Growing Moringa from seeds
There are several ways that you can grow Moringa from its seeds. You may soak Moringa seeds for few days or the moment the pod is dry and plant them directly into the ground or in pottery. Moringa tree came from northern India but due to their nourishing value and fast growing in temperate zones, its popularity has spread to other areas of the world.
To put Moringa seeds in the ground
It is best to put the seeds suitably where the tree is intended to grow. The following steps should be followed carefully when planting Moringa seeds in the ground and they contain :
Selecting an area with sandy and light earth. Avoid clay or moist soil
Verify that the hole which you intend to plant the seed is a foot (30 cm) deep and width. Tamp straight back the loose soil (avoid filling the hole with compacted soil as they could prevent the seeds from sprouting nicely ). You can add manure to make the Moringa tree grow better although they can also flourish well within their growth even in poor soil.
Put three or four more seeds and ensure the space between them is about 5 cm
Water the seeds thoroughly and make sure that the area in which you’ve planted them has enough light and warm temperatures too to keep the top soil damp. However, you should avoid to over wetting the soil as the seeds will drown
When the saplings become 4 to 6 inches tall, they are healthy and more likely to survive. Remove those who fail to reach this peak and keep the saplings that reach these heights. Young saplings are more susceptible to termites and nematodes and they do not endure when affected.
Note : for tighter soils, compensate by making a deeper hole of about 3 feet and broader diameter of around 90 cm and include manure and partly light sand
To put Moringa seeds in plastic bags
It isn’t always possible to put Moringa seeds directly to the ground and when putting the seeds in plastic bags, use these measures :
Add light dirt mixture to the tote.
Plant two to three seeds in one plastic bag with a depth of 05 cm.
Water the seeds crops in the bag but avoid keeping them too damp to avoid them from getting drowned. The seeds will sprout within the following fourteen days.
Remove the fine seedlings and leave just one in each plastic bag
After four to six months, you are able to transplant the seedlings when they’re two to three ft high.
Transplant them in watered holes and at night or late afternoon to prevent the scorching day sunlight.
Water them sparsely within the 1st day or two.
The above procedures are extremely helpful in putting Moringa seeds and within its first year, the tree can grow to a height of three meters.