Well, here we are at one of the intensive
Moringa plots being grown for leaf production, but I thought one thing will be interesting
to show you is what the roots of a Moringa tree look like. We talked about the tap root
and here are some trees that I planted 3 months ago. You can see the size of them already,
they’re doing extremely well. The same techniques in cultivating this land, I’ve shown in a
short video on how to plant a Moringa tree. What I’m going to show you in this intensive
cultivation is still the size of the root of a Moringa trees. I’m just going to pick
a tree at random. We’ll take this tree and I’m going to cut it off about a foot from
the base. Okay. This is the size of tree we’re talking
about. All right, pretty good size tree. Now, we’re going to dig up the root and I’m going
to show you what the size of a root is on a Moringa tree. I’m 6 feet tall, we cut it
about a foot from the base so this tree was about 8 feet tall. I’m going to go get my
shovel and we’ll show you what that root looks like.
Okay, got the shovel. That’s what the Moringa tree looks like underground, you can see the
large tuberous tap root. A couple of side roots coming off. Obviously it went deeper
into the ground, but that root got clipped, but that gives you an idea of the size of
a Moringa tree root for a 7-8 foot plant. Now, one thing so neat about these Moringa
trees, again, this plant is about 3 months old, one thing so neat is that this root is
really hardy. Even though we clipped this tree, we’re going to take that branch off,
you’ll noticed how easily these branches snapped off. If you go ahead and put this in some
soil, prepared like I showed on the video, these root stocks will take off and you will
have a Moringa tree that has months head start on a seed or a seedling. So, just another
way to propagate Moringa, you can start from a seed, you can start from a seedling, or
we can ship root stock to you and you can plant that in the ground and get the biggest
head start of all. This is the root stock from the tree we harvested
just 4 and a half weeks earlier. We did let this root stock sit outside for 4 days to
simulate shipping and then we planted it into the ground. 4 weeks later after planting,
we have 7 lateral stems coming out of the main cut stem and some of those stems are
already approaching 3/8 of an inch in diameter. We’re very pleased with the growth of this
root stock and think you will be too if you’re looking for the biggest head start you can
get planting your Moringa.