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Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera)
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The leaves and fruits contain many vitamins and minerals, and have medical applications. The seeds purify water and contain a high content of oil.

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2 days

€ 3,00
Price per 10 seeds

 

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Common name
Miracle tree / Moringa tree

Origin:
Northwest-India

Minimum temperature
0 degC

Description:
The Moringa oleifera is also known as the ‘miracle tree’, because all parts of the plants can somehow be used and the leaves and fruits have a high nutritional value and a medicinal application. In developing countries the trees are often planted on plantations to counteract malnutrition. The species is quite drought tolerant and is therefore suitable to plant in Africa or India. The green, not fully developed fruits can be used in Asian dishes, whereas the seeds can be eaten as nuts or be processed into behen-oil (they contain 30-40% oil). The seeds also have a cleansing function, and can make contaminated water potable again. The flowers can be cooked and the leaves can be eaten like spinach. The leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals and can also be dried to make tea.

In nature the Moringa tree can grow to a maximum of 12 meters, but in temperate climates it can be kept as a container plant that needs to be protected against frost. It will therefore stay a lot smaller, although the plant grows relatively fast. It prefers a sandy soil and a stand in the sun. Originally the plant grows in the southern parts of the Himalaya, in northwestern India.

Sowing description:
Soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water, after which they can be sown in sowing mix. Keep the soil constantly moist (but not wet) and let the seeds germinate in a warm spot (20-25 degC). Germination occurs often within a few weeks.

Sowing time:
Whole year

Level of difficulty:
Intermediate

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Rita de Bruijn - 10-06-2019 13:07

Ik heb Moringa zaden gezaaid in een kweekbak en nu komen er mooie kiemen. Wie kan mij advies geven over het planten en de voortgang? Ik vrees dat het in een Nederlandse tuin niet echt succesvol is om te planten. Beter in een pot en 's winters binnen zetten?

Davidboaz - 29-07-2018 12:49

Ook hier succes; op 25 juli gezaaid, de 29ste al ontkiemd. Voordeel is wellicht de uitzonderlijke warmte van de afgelopen dagen/ weken. Ben benieuwd hoe de boom zich ontwikkeld. Zou leuk zijn om foto’s te kunnen plaatsen! Groet uit Zwolle.

Richard.F - 23-05-2018 17:28

De Moringa oleifera zaden (2 stuks) op 19 mei in een potje gezaaid (nadat ze 2 dagen in water hadden gelegen) En nu (de 23ste mei) zijn ze al aan het groeien. Jammer dat ik hier geen foto's kan plaatsen.

Jermain - 29-12-2016 23:09

Goede kwaliteit zaden na 2 weken zijn er al 7 van de 10 ontkiemt

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