Drumstick cultivation


Can you please guide me about quantity and time of fertilizer application, pest and disease control for drumstick cultivation?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Siddharth

Here is what has worked for us for Moringa
FYM once a year - 3 kg per plant. To mix with soil in the basin around the plant
Rice husk ash once a year - 3 kgs per plant -  mix this with soil - 6 months before FYM
15-21 day spray 3% panchgavya with neemazal ( from Parrys) for pest control and good growth
Most critical water - use sparingly - once in 10-14 days. depends on soil and whether you area is dry or wet region
All the  Best

Hi xisfan,

very well articulated with simple steps. I had a few questions though.

Rice husk ash - you mean burn the rice husk and then apply this ash to the plant. The final product of burning is carbon. can we also try other organic waste like saw dust, tea waste etc instead of rice husk.


Hi Mr. Xisfan,

Thanks for your valuable advice.
Can you please give me advice for N-P-K fertilizer and its application time through out the year?


20:20:20 at the time of plantation +1 basket FYM+Seed treatment with bio cultures if saipling is planted bioculture drenching is suggested.(rizobium,trichoderma, azospirllum, GKVK started providing a balanced mixture of this bio culture)

44 : 16 : 30 g NPK/ tree after first prunining(75 days)

62:0:0 after 120 days

150:150:100g NPK/tree during pod setting time

This is very general mix. You will have to prepare tailor made mixture based on your soil testing report.

This is a traditional manure mix in practise in coastal Karnataka,Kerala and TN. The dry coconut leaves, rice husk,crystal salt are put in 1 ft deep pit during evening time on a non rainy day,and it will be burnt. This will give rich potash.

However never seen elesewhere other than coastal region.

Will the moringa cultivated from a branch stem cutting develop deep tap roots? Since the plant can grow from seeds, only seed grown moringa may have  tap root. In semi arid regions with rain fed farming,  the tap root is what helps moringa.

Dear kvinodkumar,

Branch stem cutting and air layering methods can be done only in perennial verities of moringa but in annual varieties, the only option left is the seedling.  ie. germination of the seed… 

Yes, the seed grown moringas have tap roots so prolonged periods of sitting in ground saturated with water cause yellow leaves, root rot and death of plant but annual variety plants will survive waterlogging or flooding.