Drumstick, Moringa Oleifera - Plant

Drumstick is one of the famous vegetable crop in India.Though the origin of drumstick is India, due to its medical uses it has reached other countries also.
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About Drumstick

Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India but widely cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.

The tree itself is rather slender, with drooping branches that grow to approximately 10m in height. In cultivation, it is often cut back annually to 1 to 2 meters and allowed to regrow so the pods and leaves remain within a reach of an arm. In developing countries, moringa has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable land care.

It may be used as forage for livestock, a micronutrient liquid, a natural anthelmintic and possible adjutant. For edible landscaping, a Moringa tree is hard to beat. This versatile tree can be grown year round in any tropical climate, and successfully grown as an annual, in temperate zones. Fast-growing, nutritious, and lovely to behold, Moringa is gaining in popularity daily.

Moringa oleifera (synonym: Moringa pterygosperma) is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. English common names include moringa, drumstick tree, from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed pods, horseradish tree, from the taste of the roots which resembles horseradish, ben oil tree or benzoil tree, from the oil derived from the seeds.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height20 inch (51 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Drumstic Also known as sajna, Sahjan, Arango, Ben Nut Tree, Clarifier Tree, Indian Horseradish, Jacinto, Kelor Tree, Malunggay, Marango, drumstick Tree, Horseradish tree, Senjana, Guggala, Mochaka, Shevga.
Maximum Reachable Height 10 to 12 m (32 to 40 ft) and the trunk can reach a diameter of 45 cm (1.5 ft).
Flower Colour White
Difficulty Level Easy

Drumstick care

The Moringa plant is a fast-growing, drought resistant tree that can reach up to 3 meters in its first year. The Moringa tree is very easy to grow. Simply plant seeds or cuttings in a sunny spot. The moringa tree is a plant that grows mainly in semiarid, subtropical areas.

Sunlight Full sun
Watering Minimum annual rainfall requirements are estimated at 250 mm with maximum at over 3,000 mm, but in waterlogged soil the roots have a tendency to rot.
Soil It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers a neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.3 to 7.0), well-drained sandy or loamy soil.
Temperature 25 to 35 degrees Celsius
Fertilizer Moringa trees will generally grow well without adding very much fertilizer. Manure or compost can be mixed with the soil used to fill the planting pits. Phosphorus can be added to encourage root development and nitrogen will encourage leaf canopy growth. In some parts of India, 15cm-deep ring trenches are dug about 10cm from the trees during the rainy season and filled with green leaves, manure and ash. These trenches are then covered with soil.

Drumstick uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Used in urinary problems, reduce inflammation, earaches, Dental caries, as a cardiac stimulant in asthma, Cough, Scurvy, Wounds and eye diseases Intermittent fevers, epilepsy, hysteria, palsy, chronic rheumatism, gout, dropsy, dyspepsia and enlargement of the liver, Paralysis
  • Note : Please consult your health expert

Culinary Use:

  • The soft pods of the drumsticks are utilized broadly within the preparation sambhar that is extremely popular in South India
  • However, there are certainly other distinctive recipes, a typical one being adding it within your soup, including a typical Asian flavor to it
  • A number of the culinary uses of drumsticks are: They are extremely delicious, and boost your urge for food
  • Sometimes, they are cut longitudinally into fine strips, and also cooked along with spicy gravy as well as chilly
  • If you are out for the formal meal, drumsticks might be served by breaking it open, and you have got to consume the inner soft pods with the aid of your spoon
  • Throughout your family dinners, your teeth can certainly do the work of the spoon, since you do not need to be so formal
  • Usually the pods are consumed, whilst the outer skin is discarded
  • Drumsticks can also be used just for garnishing, simply by chopping them into tiny pieces
  • The soft sensitive green pods are occasionally also utilized in various other preparations, even with meat
  • Appetizing, whenever cut peeled and into finger lengths as well as cooked in spicy gravy
  • At a formal meal, the shell of the piece of drumstick is split open along with spoon and fork, and the spoon utilized to scrape out the tasty interior with its entire scrumptious flavor
  • During family meals the preferred technique is to get the section of drumstick using the fingers as well as scrape away the soft center using the teeth
  • The woody exterior is additionally chewed to extract flavor and after that discarded to the side of the plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How to plant drumstick tree?

To plant tree consider the following points 1.To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2.Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water General caring tips Plant should get more than 6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July).

When to plant drumstick trees?

Best time to plant drumstick is from June to October

How to plant drumstick seeds?

To plant seed consider the following points 1. Use a pot having 7-10 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the pot with well drained soil. To sow seeds make a hole about 1/2 inch in soil, place seeds in it, cover with soil and apply water. 3. Maintain the moisture in soil by applying water if soil in pot (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. 4. Keep the pot at a location receiving indirect bright light. Seeds will germinate within a week. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

Can we plant drumstick tree in house?

Yes,we can plant Drumstick in outdoor condition.

What is moringa oleifera?

Moringa oleifera is a fast growing, deciduous vegetable tree that can reach a height of 8-10 m. The delicious pods are used for various culinary purpose.

How to grow drumstick plant in pot?

To plant Drumstick plant in pot consider the following points 1. Pot size up to 7-10 inch with drainage hole and overgrown plant is transferred in to main field. 2.Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 3.Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 4.Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 5.Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(June-July).

What is the plant moringa?

Moringa oleifera is sub tropical vegetable tree and also known as Drumstick.

How to grow drumstick plant?

Drumstick plant is grown by seeds and limb cuttings. Consider the following points to grow Drumstick. 1. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 2.Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3.Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4.Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(June-July).

Is moringa plant good for high blood pressure?

Yes,according to the published research Moringa has various medicinal uses and it also helpful for high blood pressure.Note- Please consult your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts.

What is drumstick plant?

Drumstick is perennial sub tropical vegetable tree which produces delicious edible pods for culinary purpose.

What moringa plant is good for?

According to the published research Moringa has various medicinal uses Moringa plant is used for various culinary purpose and it has lot of health benefits like urinary problems, reduce inflammation, as a cardiac stimulant in asthma, Cough, Scurvy, Wounds and eye diseases etc.Note- Please consult your health advisor before application or consumption of plants or plant parts.

When to plant drumstick allium?

Drumstick allium is planted in May-June.

Can moringa tree survive winter?

Yes, Moringa tree can survive in winter but not at chilling temperature. The optimum temperature is 25-35 degree Celsius.

How many drumstick plants per acre?

Plant population varies according to distance and variety. In 1 acre as per 1.5 x 1.5 m sq. distance accomodates 1777 plants/acre.



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Sunday, 15 March 2020

when I opened the box I was amazed at how well this plant was packaged and how healthy they all were.

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Thursday, 05 March 2020

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Exactly what I wanted and couldn t locate in any of our local shops! Thanks

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