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.
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 1 year ago
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 1 year 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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