get some of those seeds. thanks.


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Hi sjacob,

Just check this link next week towards the end. i will put in a message and my mail id when i receive it. Do u want any Jackfruit seeds too?

Padma


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I don't know if jackfruit will grow here in Texas. But we could try. We are from kerala. how about you?

thanks, siju


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Hi sjacob, (siju),

I am from Andhra... :) Jackfruits do grow in Texas as I got my fruit from Texas.. My mail id is ambadipudipadma@hotmail.com I got some veggie seeds from India. My cousins living in Arlington, Texas, will be visiting us this long weekend. If u send a mail I can find a way to send u some seeds.

Padma


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I live in Phoenix, AZ .I have this drumstick tree from 3 years. The first year in a pot and 2 years in the ground. The first year in the ground, the tree had lot of leaves and flowers, but the flowers never made it to fruits. Now, the tree grew almost 9 ft tall, but there are hardly any leaves, flowers. It is just a tree with branches. I am not sure what is wrong with it. Can somebody give suggestions about growing a healthy drumstick tree..
Thanks in advance.


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

shreya---drumstick tree is drought resistant ensure to have not too compacted soil. they do love nitrogen rich soil but are fine in alkaline soil. I added a little bit of bokashi and some steer manure that helped the tree a lot.


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Thanks a lot nutcr0cker. what is bokashi? I will try loosening the soil around the tree. Also I will try to get some manure and nitrogen based plant food for the tree. So too much watering might also inhibit the growth?
Appreciate your help

Shreya


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

Too much watering can be disastrous for a lot of tropical plants(learnt it the hard way with my papayas). It deprives the roots of oxygen. Bokashi is basically fermented/composted kitchen scraps http://www.compostguy.com/bokashi-resource-page/
The bokashi tea is very acidic. I use a diluted form(I think that might also be helping to reduce the PH level) Making the bokashi bran(wheat bran fermented in EM-1 innocolunt) can be slightly tedious process but you only have to do it once a year.
If the compaction is causing your problem I would say dig around the plant and replace the soil with composted mulch. remember drumstick tree is a very soft tree a full strength miracle grow will kill a small plant.


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RE: Paperwhite - My drumstick trees are growing!

After seeing the pics of drumstick, i feel like growing some. If possible can you share some seeds.


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yeah I'm interested in some seeds as well. please!!!!


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I've got 6" drumstick seedlings growing inside, along with tomatoes and other summer crops. It may be crazy because I know they're trees, but I fell in love with drumstick curries while traveling in Sri Lanka. I've been growing Murraya koenigii (curry leaf plant) in pots for five years, taking them outside during the summer. Can drumsticks grow in a pot too? Also, some of the leaves are turning yellowish. Nothing else I'm growing has this problem. I've tried dilute seaweed solution, more light, less light...


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I've got 6" drumstick seedlings growing inside, along with tomatoes and other summer crops. It may be crazy because I know they're trees, but I fell in love with drumstick curries while traveling in Sri Lanka. I've been growing Murraya koenigii (curry leaf plant) in pots for five years, taking them outside during the summer. Can drumsticks grow in a pot too? Also, some of the leaves are turning yellowish. Nothing else I'm growing has this problem. I've tried dilute seaweed solution, more light, less light...


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I live in phoenix, AZ and would really like to get seed of the Moringa.
does anyone still have any


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I am interested in growing drumstick trees.. Could somebody send me some seeds..

Thanks,

-V-


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I would also love to get some moringa seeds.


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Check this link. You can gather more information.
http://tamilnadu.com/herbs/drumstick.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Drumstick


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I did a google image search and after looking at many pictures I decided I wanted to grow this tree.

I just purchased 10 seeds on eBay for $ 1.00 plus $ 2.50 shipping for a total of $ 3.50


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I have 9 of these trees thisisme. I started them from seed in January, and have already pruned them back once. I planted them in 2L plastic bottles because I like to be able to see the root development. (of course you have to be careful not to expose the bottles to direct sun because that would heat up the root area too much. I can't wait to plant them in the ground soon. I'm thinking of planting them close together to get some privacy from neighbors. Too bad they grow so whispy.


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Hi I live in BC Canada, does anyone know if I can plant drumsticks plants out side in the ground.I was kind of scared. We get snow during winter so


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How do they taste? I hear some varieties taste better than others.


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Drumstick trees grew good here. My tree is 16ft high and had lots of drumsticks this year. They do like lots of water though


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Can they be grown in pots?


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mani73, You will have to grow it in a pot. They are not hardy in the winter.


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In Zone 9b, they are hardy. Mine never missed a beat!

Still learning about the tree though. Recipes are lacking. Noticeable health benefits though. My naturally gray hair is turning brown, and the new hairs are not me. Wiry with a mind of their own.

It's the energy tree.


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