The moringa oleifera (malunggay) plant is a fast-growing tree that can grow up to 3 meters in its first year. Moringa trees grow well in the tropical climate of the Philippines.
We have started transplanting the young moringa plants that we have grown in our nursery. By now the moringa plants are 4 to 6 weeks old and some are already more than 30 cm in height. Before transplanting the moringa seedlings, we brought the seedlings outside the nursery to expose them gradually to direct sunlight.
|These young moringa plants are ready for transplanting!|
|We added vermicompost and mixed it with the fresh topsoil around the hole. We then used this mixture to fill the pit. Fresh topsoil has beneficial microbes that promotes effective root growth.|
We planted each moringa seedling at a distance of about 2m x 2m to encourage good leaf foliage. Once we have planted all our moringa seedlings and seeds, we might be able to plant other crops in between rows.
After transplanting the moringa seedlings, we water them three times a day, especially since the rainy season has not started yet. Water management is important for the survival, growth, and development of the moringa seedlings.