The big woody Moringa cuttings have been eaten up by Termites. They started out good and sprouted quickly and then died. I heard termites were a problem so i pulled the cuttings up and they were eating the bottom of the cuttings inside and out. I never had this problem down south in Miami. Learning a lot of differences between south and central Fl. I read that if you make a castor bean "leaf" compost and add to your soil it will deter the termites. I have found several plants i can get some seeds from not too far away. I looked up Castor bean and thought how amazing it was that in India it is a very important crop. I am also wondering if Wax Myrtle will work? I am also wondering what will work on the ants. I have been putting a few inches of oak leaves on the bottom of each pot and then composted soil on top mixed with sand. The leaves break down nicely but i ended up with a lot of red ants attaching my hands. I believe that ants eat termites but both are a problem. Have some experiments to do.
Hi Michael, I've added your post to 'trees' and 'bugs' in case that will help you find an answer.
I'm growing moringa in pots and doing a lot of pruning. I'm overwintering a couple in the hoop house and some indoors...I'll have to watch for termites in the hoop house as I know they are here (and ants also...).
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posted 10 months ago
Judith, i appreciate that. Thank you. My seedlings seem to be doing fine so im pretty sure thats the way to go in Central Fl. By time i get to cuttings again i may have found the solution.
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