Moringa wood is extremely brittle

Moringa oleifera ….Monster…. Almost

If you have a warm back yard, think twice before you plant a Moringa tree.

Is it edible? Yes, most of it. Is it nutritious? Amazingly so, flowers, seeds and leaves. Does it have medical applications? Absolutely, saving lives on a daily basis.  Can it rescue millions from starvation? Yes, many times yes. So, what’s the down side? They don’t tell you that under good conditions it grows incredibly fast and large, overwhelming what ever space you allot to it. It can grow to monster proportions in one season.

Leaves eaten raw or cooked

I live in central Florida exactly — and I mean exactly — on the line between temperate and subtropical. I have not experienced a hard freeze here in seven years probably because I sit on a hill and have a 30,000 gallon pool to moderate temperatures. Around year two I got two food trees, Katuk and Moringa. You can read about the Katuk in another article.

It is an understatement to say the Moringa grows more than 10 feet a year. I have two trees and every year I cut off 15- to 20-foot branches. It requires constant attention. Despite its impressive growth pattern, it’s an extremely brittle tree. A man can easily break off a branch four inches through,…. It’s nice to feel like Hercules now and then.

The easy-breaking branches also lend themselves to a common-heard phrase in India when someone is being a little too demanding: “Don’t push me up a Moringa tree.” But, I will admit both trees withstood 100 mph winds three times in the hurricanes of 2004.

I want to impress upon you that my reference as to how fast this tree grows is a gross understatement, no matter how overstated it might seem. While gigantic growth is great for hungry poor countries, it is a significant headache for a suburban yard, even a 40-acre ranch.  Unattended, the tree grows into a spindly giant. If you don’t attend it twice a month you will have a monster on your property, and I have two of them, one self-seeded. Should you choose to grow it, just know what you are getting in for. Now days I cut both trees back to a three foot stump every spring, the same as where they are cultivated. These things grow so fast, I speculate you could get a crop of leaves off them in Northern Canada. Then over winter it inside.  It might make a real nice potted, pruned indoor tree for northern climes. That said, let’s view the virtues of the Moringa.

This tree is one of the world’s most useful plants. A native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas, Moringa oleifera  (mo-RIN-ga oh-lee-IF-er-uh) is cultivated around earth’s tropical belt. Moringa is grown for its leaves, fruits, seed, sap and roots. It provides a variety of food and medicine. The young fruits pods, called drumsticks, can be cooked many ways, often like green beans, and have an asparagus taste. A superior cooking oil comes from the seeds, and the light oil can be used to lubricate delicate mechanisms. The leaves are extensively used as a vegetable — I have a restaurant-owning Chinese friend who makes a great soup out of them — and the roots are made into a condiment resembling horseradish in taste, but use it sparingly for it contains an alkaloid, spirochin. A blue dye can be made from its sap. Even a health drink is made from the tree. M. oleifera also might have a great future in water purification, a prime cause of illness in the world. And that is just the start of the amazing overgrown weed called “The Miracle Tree.”

Dry moringa seeds

There is only one family of Moringa trees, and only 13 members, making it one of the smallest groups. Of all 13, M. oleifera is the one most cultivated and usually the one referred to when talking about the edible Moringa. The name Moringa comes from the Tamil/Malayalam word murungakka. A search using “murungakkai” will produce many recipes.  Oleifera means oil bearing. In the Philippines it is called “mother’s best friend,” in Florida, “the horseradish tree,” and in India “the drumstick tree.” In India it is an absolute must-have plant in the kitchen garden. In Thialand they are used as living fences.

From a food point of view, Moringa leaves can be used like spinach, though they are far more nutritious. Sorry Popeye. The leaves can be used fresh or dried into a powder. The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A and C, a good source of B vitamins, and among the best plant sources of minerals. The calcium content is very high, iron is good enough to treat anemia — three times that of spinach — and it’s an excellent source of protein while being low on fats and carbohydrates. Said another way, Moringa leaves have seven times the Vitamin C of oranges, four times the calcium of milk, four times the vitamin A of carrots, three times the potassium of bananas, and two times the protein of yogurt. That’s quite a line up. The leaves also have the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. Medically it is antibiotic and research shows it can be used to treat high blood pressure. A leaf tea is used by diabetics to help regulate their blood sugar. It is full of antioxidants, is anti-cancerous, and when eaten by mothers they give birth to healthier, heavier babies.  A 28 December 2007 study said a root extract is very anti inflammatory.

In fact, let me quote you an earlier abstract from Phytotherapy Research 16 Sept 2006:

Immature moringa pods

Moringa oleifera Lam (Moringaceae) is a highly valued plant, distributed in many countries of the tropics and subtropics. It has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value. Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals, and are a good source of protein, vitamins, -carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, -sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol. In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, M. oleifera is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine, particularly in South Asia. This review focuses on the detailed phytochemical composition, medicinal uses, along with pharmacological properties of different parts of this multipurpose tree. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Now you know why they call it “The Miracle Tree.” It is being planted extensively in poorer areas of the world, some 400,000 trees in Rwanda alone.

To cultivate, soak the seeds for a day in water, plant in a peat pot. When six inches high, put in fertilized ground, and stand back!  When it is six feet high cut the top off, forcing side shoots. Hang the top upside down in the shade and let it dry. Then grind the leaves into powder.

Today, approaching Valentines Day, I did my annual Moringa cut back. It takes about four hours, not counting nibbling and seed saving. Every year I promise myself I will trim them more often and every year they rocket to the sky. But that’s really not a problem.  I just climb on the roof and collect dinner.

