Friday, August 21, 2009

Moringa Transplant Mistake

This is just a warning to anyone that thinks its a good idea to repot a Moringa too early. I have tried this on both stenopetala and oleifera and both times it failed brilliantly. When young, these plants seem to hate and interference with their roots. Whether they are completely bareroot or still have a large amount of soil clinging they do not transplant well. The day after this picture was taken both plants are completely wilted and drooped over.

I included this picture just for reference. These plants are just under 3 weeks old. Their taproot had reached the bottom of the pot so I decided to try transplanting. I don't know if it would have worked if I put them in water directly after uprooting. I don't want to try because I only have a limited number of seedlings. None of the plants have died but they loose all of their leaves and after about two weeks growth has not resumed.

UPDATE: here are the seedlings a day later. :(
UPDATE:  The plants eventually recovered.  Don't leave them bare root too long and they'll be fine.  If you can't replant immediately keep them submerged in water.


  1. Hmm, my moringa which was grown aquaponically looks a lot differnet than yours. Mine look lanky and have less leaves. They were grown aquaponically under artificial lights. I guess that's why...

    BTW, I too have an interest in obtaining an engineering degree in Ontario.

  2. It probably has to due with the intensity of the light. If you're not sure what stream you'd like to go into, Western is one of the few Universities that has a common engineering first year. Then you can pick mechanical, civil, software, etc. for second year. I can't really recommend Western over any where else because I've only ever gone here....

  3. Hi, I was wondering where you got the seeds from. I am interested in growing it as well.

  4. I got my Moringa stenopetala seeds from but they have some really competative prices on ebay. You can find many Moringa oleifera suppliers there as well.

  5. My local nursery carries a Dr. Q product for plant shock. This helps a lot. Be careful soaking them in water, they don't like their feet wet for long and root rot sets in. Happy growing!
    Annie C

  6. Thanks for the info! Definitely worth a try in the future.

  7. why would you leave them bare root in the first place?... that's pretty stupid. And it is well known that moringa likes dry sandy soil, so growing them aquaponically is even more...ah, nevermind, you're name is confuzedd :)))

  8. Two of my seedlings were bare root for five minutes because the soil completely fell away from the tuber. Although Moringa are native to sandy soils, they may be grown in a wide range of environments. I also wasn't suggesting I would grow them aquaponically. I would have placed them in water for the time between soil removal and replanting to reduce stress. That being said, they have been grown successfully hydroponically (

    I'm going to assume that you're cynical and full of yourself because you clearly haven't done your research. Maybe try a website called 'google' next time you post a scathing comment. I also love the use of arbitrary capitalization, punctuation and a triple mouthed attempt at an emoticon.


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