Drum stick Plant


April 18, 2017 at 11:31 am | Horticulture Plant | No comment

Moringa oleifera, known popularly as drumstick tree, is a tropical plant grown for its nutritious leafy-greens, flower buds, and mineral-rich green fruit pods. It is a well-recognized member in the Moringaceae family of trees, and thought to be originated in the sub-Himalayan forests of the Indian subcontinent. It possesses horseradish-like root and, hence, known to the western world as horseradish tree. Their young, tender seed pods are popular as murnga in Tamil, and malunggay in Philippines. The drumstick crop is widely distributed in Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia, Cuba, Egypt and Jamaica.

Moringa is a drought tolerant, medium-sized, evergreen tree that prefers warm, frost-free climates to flourish. Its tender leaves and twigs can be harvested at any time from a well-established, 1.5 to 2 meters tall plant. Taller plants bear cream-white, small size flowers in clusters throughout the season, which subsequently develop into long slender dark-green, three-sided, edible seedpods with tapering ends. Each pod measures about 6-18 inches in length with constrictions at the seed nodes giving them a typical drumstick-like appearance. Inside, each pod features fleshy pulp and round pea-sized seed encased inside a wing-shaped coat (hull).

Description


Soil

Moringa/Drumstick can be grown on wide range of soils. However, the best yield can be obtained in well-drained sandy or loamy soil.

Climate

The drumstick/moringa crop is grown mainly in dry and arid climatic conditions. It can also be cultivated in semiarid, tropical, and subtropical regions of the world.

Season of planting

Can be Plant in any season

Scientific Name

Moringa oleifera

Plant age Limit

Up to 10 to 15 years.

Density

10 x12 Feet

Variety

Coimbatore 2, P.K.M 1 and P.K.M 2

Weight

Length of each sick is 45 to 75 cm.

Harvesting

the first harvest can take place 6–8 months after planting.