Green Deane’s “Itemized” Plant Profile

IDENTIFICATION: Slender tree, to about  35 feet; drooping branches,  brittle stems, corky bark; leaves feathery, pale green, compound, tripinnate; flowers fragrant, white or creamy-white, in sprays, 5 at the top of the flower; stamens yellow; pods pendulous, brown, triangular, splitting lengthwise into 3 parts when dry, containing about 20 seeds, pod tapering at both ends, 9-ribbed; seeds dark brown, with three papery wings.

TIME OF YEAR: In zone nine Florida, it leaves most of the year, with seed pods in the late spring and summer.

ENVIRONMENT: Originally from India, planted in frost free areas around the world. Naturalized in many areas. Grows best in sand soil, tolerates poor soil. It loves sun and heat and can be grown from seed.

METHOD OF PREPARATION: Leave can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach, young seed pods can be cooked many ways, seeds are edible, cooked flowers taste like mushrooms, and the roots can be made into an occasional condiment.

 

 

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1 Jeremy Rice May 2, 2012 at 10:44

Where can I get Moringa seeds? I’ve been wanting to grow one for quite some time now. Please let me know. Thanks

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2 Green Deane May 4, 2012 at 06:04

I think ECHO in Ft. Myers sells them. Of try B&T Seed.

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3 Bob James March 19, 2013 at 22:58

Heck, sounds like You ought to sell them, Green.

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4 Bob James March 20, 2013 at 09:39

When six feet high, how much of the top should I cut off? 6 inches, a foot?

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5 Bets Retting April 13, 2014 at 16:41

Hi, We sell Moringa saplngs and seeds. We live in Palm Bay, FL. You can message me on FB at RiverRootsRocks or email me betretting@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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6 Susan Richards Day August 17, 2013 at 01:03

I have seeds and baby trees. Where do you live? I live in central Florida.

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7 Rob August 22, 2013 at 10:21

Jacksonville, Fl. I am interested.

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8 Paul December 16, 2013 at 18:50

Rob get in touch with Permaculture JAX on facebook. They have several members growing moringa oleifera.

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9 Jenny August 22, 2013 at 10:25

I work in Orlando, live in Polk Co. Do you have seeds or the baby clippings to sell or give away? I have the property to handle a large tree and am very interested in the health benefits!

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10 Green Deane August 22, 2013 at 12:34

I’m trying now to see if some cutting will root.

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11 Ulysses August 22, 2013 at 17:02

Do you sell seeds and if so I would like to purchase to grow inside until winter passes.

12 Jeannie August 28, 2013 at 14:32

It will root very easily. I have a back yard full of trees that I’ve grown only from cuttings. :)

13 Steve Mann, Auburndale, Fl Area.. August 22, 2013 at 15:52

Hi, I would be interested in some Moringa Seeds and others if you are willing to deal.. I am a Plant person and have a Lawn/Landscape Business. TY, Steve.

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14 terre September 16, 2013 at 06:51

Hi- I dont have what you are seeking but I am happy to hear of a ‘lawn/landscape business’ person who is interested in more than blowing and going. Are you also interested in lowering the footprint of water use?

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15 Gary Clyne December 9, 2013 at 09:21

Love this comment terre! I think banning blowing machines would decrease unemployment and obesity, too. ;^)

16 Leslie September 8, 2013 at 20:53

Susan
I live in Lakeland and would like to grow a Moringa tree.
Can you please let me know if you have any more seeds or baby trees?

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17 Vanessa Moline October 25, 2013 at 20:57

Susan, I’m in Seminole County. I would love a baby moringa!

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18 Green Deane October 28, 2013 at 08:55

Might have to wait until spring.

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19 Helen January 7, 2014 at 20:22

Hello Susan,
I would love to try growing a Moringa tree on the balcony of my Clearwater condo. Can the Moringa tolerate living in a pot? Would you sell a few seeds? Thank you

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20 shaddai colon March 19, 2014 at 13:13

I am interested in getting some seed or plant start from you and I live in Deltona fl

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21 Green Deane March 19, 2014 at 15:37

I haven’t noticed if my trees are seeding yet. I will look.

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22 nikky April 1, 2014 at 15:17

Can I hear from you if you still have the moringa seeds and small trees. I live in Douglasville GA. I will like to plant some of the trees if you will be kind enough to sell them to me.

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23 BagLady September 13, 2013 at 04:06

Be careful what you wish for. My property owner decided to gift me with 2 trees down the side of my house. I was hopeful they would keep the sun off the house, but as the above article says, they shoot up and I was hacking 6 foot of growth every week. The neighbours are grateful because of the leaves I give them for making tea but they are now beyond my control and are towering at roof level. Ugly looking too.

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24 josh February 7, 2014 at 04:14

awwww sorry i have alot grown at the backyard of my house, i have many many seed but you are very far from me if i would have given you for free… am in africa Ghana

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25 helen May 29, 2012 at 18:23

Would moringa be hardy on the eastern shore of Md, where we are in zone7? Would love to propogate some. I have been successful with over-wintering figs.

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26 Green Deane May 29, 2012 at 20:16

I’m afraid it is too cold. But, you could take it inside and over winter.

