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After convincing my husband that I really DO need a Noni plant, despite Hairians including himself being convinced I'm crazy to think it's got medicinal value, he brought me a lovely bare root specimen with an enormous Taproot (nearly 3 feet long on a plant about 20 inches high).

I'd appreciate any feedback on where to plant this. How big do these get? I see them around 15-20 feet high. Is that about it? I know they have powerful sucker roots that punch through cement walls and streets, so I'll keep it away from the house. Anything else I should be aware of?

And I'm assuming the goats will eat it, so I should protect it until it's established?

Excited to try ANOTHER new plant!
 
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Noni gets around 15' high, but it can be years before it grows that large. A friend has a noni tree and it's about ten years old, about 7 foot tall, about 9 foot wide. But she keeps it trimmed a bit so she can harvest leaves and fruits. So you could trim it to whatever height is good for you. My friend tosses the ripe fruits to her chickens. She uses the tender new leaves as greens in soup.

I've never tried eating noni....fruits or leaves, so I don't know what it tastes like. The medicinal drink they make around here from the fruits is tasty to taste. I guess the philosophy is that if it tastes bad, it must be good for you. I have no desire to drink that stuff.
 
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I hear lots of benefits, and as someone who daily brushes her teeth with neem oil, I think I can deal with the taste. Haha.

I think I'll give it a bit of protection. Ideally I'd plant it in my new garden space, but I don't have the pallets I need yet. And I want to get it into the ground. Maybe I'll set it out tomorrow and see what interest the passing goats have in the leaves. Pretty certain they'll like it though. Jerks.
 
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