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Moringa oleifera

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Brigitte starts with ...
Does anyone know if Moringa Oleifera would grow in arid conditions, i.e. Broken Hill if a permanent water source is nearby?
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Extreme heat might be a slight problem, you can get around this with irrigation and shelter.
Frost around BH is going to be the bigger problem, more likely to stop you growing perennial plants.
It can be grown as an annual crop. BH should have a long growing season, and its in the climate zone for mango production, so climate should be ok if you can deal with extremes.
I would enquire about frost at BH.
If you are only growing a small crop, shade or poly houses may help.
What project are you involved with ?
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Brigitte says...
Thank you for your feedback.
We want to use the Moringa Oleifera because of its deep root and ability to bring up water/minerals. It will be used within biodiverse setting. I am involved in project re-vitalising semi-arid area. Water is available.
Re frost, it is night frost that occurs occasionally. Around 6 days over winter. It can get down to -3 degrees, but normal winter minimum is around +5 degrees.
Will the tree be affected under these conditions?
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Mark Reese [A Healthy Leaf] says...
Brigitte,

I think Moringa is a great choice for your desired use. Frost can kill all green growth on the tree but larger stems and branches can survive frost. Temps below freezing will kill the tree back to the roots and will make it necessary to put straw or otherwise protect the roots. As long as the freezing temps don't persist I think you will be ok. Each year Moringa can grow back from just the roots incredibly fast.
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