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27 jacksson April 1, 2014 at 13:42

From what I see for Dorchester County, where my family comes from, the Zone is 6a (correct me if wrong). That is pretty cold for a moringa tree. In Central California (Zone 8-9) it is a little cold, so people that have the tree, cut it back to about 3 feet and protect it. I have been bringing hot peppers back to life in the Spring with a small degree of protection, so I suspect that a reasonable about of protection would bring the moringa tree back in the Spring – I will find out the coming year as I am just getting into planting some of them. I have friends in Bakersfield who have been growing them for several years with success. Also, I am planning on taking cuttings in the Fall and growing them inside; if they get too large, I will get even with them by eating them. lol

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28 Angel Crespo June 28, 2012 at 17:31

Howdy, Mr. Green Deane, Sir! Although you warn against it, I’d like to put my Moringa tree in the ground. Have you had to protect the Moringas at all during the winter? Heavy mulch? I live in the Orlando area, near OIA, and wonder if I should keep mine potted? I have some Piper methysticum in the ground that was not affected at all this winter, just to give you an idea.
I would also like to thank you for your informative newsletters and fine Youtube videos, sir. They are very important tools for all. Toodles!

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29 Green Deane June 29, 2012 at 06:57

I’m in Maitland and my moringa outside has not only survived the freezes we’ve had since 2000 but also reproduced.

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30 Dre August 10, 2012 at 08:44

I live in winter park and I was wondering if you could sell me a plant or tell me where I can buy the seeds or plant locally. The supplement is too expensive. I’ll check back on the site for a reply or email me. Thanks in advance.

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31 Susan B. August 26, 2013 at 07:59

I am interested in purchasing some Moringa seedlings or seeds. Do you still have them available for sale?

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32 Linda September 22, 2013 at 06:52

Paisley Farm & Crafts sells starter trees, Moringa seeds and Moringa powder on Ebay and Amazon.

http://stores.ebay.com/paisleyfarmandcrafts

I import the seeds but grow many Moringa myself from the seeds as well as sell them.

Hope this helps if you haven’t found any. :)

33 Yamikani November 5, 2013 at 00:22

We have moringa seeds for sale. $25/kg (3400 seeds) FOB.
Moringa powder $1.50/kg FOB
Contact us: bvumbweexports@gmail.com
Tel: 00265991389844

34 Saj August 22, 2013 at 14:12

Hi Green . Will it stand houston freezes ? We get down to 28F .

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35 Green Deane August 22, 2013 at 15:18

An occasional light freeze it can take once established but if your ground freezes I don’t think so.

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36 Joelis August 4, 2012 at 11:46

Hi!! I leave in Winter park, is there a near place where I can get the seeds? I called a few places and nothing:(..I have a nice back yard and would love to have a Moringa tree.
Thanks for this great info!

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37 Dre August 10, 2012 at 08:45

I live in winter park as well, if you find a source could you let me know as well please. Thanks.

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38 Paul Coats August 4, 2012 at 14:59

I live in Columbus, GA (hardiness zone 8a), slightly outside the recommended growing area for moringa. Would it be possible to grow the tree here by coppicing it each year to the recommended three inches and mulching it for further protection?

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39 Green Deane August 7, 2012 at 06:29

You might have to put it in a pot and take it in during the winter. Gets king of chilly in Georgia.

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40 Elaine Winter July 17, 2013 at 22:11

I have a plant in Connecticut and as soon as it comes around winter it is taken inside to grow, but it is better to grow in tropical countries.

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41 Hermitress July 24, 2013 at 14:54

Or you could simply grow it as an annual and harvest the leaves.

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42 Andrew November 25, 2013 at 03:30

It certainly works for banana trees. They have been grown as far north as zone 7 and also produce fruit. I think Orinoco, Mysore, Ice Cream and Viente Cohol are some of the recommended varieties. The banana growers cut the tree back, just before the first frost of the year, to a 3 to 4 foot stump. A tomato cage is placed around the stump and it is stuffed with shredded leaves. This should protect the tree until the spring, when it is removed and growth resumes. I guess you won’t know until you try.

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43 Holly Kelley August 27, 2012 at 20:38

I live in Florida and just got a moringa tree from Cycad Jungle. Email Tom there and he will get you what you want. http://cycadjungle.8m.com/

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44 Shelly-Ann August 29, 2012 at 13:04

I have been told that it is not good to have green leaves of any sort as they are not good to the liver. I hear you have to have them dried as when they are green they have toxic effects… are you saying that it is not an issue with this tree? I can have them like lettuces and cabbages?

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45 Green Deane August 30, 2012 at 07:24

Quite a few people in the world eat green tree leaves of varying species. Here in North AMerican the basswood leaves come to mind, as well as young elm leaves. Personally I like moringa leaves cooked. They have a bitter spicy-ness raw that I don’t care for.

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46 eswari balan July 20, 2013 at 23:00

I did not know the leaves could be eaten raw. Thank you. Its a weekly dish that I take to clean the bowels. They are delicious cooked with dhall (lentils). The plant can be grown with cuttings. I love your site.
Eswari

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47 Marjorie October 22, 2013 at 15:04

Hi Eswari Can you please email me with some more info on that weekly dish you make for bowels. I live in N Miami and would like to know how to get a plant for potting.
I would be grateful for any information atall
Thanks…Marjorie

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48 Pat October 11, 2012 at 19:43

Hi, Thank you so much for this information. I was tempted to by a Moringa today but was put off by the 40 dollar price tag and limited knowledge about the plant. I have a tiny yard. Glad I left the plant at the nursery. It is very interesting however.

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49 Sherry October 14, 2012 at 09:51

Would this tree grow in the South East part of Tennesee? we live close to the Georgia state line. We live on a hill, and not in a valley or lower lying ground.

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50 Green Deane October 14, 2012 at 21:03

It would grow for one season and die in the cold winter. However, it does love to grow. You could make it a potted tree, cut it back every fall and over winter it inside.

