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Moringa Oleifera

We 'hatch' these Moringa plants from seed, incubate them for about 3 weeks, and then nurture them in organic soil until they are about 200 mm high. Some we use as nutrient-rich food ourselves but the better quality plants we sell so others can also enjoy the benefits of this remarkable plant

Some Moringa leaves will yellow and fall off during autumn so it's quite normal to see these from time to time. We allow them to fall and let them fertilise the ground around the roots. There will be plenty of new Moringa growth to replace this natural moribundity

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Young Moringa Oleifera in Yanimon's NZ Garden

If we expect high quality health benefits from the Moringa Oleifera tree then we need to attend to the quality of the plant's environment as the health benefit depend on the degree of sunshine exposure the plant receives during the growth phase, the quality of the water it gets, the soil richness, and the freshness of the harvested leaves

In NZ it's best to grow Moringa trees in a protected area. Large containers are okay but in a greenhouse environment may be better. We have one in a tunnel house which is surviving quite well, unlike those that were out in the garden which are looking a tad unhappy at present!

Black polythene ground cover where you plant temperature-sensitive plants can raise the soil temperature by 3 to 5 degrees celsius, as well as reducing weed growth, so maybe consider that possibility when planting Moringa Oleifera trees

In a warm climate moringa can easily grow to 5 metres high and 3-4 metres wide unless pruned back. It will grow happily providing there is gentle sunshine, deep rich composted loose soil for its roots to explore, and a well drained location. It also appreciates regular watering during dry spells

Used as Food

All of the tree can be used as food apart from the roots, and even that is used in some cultures abroad. Once the young tree is established, after about 2 months, it's possible to harvest a few small branches when you need them. Use them immediately for maximum freshness but drying the leaves for a herbal beverage is often done. When dry grind the leaves and thinner stems to powder and store in an airtight jar. A teaspoon can be added to breakfast muesli or similar food


The Moringa Oleifera root system is delicate and will rot in waterlogged soil. For the same reason it does not grow well in heavy clay soil. It also dislikes strong wind and frost, so where you plant your Moringa tree is important. In colder areas a frost cloth will be necessary during cold spells


Moringa Oleifera Pests

Our experience is that the white cabbage 'flutterby' caterpillar is a high risk when growing these trees out in the open garden. Once the shrub is established the growth rates seems to outpace the caterpillars' appetite, but we make regular checks to 'soap off' any eggs we spot, and remove the green caterpillars

The cabbage 'flutterby' caterpillar likes to 'chill out' in the warm sunshine after a good feed so it's easy to remove them during afternoon sunshine when it's caterpillar siesta time!

Our Moringa Store

We often have Moringa Oleifera plants in stock during Spring and Summer. When that occurs I will advertise them here on this page. We can freight these to you within New Zealand, but we don't send offshore or overseas

James | Yanimon's Garden James at Yanimon's NZ Garden