Thursday, February 28, 2013

Protecting moringa trees from frost

I've posted on moringa before and mentioned that I protect them from frost with a ring of chicken wire stuffed with leaves or straw or pine needles or whatever.

This is how I do it:

Can you make out the moringa tree in all that mess? Though the top of this tree is now roasted by frost (this picture is from December of last year), the trunk is fine and keeps putting out new growth during warm stretches. We're probably home free at this point of the year, so it's about time to pull the chicken wire off and spread the pine needles around my blueberries.

I would venture to say you could grow Moringa trees through most of Georgia with this method - the species is very tough, provided it doesn't get frozen. If I lived that far north, however, I'd probably cut the tree lower, make a larger diameter ring of chicken wire, then pile on plenty of leaves as a thick blanket. It's definitely worth the effort.

The trees that I've protected produce a significantly higher amount of leaves than the ones I allow to freeze to the ground. It only takes a few minutes to do - and the results are excellent.

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At August 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

I live in a zone 7b in georgia, I've just bought a small moringa tree and I wonder if this method could really protect it? I was planning on taking it inside for the winter but would this also work?

At August 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Good question. If I were in your shoes, I'd take it inside this winter (but make sure it gets as much sun as possible), then take cuttings next year and start a bunch. Out of those new trees, plant some in the yard and give it a try. They have almost no frost tolerance, so 7b would be a stretch; however, you may indeed pull it off.

Experimentation is the only thing that will give you a good answer.

At November 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah, where did you buy the tree in ATL area?

At February 20, 2015 at 5:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can buy seeds on Amazon


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