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51 Sandy November 3, 2012 at 01:35

I am growing 3 diferent typs of Moringa…The reguler type from India and PKM 1 Hybird from India, and an African Type I forgot the name.I live in Davie Florida…If anybody is interested..I have never shipped any before but can try.I grew alot of them last year gave most of them to my friends the 4 I have growing are very strong. About 98% of the seeds sprout even with the toads sleeping on top of them I just used the cheap compost from home depot.I allso have seeds…I want to see how the PKM-1 & the African variaty grow and and may allso have a few of them to sell.

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52 Naz November 14, 2012 at 22:36

Hello I am interested buying the seeds and leave for all three types of moringa that u have. Please email me

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53 ahmed December 11, 2012 at 14:41

im from canada and would love you to send me some thank u

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54 Eve Holgate January 10, 2013 at 16:19

What would happen if you tried to ship a cutting to California? Do you think it would survive? I am interested. How much would you charged for this experiment?

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55 Green Deane January 11, 2013 at 05:17

Please contact Feral Kevin at FeralKevine.com. He is in Californial and I’m sure knows where to find some moringa cuttngs.

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56 TropicBob January 14, 2013 at 12:28

Hi Sandy
I also live in Davie.I have three trees of the Moringa O. and would be very interested in the other two you grow. I assume one is the Moringa S. I have Katuk, Okinawa Spinach, Edible Hibiscus, Cranberry Hibiscus, Taro, and Chaya to trade or I will buy them. Please contact me.
Bob
By the way- Moringa pods are delicious!!

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57 Crystal May 17, 2013 at 22:09

Hello TropicBob! Just found this sight and am hoping to try to grow a moringa …am really interested in some of the others you mentioned in your post…I never knew/heard of these “edibles” -have a daughter with cancer and would love to boost her immune system naturally! I am in Miami and would love to connect for conversation and possible seed purchase! How can I contact you?

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58 Meike January 22, 2013 at 23:58

I am very interested in Moringa seeds, too. Please email me! Many thanks

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59 Sree January 31, 2013 at 13:25

I am lokking to buy this PKM seed for plant in Texas. Please let me knowhow can I get this.

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60 Richard February 11, 2013 at 18:42

Hi Sandy,
I live in So Cal. I’m a member of the CRFG society. I’ve been reading more and more about Moringa plants and their healthful benefits. I’d be very interested in buying 5-10 seeds of each of the 3 types you have, if they’re available.
Please let me know what you can/want to do in this regard.
Thanks

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61 rina April 4, 2013 at 18:51

I live in Hollywood, Fl. Do you still have seeds or sapplings for sale?

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62 Green Deane April 5, 2013 at 09:16

I don’t sell them but others do.

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63 kay June 22, 2013 at 06:36

I want to buy some seeds pleas contact me Im in La

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64 Josephine Nkemka April 18, 2013 at 14:50

Hello Sandy thanks for the information. I leave in New Mexico and wonder if you can still send me some of your moringa seeds, plants or leaves.

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65 Linda June 15, 2013 at 12:58

I just heard about these trees and think it would be vary good to have them in times such as now. with all the uncertainly in the world today. I am not a person with a green thumb since I moved to NM ,but keep trying. I would probably have to keep it in a pot. but I vary interested.

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66 Sheila June 19, 2013 at 08:21

Hi I live in north lauderdale not far from davie interested in the leaves maybe some seeds live in a town home condo can I place it in a plant pot and keep it at a minium without over growing please email me.

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67 chalita July 31, 2013 at 15:36

Hi Sandy, I would love to grow a moringo tree here in Alabama. Then to transfer back to my home in New Orleans, La. Please do you still have seeds or cuttings for sale? Email me lele504@gmail.com, Thanks

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68 Miriam August 22, 2013 at 20:45

If you still have plants, I am very interested in purchasing. I live in Miami and could drive up. Could you please email me

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69 Marjorie October 22, 2013 at 15:08

Hi Sandy I live in N Miami and would like to buy some plants from you. Could you email me some more info. I let me know if I can pick some up and the cost Thank you M
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Marjorie

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70 Ingrid January 10, 2014 at 15:37

Hi Sandy, I live in Hollywood, FL not far from you. I am interested in buyer all 3 types from you. please email me. Thanks

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71 Brian November 3, 2012 at 14:20

Excellent plant…i think that i will risk it taking over.
Thanks for another great article.
BTW “oleifera” means “oil-bearing” referring to the seeds.
“sativus” is the most common name used to mean “cultivated”
eg Raphanus sativus , the radish

thanks again
Brian

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72 Green Deane November 5, 2012 at 06:31

re oleifera… you are right… I must have been asleep the night I wrote that. Thanks.

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73 suriya November 17, 2012 at 03:49

hello sir
im suriya frm india .we been supplying dry drum stick leaves..we supply organic drum stick flower honey …..pls give me feed back thank u

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74 Joyce Forager December 13, 2012 at 11:10

I never cared about this tree until I read your article. Then I bought a pack of seeds from Ebay, and planted them. Two out of six seeds grew, but the seedlings are quite hardy, so hopefully we’ll get some moringa soup next year. By the way, how do you use moringa to purify water? Thanks for making a moringa convert!

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75 Osas olivia December 28, 2012 at 07:43

Hi,thanks a lot for what i have learnt about Moringa plant.pls email me for further information.Thanks

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76 jane h January 4, 2013 at 10:40

the miracle (moringa) tree is very impressive. we have planted it outside, 5 in a row in front of our wood 6 foot fence, yet in back of our blue- purple plumbago, purple petunias, and purple glory bush, which is the side edge of our seashell driveway. it has a very nice tropical look to it and provides shade and fertilizer from the trimmings that are cut and left on the ground to the plants which are blooming and thriving, and attract butterflies and bees.
we use it in salads, soups and souffles. yes, it does need trimming but not a problem, that it can cut it back easily to head or shoulder level, then cut into 4″ pieces that are used for mulch. we even took the branches, fresh cut without roots…. and planted them in the ground in our back yard and they are now 15-20 foot high and provide a privacy screen between our neighbors yard and us.

we highly recommend it, especially now that they are poisoning our seed supplies with gmo’s and food supply by sky- spraying 24/7 with chemtrail poisons of aluminum particulates, viruses, bacterias, fluoride, and multitudes of other things from the sky, and which now have cut our sunlight by atleast 20. %

jane from southwest florida.

