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Anyone Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

Posted by desertdance So CA Zone 9b (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 24, 14 at 13:56

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?


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

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RE: Anyone Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 9, 14 at 21:19

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

RE: Anyone Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

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.

RE: Anyone Growing Moringa Stenopetala in Zone 9b?

That's a cool looking tree.

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