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Chaya or Moringa are supposed to be fantastic permaculture plants that are grown in Florida. Jacksonville, FL gets about as cold as it does here in PNW. Has anyone here grown these plants in PNW? I am curious. I would like to if it would have a chance of working.
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Hey there John!
It's a good thought, but it may not be possible in that climate. I have a lot of experience with both in the Virgin Islands, where they grow like weeds!!! In fact, I don't think I ever want to eat Chaya again! Not true, but when it's a major staple every day...Moringa has millions of possibilities and positives - you can grind it and sprinkle just for the health benefits alone...I'd say if you got the seeds, give it a go if it's for "personal consumption" just for the hell of it and keep your fingers crossed - anything is possible. However, check this out first:

http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa

and you should be able to find your answers...Moringa is a cool looking tree with amazingly versatile properties and benefits.

Good Luck!
 
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I'm going to be trying Chaya and Moringa this year, and am in the PNW. I'd appreciate if anybody has experiences to share! And I'll report back next year in any case with a report of how it worked for me...
 
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Well, my source for Chaya petered out, and the Moringa we direct seeded appeared to get 100% eaten by something.

Next season what I'll do differently is (1) actually plant chaya, and (2) do moringa as transplants.
 
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