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77 aidana June 27, 2013 at 12:24

Jane I’m in southeast florida and I would love to have this plant did you started from seeds? and where did you get them?
Thanks
Aidana

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78 Aniko Palko January 10, 2013 at 19:17

Hi I live in central Fla and My babys are less than 6 months old
where can I Buy fresh moringa leaves buy the lb
I would love to find 7 to 14 Lbs

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79 Green Deane January 11, 2013 at 05:15

I would try ECHO in Ft. Myers. They have many trees or knows someone who does.

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80 Antonette Lobo February 24, 2013 at 00:49

I buy Moringa leaves at our local CHINESE grocery store…..

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81 Jeannie St. Pierre January 14, 2013 at 01:59

i would love to get some moringa seeds to plant my own tree. Could someone contact me if you have seeds please! So looking forward to getting them!

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82 Jeannie St. Pierre January 14, 2013 at 02:01

I would love to get some moringa seeds to plant my own tree. If anyone has some could they please contact me please!!

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83 me January 18, 2013 at 09:38

Moringa seeds are sold on Amazon at Moringa Scientific intl

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84 jane January 18, 2013 at 09:56

Dear Green Deane,
Thank you for your time and information.
I was wondering if I can farm Moringa in Louisiana we’ve been trying to survive since the flood. Since we can sometimes go down to 33degrees here in Louisiana, do you think that Moringa will survive any future cold snaps.
Thank you for your thoughts
Let America feed America.
Give rise to small farms again.

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85 Vanessa D Cardwell January 31, 2013 at 02:21

I have just researched this miracle tree and have many health issues that I believe it would help. Also, I don’t have great luck with flowering plants other than roses. I would love to attempt to grow a few of them indoors as I live in southwestern Kentucky and understand that they wouldn’t live through our winters. If you would be so kind as to contact me regarding a way to attempt growing this plant to assist in my healing process. Thank you very much. V. Cardwell

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86 Douglas Wright February 17, 2013 at 18:30

I live in Jamaica and am very familiar with the Moringa. I boil the leaves green and make a tea from it. I keep it in the refrigerator and drink it every day sometimes twice or three times daily. Is there any limitation on your daily consumption?

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87 Green Deane February 17, 2013 at 18:40

As far as I know, there is no limited to daily consumption as a tea.

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88 Antonette Lobo February 24, 2013 at 00:53

Moringa leaves are sold in the chinese grocery stores…

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89 Edna Kelly February 26, 2013 at 13:51

My son started eating moringa leaves in 2005. He has Crohn’s Disease and the doctors had told him there was nothing more they could do, after he’d had 2 sections of his bowel removed. Today he is in complete remission and the doctor’s only comment “Don’t tell me about it. You’ll put me out of business”.
Now he grows moringa trees, harvests and processes the leaves and sells the dried moringa leaf powder at our local farmers market. We add the powder to so many things we eat now and we are all healthier for it.

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90 Bob James April 5, 2013 at 18:07

Edna, is the doctor or your son raising Moringa?

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91 Bob James February 26, 2013 at 21:45

My seed order from Amazon arrived from Thailand, so I hope they like Central Florida (Fern Park). At least they gave me 530 of them. They may have heard of my brown thumb.

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92 Julie April 26, 2013 at 15:01

I’m in Lake Mary area and would be happy to buy some of your seeds if they’re viable?

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93 laura February 28, 2013 at 09:42

hi everyone! i have moringa trees for sale in south florida…all the talk about the health benifits are true…so i had to start planting them to spread the word!!!

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94 kevin April 6, 2013 at 07:32

Thanks for sharing!!!!
I am interested in buying Miracles…:-)
Where can I find You….them….Moringas?

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95 Char -lee Murphy April 13, 2013 at 10:39

Hello Laura
I would like to purchase several trees if you have any. I live in s. fl east coast in pompano bch. Are you near this part of the coast ?
Thanks for any info
Gratefully ,
Char-lee

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96 Angie McK April 25, 2013 at 10:39

Hi Laura,
I am interested in Moringa trees. do you have some for sale? how much and can you ship it in Tennessee?

Thanks.

Angie

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97 Debbie Krietemeyer June 1, 2013 at 11:14

Hi Laura,
I am interested in purchasing a couple of Moringa trees from you . Could you let me know how to proceed. I live in Micanopy, Fl.
Thanks look forward to hearing from you.

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98 Marjorie October 22, 2013 at 16:13

Hi Laura please send me your info and prices and address I’d like to buy some
Marjorie

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99 Leticia Fines February 28, 2013 at 14:16

This moringa tree or malunggay tree is not new to me. I used to eat the leaves when I was a little girl back in the Philippines. And now, I am doing alot of research about this particular plant. I have acquired moringa seeds (mail order) here in the U.S. It is pretty amazing what this tree can do to life.
I have started my seedlings this month of February 2013, hopefully I will have good germination rate. By the way, I live in northern California, in Sacramento valley. I will give it try (plant the tree) and see what happens!

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100 Vivian Rootness April 10, 2013 at 23:01

I live in El Dorado and I am starting my seed now. Would like to find out how yours are doing.

