They are so tiny you may not see them in the pictures. I feel like a new mom! In an earlier post on Moringa Seeds and Leaves I mentioned how last winter I was given seeds and no matter how I tried they would not sprout. I had two trees that I wanted to focus my attention on this year; the Moringa and the Camellia Sinensis (Tea Leaves). I tried all different ways to get these seeds to sprout. The Camellia Sinensis could take 6 weeks or longer to sprout which is a long time to wait for nothing to happen. Talk about watching a pot!
The year is not over yet and round two. Noticing that the Moringa Sprouted this time around diminishes my disappointment experienced from the first attempt. Not a loss of effort though as I think I have more understanding of the seeds. Something had to have been gained by all the focus, right?
Once again I soaked the seeds in two ways. One with shell on and one with shell peeled. I began with shells on and soaked them for 24 hours before planting them in sand. I used small boxes of sand and just submerged them. They were then placed in a small, and I mean small, tabletop green house in the hottest sun #yyj has received this year. That was not my intention and I worried that they would bake in there. Upon taking them out and digging one or two up I noticed they had sprouted. Hallelujah. This took about 10 days.
Watching these pots and not seeing any upward sprouting I decided to peel the shells on some more seeds and soak them. After 24 hours these have been placed in the tabletop greenhouse and are now resting in sand. I am curious to see if these sprout too.
For me it is exciting to observe these plants and learn more about them. I hope to experience them grow tall enough to grow their infamous pea pods that are so abundant and nutritious that they are being naturalized in countries that lack both of these; food and nutrition. It is my experience that with increased nutrition there is decreased addiction. Could this be an angle to focus on with support in our own community? I would like to explore this as a new table vegetable for myself as well.
Stay tuned, my living room may be full of Moringa Trees this winter. Maybe I have to dream in a shared greenhouse that someone is not using?
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