Development of Soilless Culture Methods for Production of Moringa (Moringa oleifera Lam.) Root and Leaf Biomass
Moringa is a valuable tropical agroforestry species with a fruit rich in nutrients. This study tested soilless (hydroponic) Moringa cultivation methods given that past research on tissue culture (vegetative reproduction) has shown difficulty in transfer to soil.
Research Goals & Methods
In this study, dehulled seeds had a high germination rate (65%), whereas hulled seeds had low germination.
Conclusions & Takeaways
Seedlings grew well in a recirculating rockwool slab culture using a nutrient concentration of Hydrosol, Calcium Nitrate Plus and Magnesium sulfate solution. Maintaining a dry region around the base of the stems was critical. An optimum ph was found to be 5.5-6.0. Plants also grew well aeroponically with a recirculating Aeroflo.
DEVELOPMENT OF SOILLESS CULTURE METHODS FOR PRODUCTION OF MORINGA (MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM.) ROOT AND LEAF BIOMASS. Acta Horticulturae. 2007:139–146. doi:10.17660/actahortic.2007.756.15..