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101 Pete April 16, 2013 at 20:40

Hi Leticia,

I would be interested with your result of planting Malunggay from seed. I’m in O.C. in Southern California. I was not successful in planting the tree from branch. I wanted to try the seed.

Thanks

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102 cathy October 12, 2013 at 16:15

Hi Leticia, I am in the Sacramento area too. Did your plants do well? Would it be possible for me to get some seeds or cuttings from you?

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103 Atanas April 16, 2014 at 07:02

Hi Leticia,
I live in Vacaville Northern CA. I bought my small Moringa but wonder sould I plant it outside or indoors. I am looking for your advise. Thanks.

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104 Atanas April 16, 2014 at 07:08

Would you be able to contact me trough email? My e-mail is atapavl@gmail.com

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105 Edward March 31, 2013 at 15:06

I sell the seeds on Ebay, my username is edwardpuertorico, they grow really fast!! I ship from Puerto Rico

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106 George Riente April 12, 2013 at 19:31

Hi to all:We carry Moringa Oleifera plants and seeds.Over 10.000 plants to choose.Even we offer a set where you can grow your own plants,including the pots,the seeds ,potting soil and natural fertilizer plus the instructions.
Moringa can be planted in zone 9,10 and 11 outdoor and zone 7 and 8 in pots and keep inside in winter.
More information:
Moringa Place Llc.
moringaplace.com
moringaplace@yahoo.com
facebook.com/moringa.place
Tweeter: @machipuma
1021 C Rd.
Loxahatchee,Florida,33470
561-633-8751

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107 Katie Burns April 13, 2013 at 19:43

I live in Ohio, we have cold and snowy winters, but is there anyway that I could grow Moringa here???

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108 Green Deane April 14, 2013 at 22:18

Only if you take it inside for at least half of the year.

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109 Stacy April 15, 2013 at 18:00

What size planter pot would you recommend for indoor growing. What type of soil medium? Thanks.

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110 George Riente June 25, 2013 at 09:21

7 gallon can be good for the first 24 month and after you can use 15 to 20 gallons pots.The soil must be 3 parts of horse manure and one part of top soil or humus.Not over watering,just keep the soil light in humidity. For outside when is frozen time,you can cover the bottom of the trunck and the roots with mulch,2 feet around the trunk and a least 6 inches high.And cover the top of the tree with a Nylon sheet.

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111 fadi April 16, 2013 at 00:24

hi there, i live in Toronto and need to get Moringa seeds OR Treee ,,, any help in this pleas.. do u if i can find them here in toronto pls… thank you so much for ur help :)

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112 Zsaire Gable May 29, 2013 at 22:37

Fadi you can buy them from Alberta. Google Moringa Alberta.

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113 Amos Mwangi May 4, 2013 at 11:28

This is interesting !!!
I am tempted to do an invitation to any one who has a desire to visit East Africa and the same should have know-how on how to plant moringa so that could be our guest, whereby he may teach us on how best to plant moringa for the best result. Any body like that should should feel free to conduct us on our email. Thank you !!!

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114 Julie June 2, 2013 at 08:21

I am super tempted to visit East Africa!! :P The tree should grow well in Africa (most places – they handle drought well). Which country are you located?? Check out http://www.echonet.org/ too – I have bought some other trees from them – they should have tons of info for you and you can email them – they do lots of trainings for tropical/sub tropical edibles.

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115 t sensenig July 10, 2013 at 16:34

Moringa grows wild along the roads in Tanzania. Encouraging/showing its use is the challenge. It would help solve a problem verbalized by women in Morogoro that they have no vegetables during the dry months.

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116 Spencer May 20, 2013 at 18:23

Very easy to propagate from large woody cuttings.

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117 Jennifer June 4, 2013 at 10:52

I live in Alberta, would like to Buy a Moringa tree/ Seeds. Are they available here or do I have to order them From the States?

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118 Tiffany June 5, 2013 at 18:44

I recently found out about the Moringa Tree and Im interested in growing my own tree. I do have some concerns since I do see that the tree can grow to 35 feet if I read that correctly. My questions would be …How far away from the house should the tree be planted? I would not want to see the roots grow under the house or cause damage. The other question is can it be grown in a pot instead of in the ground? Do you know if wild animals are attracted to the plant?I live in a community but on a preserve I could easily plant them out on the preseve but would rather plant them closer to me since I own the property but not the preserve. The other question is, if the plant is constantly cut will the tree remain small? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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119 Jennifer Small June 16, 2013 at 17:51

Good day to you. I live in Barbados, West Indies and would like to get seeds of the three different Moringa plants please – The Regular Type from India, PKM 1 Hybird from India and one from Africa. Just tell me the price and you can post the seeds to me. Thank you.

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120 Yamikani November 5, 2013 at 01:09

Hie

We can offer you FREE 100 seeds for free-just pay for your own postage. We are located in Malawi,Africa. We have 30Ha of moringa trees and we export to Germany,South Africa and Mozambique.
bvumbweexports@gmail.com

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121 max June 20, 2013 at 11:47

We planted kilometres of Moringa rows for stock food on our station 400 km south of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.
They have gone crazy.
They are sprouting all over our 210 square kilometres.
The cattle eat the pods and have sown the seeds in their dung every where they go.
The trees need regular cutting back so cattle can reach the foliage, but this is not possible for us. Just to big a task and only us on our station.

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122 Mary lenie Saint Loth June 22, 2013 at 22:14

Hi! can that tree survive the winter in Canada!

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123 Green Deane June 23, 2013 at 18:49

Only in a pot inside.

