Using Moringa as fertilizer

sprouting moringa seeds

I’ve heard about using moringa for nutritional deficiencies – but what about using moringa for fertilizer? It makes sense to me, since if it contains lots of nutrition for the human body, it would also contain lots of nutrition for plant life.

using moringa as fertilizer

Using moringa as fertilizer makes sense

I’m always on the lookout for alternative fertilizers – especially considering some of our traditional organic options have been poisoned by Big Ag (see my article on toxic manure).

Knowing that the moringa tree is a highly productive and extremely nutritious food for people, I wondered if perhaps it might also be a good amendment for plants.

The answer is yes! Check this out:

http://www.tfljournal.org/files/Moringa%20for%20fodder%20&%20spray%20%28screen%29.pdf

“Recently a new benefit of Moringa was suggested: the leaves seem to contain a substance that stimulates plant growth and increases crop production. Several years ago, Mr. Nikolaus Foidl came across a referenceto a study by a Mr. Singh of India. It said that an extract from Moringa leaves seemed to stimulate the growth of plants.

Mr. Foidl and his colleagues tested the process with various crops and refined the protocol. They have successfully applied the formula to large-scale farming.”

It seems more experiments are in order.

I’ve been using moringa as a chop and drop fertilizer in my my gardens and my food forest and it seems to help; however, I haven’t tried moringa as a liquid fertilizer.

We do drink moringa tea when we get sick – it seems the plants like it as much as our bodies.

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10 comments

  • That… now THAT is some cool news.

    And growing it as a field crop. Way cool idea.

  • Totally. Protein = nitrogen, so Moringa is good stuff on that front.

    I may have access to more seeds soon, since the trees I planted in S. FL are now blooming. We shall see. Pod set has been non-existent for me thus far.

  • So on the To Do list: find a way to get Moringa to bloom this far north. I guess if you kept a few in a greenhouse it might work, but these things seem to love growing tall.

    • Yeah. I've had mine bloom but they aren't setting pods. A friend here grew one from seed last year… and it bloomed and produced a single pod which ripened before frost. The ones I protected have big trunks and are looking great – maybe this will be the year.

  • Grow the pkm1 variety. That's the one my mom is growing now. It bloomed last month(planted from seeds in Feb this year). They are said to bloom in 6 or so months, so you should be able to harvest some pods before the first frostt comes. eBay has them for quite cheap, other site that sell them is more expensive for the same amount that the seller on eBay is offering.

  • As the Moringa leaves yellow in the late summer and fall, I strip them off and drop them around my fruit trees and herbs for light mulch/green fertilizer. I have fresh seeds for cultivation available for sale on my website HendryCreekHideaway.com

  • I live in Maui and Moringa is planted in just about every locals backyard. Ye, we use all parts to eat but recently heard about agroforestation technique of copicing this plant. So easy to propagate from cuttings. In 6 months my parent tree grows from 5 to 30+feet. Multiple stems about 3 inches in diameter. Then I cut them down, remove the leaves, chomp on the growing tip, delicious…potent. then chop the branches into 3 – 4 foot lengths and poke a hole in the ground, no special prep, water, and in about two weeks, they start sprouting leaves? Rooting is fast. I just hacked down two branches and cut it into 8 stems to plant. I just line them up next to my other fruit trees. They are nitrogen fixers. So, i plant to eat the shoots, trim the leaves to about 5 feet tall, and drop them around plants for fertilizer. Creation of the perfect cycle sine you dont have to fertilize moringa. Recipe: 6 chicken thighs, ginger, squash, salt, pepper. Boil. When squash is soft, add handfulls of moringa leaf, flowers. If adding beans, add them early.

    Deliciouss, medicinal superfood, soup for health and the bonus, it tastes great. Locals add green papaya instead of squash, this soup is called chicken papaya in Hawaii. Enjoy.

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