The ODC drumstick grown in bidar karnataka by a genius software Engineer …inspite of all the hurdles like black cotton soil and heavy downpour he has made it a success so far and continues putting up best effort to bring it to showpiece in the location …Truly high density planting with 1500 plants per acre and looks amazing …
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RAMU sir, is black cotton soil not suitable for drumstick , what problems does it cause
how to deal with it, and how was done in this case.
The root structure of moringa is peculiar that it looks almost like tubules with more pithy centre and in case of black cotton soil or any other hard soils where drainage is a serious problem the excess water due to poor drainage fill the tubular roots resulting in root rot disease / death / dysfynction of roots that in turn prevent the uptake of nutrients and water with the lower leaves first turning yellow and later progressing to other Parts of the plants upwards …
The technique for successful cultivation of moringa in heavy soils is to adjust the time of sowing well after monsoon rain is over and to adopt sowing the seeds in raised bed that provides cushion for development of new breathing roots in order to survive prolonged water stagnation …
Another measure to address similar kind of problem is to administer nitrogenous fertilizers like urea as foliar spray to revive the plants from nutrient starvation during flooding of the field …
Ramu Sir, thank you very much for in depth and valuable information as always,
It is allright …wish you a successful farming
After cessation of monsoon rain and over two rounds of fertigation now the ODC moringa plantation has revived and started picking up growth fast , with flower initiation noticed in about 25% of the plantation
I am pretty impressed by your plantation of moringa trees in black cotton soil.However, I have little apprehension of planting moringa trees in black cotton soil as we have more than average rainfall here in Nagpur. Also our black cotton soil has high water retension capacity.
So apart from raised beds and timing of plantation , what other precautions should I take before planning for Moringa?
This post is from 2017. How is the progress so far?
What else have you tried with this soil?
I have a similar mixed soil in the same region. Would like to know what else works there. I may go for Mango varieties if nothing else comes by.