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Growing moringa O/drumstick tree in Melbourne

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juanita starts with ...
Has anyone in melbourne grown drumstick tree in the ground successfully? I need your helpful advice pls!
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Linton says...
Hi Juanita

tried growing a moringa tree here in the s.e. suburbs last summer. But it died in the pot fairly quickly after I received it. I'm fairly sure they can't be grown in Melbourne.
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juanita says...
Hi Linton...My moringa dies in winter & pushes new growth again in early summer around december...i got this one for 3-4yrs now, still thriving but not gettin any bigger (dwarf size).
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abear says...
I'm in Melbourne and about to try growing one from seed. I plan to keep indoors/ greenhouse in winter and will maintain it as a small bush size -if I have a choice in this climate- I will give deep, compost rich but not over fertilised, well drained soil and keep humid, bright light or direct sun, and well ventilated. I will keep you posted. We can grow a lot of things here in Melbourne's diverse climate but tropicals are a big stretch most of the time. Still, we always want what we can't have!
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juanita says...
My potted moringa tree is thriving very slow & still alive
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Mike says...
I was thinking about crossing a chicken with a centipede so I would have lots of drumsticks.Seriously my little drumstick is booming in my climate andf the top half is destined for mulch patrol.
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Bincy says...
Hi Juanita,
How is your moringa plant now? I started a few plants from seeds. A couple of them have yellow leaves and not looking great. 2 plants are growing, but a few curled leaves too. They are in pots. Do you have any advice for me on how to protect them in winter, fertlising, etc. I come to know that moringa needs very little watering. Is this true when we grow them in Melbourne too?
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Naveena says...
Hi Juanita and Bincy,
I live in melbourne and am trying to grow Moringa tree from seed too. Can you please let me know your success rate?
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Bincy says...
You can grow them from seeds. They will germinate, but will die during the winter. My plants died in winter though I kept them under eaves, but one is now growing new shoots. It will not be a tree as in tropics, but a potted plant.
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Naveena says...
Thank you Bincy, we south Indian love moringa leaves in our cooking. Even if it is a potted plant and survives winters I would be happy:)
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rubyb says...
Hi, Bincy. Where do you get Moringa seeds from? Thanks.
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Julie says...
I bought mine on eBay. Don't remember the seller, but I think a few people have them.
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Bincy says...
I bought it online from Fairdinkum seeds.
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hmahboob1 says...
My Moringa tree in Sydney is very healthy, lot of flowers and leaves. I have cut branches to harvest leaves. But no pods in sight! Any idea why I am not getting any pods from all these flowers. My plant is about 4 years old. Thank you.
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Bincy says...
May be lack of bees/pollination. The flowers are edible too. if the flowers are falling, you can pick them and cook too with some grated coconut.
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Kuotakid says...
Hi all, I was wondering where abouts in Melbourne I could buy a Moringa seedling or young tree? I will be in Melbourne next week.
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Linton says...
How do you munch on Moringa Pods?

Got these drumstick pods and now I have no idea how to use them. I read that you can munch on the baby pods fresh off the tree and also that a drink can be made from them. Has anyone got any good recipes or hints about how to prepare them? Do you have to skin them first or can you eat the skins too? Thanks.
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Linton
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JulianC says...
Do light peeling to remove the harder ridges and cut into segments. Then cook in stews or dhalls or curries. When you eat it, you basically just eat the seeds which is soft and slurpy inside and spit out the pods.

I see that you're in Noble Park and I'm considering germinating one. Could you share on how to grow the Moringa throughout winter?
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Linton says...
Thanks for the info JulianC, greatly appreciated.

Sorry but I don't have any experience in growing a Moringa tree through Winter as those pods were bought from the fruit shop. Was recently given a Moringa plant to try growing and I expect Winter will be difficult. I think that keeping them dry so they don't rot will be the key. Cheers!
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