Many people call with questions about growing Moringa. Once upon a time, I was the only one who had seeds so I answered everyone’s questions. Now there are many people who sell Moringa seed but they don’t seem to have any experience growing Moringa so they don’t include growing instructions. I receive many calls from people who have other seed expecting me to be able to tell them how that seed will perform. Many people also think that all seed are the same so I must be able to predict how their seed will grow. I have tried many seed sources because I cannot grow the seed in my zone. I now get my seed from Nicaragua. It is much better than the seed I have gotten from India. In general, seed is only viable for 3 – 5 years depending on the plant. When buying seed always find out how old it is. Ask for growing instructions. If the seller does not have them, they may not know enough about Moringa to help you if things go wrong.
Spring is the time of year I get itchy fingers to start planting Moringa seeds. It’s really too soon for us here in San Diego. This year I had so much to do with the new website that I let the planting date wait. The seedlings are starting to leaf out in the greenhouses. With longer days, they are getting ready for the summer. Customers who have pre ordered their yearlings will be notified soon that they are being sent. We will be adding a new grower next week so there is lots of preparation going on. I always start seedlings that will be sold in this season at the shop and at the Farmer’s Market. They cannot be shipped as they do not have the bark on the root which makes the more hardy. This preparation requires soil to be prepared, compost to be woken from the winter sleep and worm tea to get prepared. I love this time of year. Stay tuned for the planting video I will make this summer.