Horticultural research review on Moringa oleifera trees growing in South Africa under sub-optimal conditions

E.S. du Toit
Moringa oleifera, a tree naturally grown in the tropics, is becoming increasingly popular as an industrial crop due to its multitude of useful attributes as water purifier, nutritional supplement and biofuel. The tree originated from tropical areas of India and tolerates sub-optimal growing conditions, but we are investigating the possibility of growing the crop in cooler climates with medium to low rainfall such as the Gauteng Province in South Africa. Many horticultural studies are performed on trees growing in the tropics. However, our aim in this review is to explore the success of cultivation practices on trees growing under sub-optimal conditions. Research projects were conducted on established orchards of the Experimental farm at Hillcrest Campus of the University of Pretoria, with a known altitude of 1372 m a.s.l. and an average rainfall of 674 mm. Results on flowering, pollination, fruiting, as well as the impact of pruning and irrigation on trees from these orchards will provide information and highlight the possibility of growing Moringa oleifera under sub-optimal conditions commercially.
du Toit, E.S. (2021). Horticultural research review on Moringa oleifera trees growing in South Africa under sub-optimal conditions. Acta Hortic. 1306, 1-12
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1306.1
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2021.1306.1
flowering, pollination, fruiting, tree pruning, irrigation
English
1306_1
1-12

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