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124 t sensenig July 10, 2013 at 16:48

I live in the Washington DC area (zone 6b). My 8-foot moringa tree is in a 5-gallon pot that lives indoors when the outside temperature goes down to 50 degrees. It loses its leaves inside my house that stays at 62-64 degrees in winter. In summer it has flowered but not produced seeds. I just lopped off the top half and stuck it in a pot, hoping it will root in a few weeks.

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125 Garden Om June 30, 2013 at 16:49

Some of our local co op members (Central Florida) are growing and selling moringa organically (along with many other fruits, vegetables and plants). I have a young tree, just starting harvesting leaves. If you are in Pinellas or Pasco county, we have market days every Saturday even during the summer months. Moringa is available, you can order online at http://www.suncoastcoop.com and pickup on Saturdays in New Port Richey.

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127 Claudia July 9, 2013 at 15:02

I only discovered Moringa late last year. I would like to get a plant and also some of the leaves to make the drink. I hear it is good for “hot flashes”. I live in Miramar, Florida. Please contact me thru my email.
Thanks.

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128 Claudia July 9, 2013 at 15:07

I live in Miramar Florida and would like to get a plant of the Moringa tree as well as some of the leaves to make the drink. Please contact me thru my email address.
Thanks.

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129 Robert October 13, 2013 at 01:14

Hi Claudia, if you can drive to Hollywood, FL you can buy fresh leaves. Just search Craigslist ads for “fresh moringa leaves” in Broward county, farm and garden section.

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130 kelly July 26, 2013 at 13:55

i just got my seeds in the mail. i ordered them off Amazon,and they came from Thailand. i cant wait to plant them. i need to get some pots, i want to move them into the greenhouse later in winter, as we have hard freezes in my zone, 9A i believe im in. it can get into the 20s here for several hours during the early hours before dawn. hope they do well, im so excited to grow this plant!

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131 william August 15, 2013 at 12:28

Okay, I have done the research and am ready to plant a moringa but, . . . my wife suggested I ask you if it is possible we could taste some of your moringa leaves first. It would be nice to know if we like the flavor of the leaves before growing a tree (my wife is so smart). I lived in Orlando 30 years, my cousin lives in Maitland by St Mary Mag and we visit him often. Could we meet up somewhere and sample some of your leaves please?

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132 Green Deane August 16, 2013 at 06:27

That can be done, if I am still here. I may be moving shortly. Haven’t sorted that out yet.

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133 Saj August 22, 2013 at 14:04

I cant grow it cz I am in Houston. I cant grow my Lychies or mangoes either. I have to move to FL I guess

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134 Jeannie August 28, 2013 at 14:40

Saj, I live in Houston, too, and I’ve been growing Moringa successfully for the last 10 years. Don’t give up! :)

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135 E.J. Kelley September 3, 2013 at 09:46

would be interested in obtaining some seeds from you. I live about 2 hrs from Houston. How could we make this happen. would be happy to send a self addressed pre stamped envelope if possible.

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136 Eli August 22, 2013 at 19:46

Im looking for a small tree to plant . I live in central Florida, please help

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137 Rubi Settles August 22, 2013 at 19:46

Hello,

We live in Celebration and have read a lot of great things about the Moringa tree. We want to plant it in our back yard. What is the best way to do it: from a seed or a small plant? I am a bit hesitant on buying a seed from a seed place.

Thanks, Rubi

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138 Green Deane August 23, 2013 at 15:12

They grow happily either way, a small tree or from seeds.

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139 Ann August 24, 2013 at 02:23

Hi Green Deane,

I live in northwest Orlando, near Clarcona-Ocoee Road and Hiawassee Road near Wekiva. I would like to grow the Moringa Trees in my yard.
Can anyone help me get either the branches or seeds of the Moringa Trees from India, or point me in the right direction as to where I can get them, I would really appreciate it very much. Thanks a million … happy growing!

Ann

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140 Jim March 8, 2014 at 07:36

Small moringa plants are usually available at the Sanford Farm Swap Meet.

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141 sara September 4, 2013 at 00:13

I’m looking to buy the pods, but I can only find them for sale in Australia. US customs won’t let them (the pods) come into the country. Know how I can get some?

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142 Kimberly Ashe-Steckelberg September 8, 2013 at 16:35

I am a licensed grower currently selling moringa trees in Georgia & I ship on a regular basis. Please contact me if you are interested. Moringa is truly a miracle tree! Georgiamountainfarms@gmail.com

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143 CHARLES FRASER September 25, 2013 at 09:15

Hi, I read your article and that was a great to know and understand the values of this wonderful God’s plant. Would I be able the get some plants if you have any. I live Central Florida and would love to grow it.

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144 Judy M. September 30, 2013 at 13:49

I live in Kissimmee FL and am interested in purchasing a small moringa tree from a local grower in central FL. Please let me know if you have any for sale.

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145 Natachasheldon October 9, 2013 at 14:34

Come to my house ill give you branches.

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146 Peter November 4, 2013 at 06:31

Good morning, Natacha,

I live in Melbourne, FL and am very interest in growing moringa tree. Would it be possible to go to get some branches from you? Much thanks, my email is AMOY321@GMAIL.COM

Peter

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147 Charl October 4, 2013 at 19:52

I live in South Africa. Have fertile soil but have battled to get moringa seeds going. Perhaps I must try horse manure. Thanks for a gr8 post. C

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148 Don October 5, 2013 at 14:59

I started googling moringa last winter and now Im hooked. Im convinced of its value to people, animals, and the planet. Unfortunately The zone I live in is not freindly for this tropical wonder tree. So Ive resorted to growing them in buckets/5 gal. I enjoy eating the leaves on a regular basis every couple weeks. But that has kept my plants at a 3′ height and I think its hindering the leaf production. A few questions I have to those that know from experience. How many extablished plants in planters 5 gal minimum do I need to get regular/weekly harvests? What size planters will alow the tree to grow pods? If I eat leaves from the plants regular basis will that stop flowering?…anyone?

