Seed saving – Moringa oleifera
by Maria Page
Many are reporting that 2017 has been a good year for Moringa seed production! But now people are asking what to do with the seeds. Firstly harvest and keep them safe until the weather warms and then share them or plant them! From my experience this is what I recommend.
- Harvest pods when they are brown and dry on the tree; they usually snap off easily at the stem.
- Remove the seeds from the pod and place on a tray in a warm, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
- Ensure any insects and immature or very small seeds are removed. (Mature seeds are brown while immature ones are a pale colour)
- Once the wings on the seeds are dry enough to come away with gentle rubbing, you can continue to clean them before storing. Or you can choose to leave the wings on; they just take up more space and if there are critters in there it is a better environment for them to thrive.
- Seeds can then be stored in a cool, dark place in whatever container you choose. (jar, ziplock bag, envelope, paper bag) The aim is to keep moisture and light out and keep them away from mice. They have a short shelf-life and it is recommended to plant them the next warm season.
- Don’t freeze seeds (a method used to kill any bugs or eggs) as they are oily seeds. (Similar to papaya and Ceylon spinach seeds)
Plant seeds in pots during Spring when the soil temperature warms (possibly another article to follow).
Note: To Moringa Growers
If you are keen to learn more about growing Moringa oleifera and be part of an informal group that shares and learns from one another, please email me your interest. We meet a couple of times a year to exchange ideas and information. It is by invitation and the next one will be in early September 2017 somewhere in the Noosa Hinterland or Gympie area.
To email Maria, click on this link: maria page