The Best Method For Germinating Moringa Seeds

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The Best Method For Germinating Moringa Seeds

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Published by Jollean Smith in Garden · 28 February 2022
Tags: MoriginaSeedsGerminationDwarfBakersCreek

I recently found some Dwarf Moringa seeds at Bakers Creek Seeds. As a person who loves drying foods to put into smoothies, I was really excited to grow this green leafy protein powerhouse tree.

When the seeds arrived in the mail I was excited to get started and eager not to waste them with poor germination. To prepare, I began reseaching how to germinate Moringa seeds. What I found is, that there were so many different ways people were using to germinate their seeds. Then as I read blogs and watched videos, the comments would be full of people who claimed even more methods for germinating. So I decided I would take the most mentioned methods and experiment with them. The results were interesting!

These were the most mentioned methods.
1. Soak the seeds for 24 hours.
2. Soak the seeds for 2 hours.
3. Nick the seeds and soak 2 hours.

So I tested all three methods, plus one. I just flat out planted the seeds with no nick and no soak. I planted three of each method. Timing it out so all the seeds would be done their process and ready for planting on the same day.

What was interesting was that the no nick and no soak seed appeared first. Then slowly along the way, the 24 hour soak and the no nick 2 hour soaked seeds started to appear as well. By the end of it all, here was the results.

1. Soak the seed for 24 hours - 100% germination.
2. Soak for 2 hours no nick - 100% germination.
3. Nick the seed and soak for 2 hours - 0% germination.
4. Direct plant, no nick, no soak - 100% germination and the fastest to germinate.

What did this little experiment tell me?
That there is no need to waste time on soaking in order to get the best germination for Moringa Seeds. Also, nicking the seeds can actually hurt your germination. Simply plant the seed in some pre moistened potting soil and wait. It took 14 days for all seeds to germinate.

This is why I love gardening folks, always something to test and learn on!

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