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Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:29:16 PM »
Can someone explain the different varieties of Moringa?  What's the difference between ovallifolia and stenopetala?  The benefits of PKM-I and PKM-II?  If I want to plant Moringa and keep the trunk around 5 feet high, like a hedge, but don't want to have to replant every 3-4 years, what variety should I plant?  The Moringa I tasted had a "powerful" taste.  Which one tastes the best? 

A friend lost all of his Moringa trees to Hurricane Isaac related flooding; it is not flood tolerent, so plant it high. 
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Re: Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 09:09:31 PM »
You should call ECHO with your questions and post the answers for all of us!

I believe PKM-1 is from India. That's the most I know.
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Re: Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 11:13:50 PM »

PKM-1 is indeed from India. It is a hybrid variety developed by Coimbatore Agriculture University in Tamil Nadu, South India. It can be raised as a container plant. You can get seeds from www.seedsofindia.com. You can learn more about different varieties at http://www.drumsticksindia.com/aboutus/varieties.htm.
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Re: Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2013, 01:38:35 AM »
Can someone explain the different varieties of Moringa?  What's the difference between ovallifolia and stenopetala?  The benefits of PKM-I and PKM-II?  If I want to plant Moringa and keep the trunk around 5 feet high, like a hedge, but don't want to have to replant every 3-4 years, what variety should I plant?  The Moringa I tasted had a "powerful" taste.  Which one tastes the best? 

A friend lost all of his Moringa trees to Hurricane Isaac related flooding; it is not flood tolerent, so plant it high.


Followed Katie's advice and searched ECHO's archives.

Moringa Stenopetala is from Africa and known as the African Moringa.  PKM-1 is a selected variety that grows quickly and can produce seed pods in less than a year.  PKM-2 is an improvement over PKM-1.  PKM-2 has more lateral branching (desireable for more leaf producting within hands reach) and a seedpod with more flesh than seeds.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/CAFC0D87-129B-4DDA-B363-9B9733AAB8F1/edn96_for_web.pdf
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Re: Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2013, 02:18:51 AM »
You can grow the standard Moringa and cut it back to a stump, and it will grow back fast.   PKM-1 is supposed to produce pods sooner, be a more compact tree, and have uniform pod size.  I also read that it has a shorter life span, something like 3 years or so, but I would like to confirm that.

In some places Moringa is grown like a veggie crop, they plant the seed, and harvest the leaves after a few months.   I planted a PKM-1 in the front yard,  I should have direct planted the seed  instead of transplanting because it got set back, but it is growing. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 04:29:21 PM »

In India, the leaves of the Moringa tree, the flowers as well as the pods are eaten. The PKM-2 variety is new and is said to be even better than PKM-1.  PKM-1 does have a shorter life span.

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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013, 07:39:41 PM »
I have two pkm-1 trees.  To be sure, it is a moringa selection, not a hybrid.  My unnamed moringa does fine with aggressive pruning to keep it 5ft tall.  However I found out the hard way it is not suitable for a hedge, at least where I live.  Winds wind regularly strip this tree of leaves in the winter.  It comes back eventually but it is not good as a hedge unless you mind not having a functional hedge for some months.

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Re: Moringa Varieties - Miracle Tree
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013, 10:28:19 PM »
I have two pkm-1 trees.  To be sure, it is a moringa selection, not a hybrid.  My unnamed moringa does fine with aggressive pruning to keep it 5ft tall.  However I found out the hard way it is not suitable for a hedge, at least where I live.  Winds wind regularly strip this tree of leaves in the winter.  It comes back eventually but it is not good as a hedge unless you mind not having a functional hedge for some months.

Before the "Moringa as a superfood craze" it was often just planted as a live fence,  A couple would be planted, then when coppiced, the tree would push out long straight branches, which could be used for fence posts, they often would grow also, when stuck in the ground.  I remember years back telling farmers they could eat the leaves on those tree, and also remember them looking at me funny.    now its hard to find a Moringa tree with road access that has any leaves on it.
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