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Discovery Channel Documentary - Moringa Oleifera "Miracle Tree"

One of my favorite trees :-)

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Comment by Lissa on December 15, 2013 at 5:05

Can you post a pic of the whole tree Ania? To give us some idea of eventual size.

Comment by Ania on December 14, 2013 at 23:00
I watched an interesting YouTube clip of a man who grew very successful Moringa trees at a very fast rate using goat manure, despite the claims that they enjoy arid, infertile soils. One guy showed he grew proper looking little trees within 1 month from seed. Fascinating plant.
Comment by Ania on December 14, 2013 at 22:56
I will stop weeding out the next 'Maybe Moringa' seedlings I see and plant them in pots incase it's Moringa for giveaway (once its ID'd). Can't hurt. It's clear that the long ago previous property owners liked planting edible trees, there are a fair few old fruit trees down the far back - really old loquat, mulberry, macadamia and mango. A not so distant "pruning" - lopping? - project ahead in itself a daunting concept.
Comment by Lissa on December 14, 2013 at 16:47

http://www.moringa-oleifera.com.au/a/moringa_oleifera_australia_asia

80-100 seed are $15. Be ok if you were planting a plantation :/

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 13, 2013 at 6:16

The greenery looks to be sparse, it's not a spreading tree. If there's seedlings, I'd love some. My one tree probably won't set seed unless there's other trees to cross-pollinate with. Putting my hand up for some seeds!

Comment by Lissa on December 13, 2013 at 4:42

If they turn out to be definately Moringa seedlings will collect some from you Ania. One for me and some to share.

I have a memory of seeing a tree with a very large trunk during my last bout of research on this tree. My main concern in a small garden. It's ok to say "keep it small" but sometimes other duties take our time and the garden can get out of control.

Comment by Ania on December 13, 2013 at 0:30
Lissa I pull the seedlings out from my pots ALL the time, I will pot a few up next time I see them. The seed pots are littering the ground.
Comment by Ania on December 13, 2013 at 0:29
Unbelievable tree!! I am 99.9 percent sure we have a huge one, old, it's dark so I can't check. We were planning to cut it down! Wow. Can't wait to check tomorrow and eat it. :D
Comment by Lissa on December 12, 2013 at 18:06

Would it be possible to get a cutting from you Elaine?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 12, 2013 at 16:57

What an eye-opener! Thank you for posting it Jake. Now I look at my tree with different eyes. I tried the leaves but they were old leaves and didn't seem palatable; the woman who harvests a ton at a time uses quite new leaves. Makes sense! 

One thing I've observed is the beneficial effect of the tree on the other 2 plants growing in the same bed. It is on the side of the hill and the soil is nothing special, I've not added anything to it in 12 months except for some Organic Xtra then and watering the PawPaw but not the Lemon Grass nor the Moringa.

The Lemon Grass is the more rare one that doesn't get rust and I shoved the tiny piece I bought from Green Harvest in the ground and forgot about it. Right now it is a clump 1 metre across and flourishing. The Paw Paw is beginning to fruit. I've read about some legumes which do influence in a positive way, the trees they grow beside. All 3 are flourishing and it's not just since the rain, it started to be noticeable well before the rain. I reckon that the Moringa is doing more than just potentially providing us with some natural vitamins and minerals - it is helping the other 2 plants to survive and thrive.

Reading on this forum that new plants can be made from small billets of branches, I see a liklihood of more Moringas growing in places where nothing much else grows.

No pods so far, although it flowered last season. With only the 1 tree it may not be self-fertile although a lot of legumes are self-fertile.

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