Tuesday, May 31, 2005

WONDERTREE - 100 FACTS - MORINGA FACT 12 - PLANT GROWTH FACTOR

MORINGA LEAF EXTRACT AS ORGANIC PLANT GROWTH HORMONE & BYO-DYNAMIC ALL-PURPOSE DYNAMIZER AS WELL AS HUMAN & ANIMAL ADAPTOGEN & IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER.

As reported originally by Foidl & Foidl in 1994 and confirmed by Fuglie, and repeatedly independently confirmed since, juice from fresh Moringa leaves can be used to produce a very effective organic plant growth hormone and bio-dynamic plant dynamizer. It will, increase yields by 25-30% for crops such as onions, bell pepper, soy, maize, sorghum, coffee, tea, chili, melon...

It has even more remarkable effects on the growth of plants grown in greenhouses or artificial light conditions, which display yield increases from 30% to 150%, particularly when McAndrews type bio-dynamic composts and organic mineral supplementation is added. (Such special bio-dynamic composts can be ordered from http://www.biodynamiccompost.com/ )

It also has remarkable effects on human and animal health, and seems to contain a potent rejuvenation factor, besides being a powerful adaptogen perhaps comparable to the best wild ginseng. The immune system boosting effect of Moringa has been already widely documented, usually using dry material, and seems to be even more pronounced with fresh leaf juice. In both cases, the juice of organic or naturally-grown plants seems vastly preferable, and since Moringa is at large very pest-resistant, chemical applications are rarely necessary in the first place.

Fortunately, to the best of our knowledge, by 2005, none of the genetic stock of Moringa has been genetically modified to this date, therefore there is no need to worry about GMO poisoning.

For growth hormone activity, one of the active substances in Moringa fresh leaf juice is natural zeatin, a plant hormone from the cytokinine group, in a bio-dynamic "native" state, working in conjunction with the incredibly powerful cocktail of enzymes, vitamins and minerals contained in Moringa juice.


AN ALTERNATIVE TO DANGEROUS CHEMICALS:

The Moringa Mission staff has come to the conclusion that, with a little bit of research and experimenting, bio-dynamic raw moringa leaf extract with bio-dynamic organic minerals added according to protocols currently investigated could replace most if not all chemical products used for such purposes, and thus give the production of organic and naturally-grown food a very substantial boost.

Foidl reported that as a vegetal growth hormone, this foliar spray should be used in addition to (and not in lieu of) other fertilizers, watering and sound agricultural practices. The fertilizer of choice are organic and bio-dynamic compost teas supplemented with organically sourced minerals.

In one trial, use of this spray increased maize ("corn") yields by 116%, from 60 to 130 sacks per hectare. According to other reports, yield of plants grown under artificial conditions have been increased up to 150% compared with test plants. Using this hormone-loaded leaf extract, the agricultural experimental station run by Foidl in Nicaragua was able to grow coffee at 30 meters altitude only. Coffee, shaded with Jatropha curcas, produced beans in just 17 months.


Protocol to make basic fresh moringa foliar spray:

1) Make an extract by grinding young moringa shoots (not more than 40 days old) together with a bit of water (about one liter per 10 kg fresh material).

2) Filter the solid portion out of the solution. This can be done by placing the solution in a cloth and wringing out the liquid. The solid matter, which will contain 12-14% protein, can be used as food or animal feed.

3) Dilute the extract with water at a 1:32 ratio and spray directly onto plants (if the extract is not going to be used within five hours, it is best stored in a freezer until needed). Apply about 25 ml per plant.
The foliar spray should be applied 10 days after the first shoots emerge from the soil, again about 30 days before plants begin to flower, again when seed appears and finally once more during the maturation phase.

4) For commercial application, the spray can be stabilized using different approaches. However, it is important NOT to heat the solution above ~ 40 degrees C/90 F, to preserve it in a bio-dynamic raw state.


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