Plants – How to Grow and Use Moringa oleifera/Drumstick Tree

This year, as I was browsing information on heirloom seeds, my interest was piqued by an amazing plant/tree, native to India, known by the name of Moringa, or Drumstick Tree. After reading through the health benefits found in this plant, I searched out seeds and located a source. I almost felt I was in possession of Jack-in-the-Beanstalk’s magic beans when I opened the packet; large, amazing seeds lay in the palm of my hand, dark brown/black with papery wings. I was thankful for the instructions: soak in very warm water for three days, changing the water frequently. I followed the instructions and was amazed at how fast they sprouted.

Because I started several seeds, I have half a dozen sprouts, and they are plant-like already; their growth rate is phenomenal, I am able to grow them in several different conditions to see what suits them best.

I’ll grow one in the house. I’ll need to pot it up soon as I’ve read they develop a long tap root and I want it to have room to expand.

One is planted in a container on my patio. I have two more to plant in my outdoor gardens. I’m excited about growing these and the harvests of leaves and seeds I hope to gather from them.

In the meantime, I am enjoying this amazing tea. It’s delicious and it gives me double satisfaction in knowing I am doing my body good.

The video below is excellent with tips on the health benefits of the plant and how to grow them best.  Beneath the video is an excellent link with information on Moringa.

Benefits and Side Effects of Moringa

5 thoughts on “Plants – How to Grow and Use Moringa oleifera/Drumstick Tree

  1. Timelesslady

    I believe I first heard of it through Baker Creek Rare Seeds. I purchased them and then recognized the name on a box of tea
    in my local grocery store. I’m really excited about the plant and the nutrition it will provide.

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  2. Hi Kathy and Faye,
    The moringa tree is native to India, Sri Lanka and countries of the far east-the moringa leaf and fruit are a part of our daily diet and is a good source of iron and fiber.
    As a matter of fact, I have two trees here that I grew from stems( they grow remarkably well from fallen stems too)-the trees provide shelter to a lot of birds – the birds love sitting on the stems. The moringa tea, I am not a fan of but we have various dishes we make with the leaves- and the leaves are supposed to be a powerhouse of everything good.
    I will send you a picture of my own tree in an email.
    Susie

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  3. Timelesslady

    Oh Susie, that is wonderful information…thank you. I drink the tea in a mix of green tea with mint and I believe it is ginger. It is delicious. I will have to remember you recommendation and when I begin to harvest my own leaves I will always mix them with another tea ingredient for better taste. I will add your photo to the post when you send it. Thanks so much! Kathy

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