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149 Natachasheldon October 9, 2013 at 14:29

I have one Moringa tree in my backyard. I have had it for two years. You say prolific I didn’t think so. Until today.
I was on site yesterday looking at your weed section for what constitutes a weed. This morning I was looking in my yard and looking down at the grass at all the different weights I had. And to my surprise guess what I found.
Moringa. It’s a groundcover.
Itsy-bitsy little pink flowers, Those tiny little beat pods that you can’t hardly see And the particularly The leaves. I went over to the Maringa tree. Double check the leaves. Compared them, Tasted them, Yep it’s the same thing.
So I picked myself a bunch of leaves with the flowers and the little Beanpots.
There in my sink now I put them in a little bit of water and I’m going to clean them after I write this email. Guess what we’re having as a side dish. My first ever true foraged side dish.

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150 Marjorie October 22, 2013 at 15:30

I am in awe of this website thanks for all this info.I live in Miramar Florida and just have to find where I can get a plants for potting. I live in an apt with a balcony

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151 Anita October 22, 2013 at 20:36

I ordered Moringa seeds from Amazon and rareseeds.com. Planted 16 from rareseeds and 15 sprouted. Nibbled on the sprouts and loved it. Tastes like watercress. Can’t wait for them to grow and add to salads, etc.
We’re in O’Brien (south of Lake City & Live Oak). I’m willing to pass along a few seeds if anyone is interested. Even willing to mail some as a trade for WILD Purslane seeds. (The yellow blooming one, not the pink blooms.)

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152 Danielle October 27, 2013 at 14:38

I think I have this tree in my back yard but how can I know for sure. Can I send you a picture and you can tell me please.

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153 Green Deane October 27, 2013 at 19:33

Sure, if I can.

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154 Cindy November 28, 2013 at 09:46

I am so in love with this tree & it’s world value. I have 2 + acres of open pasture in Sarasota Co. I have never seen one fully grown. How many per acre in the ground or in large pots of soil. We have a good water source.

Thanks in advance

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155 Betsy December 15, 2013 at 19:14

Hi, I just received some of the seeds from a family friend that had me start some of them for her because she was not able to propagate them. In return for getting them started she gave me some also. I can only say that after reading all the info on this tree I am excited to get one growing and harvest the leaves and pods from it. How long before it forms pods if anyone knows?

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156 Tom Broome December 22, 2013 at 23:01

I have been growing this species in my Lakeland nursery for about three years and have been trying to figure out what the best way would be to sell them. The young seedlings are so soft that they didn’t do so well when shipped. The stems easily get bent if not supported from the start and can make a not so great looking tree. It wasn’t until this season that I decided just to top off all the seed grown plants and let them branch out from the short main stem, and these plants are holding up a lot better. I’m very pleased how these are holding up now. They seem to do pretty well in containers, but for those who want to try this, it is interesting to note that these plants have a large carrot like taproot with little secondary roots while it is small. Starting in deeper pots instead of wider pots makes a fast,huge taproot that will help it grow even faster later on. Cutting the new growth back after 2 leaf nodes are produced helps make a bushier plant that will produce more leaf material within a height that can be easily reached. I like using the new leaves in a salad. I think older leaves get a little bitter and are better if cooked like greens. These are great plants, and I’m glad I already had greenhouses for me to grow these in.

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157 Bird February 24, 2014 at 15:39

ECHO farms in North Forth Myers, FL 33917, http://www.echonet.org, has lots of information on Moringa. They sell moringa seeds, plants and publications in the bookstore. An amazing place. I saw a demonstration on its benefits, quite extensive, and they had a simple large sun dryer that they made. Take a tour if you can. Their mission is to reduce hunger and improve lifes worldwide. I bought a bag of leaves, dried them in a paper bag and now sprinkle it my food. It doesn’t have a strong taste. I wish I had land to grow it in Sarasota.

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158 panooq March 4, 2014 at 02:47

My trees did really well last year, but they have to be grown as an annual here since they die each winter if left outside. I get my seeds off ebay, but there is usually some trouble trying to import them, so I stick with people selling them here in America.

It’s my favorite plant ever!

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159 Loumac March 8, 2014 at 12:48

Great article! I just orered my seeds and was wondering where to plant it in my yard here in Miami, Fl. You have convinced me to grow it in a pot. Thanks!

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160 Algis April 13, 2014 at 04:05

Which you can send Moringa seeds? Please write me an e-mail algis.ivasauskas @ gmail.com

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161 John April 13, 2014 at 04:39

Great article Dean, I have 4 of these beauties in my yard and like you said, they grown amzaingly quick! I planted mine 2 months ago at a foot high in the middle of our driest summer on record (Gold Coast QLD Aust) and they are now 7 foot tall after only watering them once after the intial watering when I planted them.
I juice heaps so I’ve started using them quite heavily and they are responding brillantly.
Thanks heaps for your wonderful knowledge and caring enough to share :-)
I’m about to buy a few Sweet leaf – sauropus androngynus’s and give them a go as well.
All the best from OZ
John

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162 Bob James March 19, 2013 at 22:30

My order from Amazon came from Thailand and I’m pleased to have one sprouting today. The seller sent 530 seeds and I’ve started, I hope, 30.

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163 sara September 4, 2013 at 00:24

I got some India moringa powder that says it’s “hygienically low temperature dried”. Is that considered radiated? Must it be dried with NO heat at all?

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