Plants grow to a height of 4-6 m and come to flower in 90-100 days after planting. The first harvest starts 160-170 days after planting and on an average each tree bears 200-225 fruits / year. Pods are 65-70 cm long with 6.3 cm girth and 150 g weight. Fruits are green coloured and highly pulpy.
WINGLESS MORINGA SEEDS
PKM-2 is an improvement over PKM-1. PKM-2 has more lateral branching (desireable for more leaf producting within hands reach) and a seedpod with more flesh than seeds.
PKM-2 Moringa, the new variety has recorded an average production of 98 tonnes per hectare. It produces long pods of about 125-130 cm with a girth of 8.40 cm. On an average each of these pods weigh about 280 g. The pods are fleshy with good cooking quality. On cooking, the flesh turns soft and delicious with less fibre, according to the scientists, who developed this variety.
The new annual moringa has yielded 9.18 per cent more fruits per tree than the ruling variety PKM-1. In terms of weight of pods it has recorded a production of 71.58 per cent more than PKM-1. The variety flowers in about 110 days, and the first harvest of fruits can be had between 170 and 180 days after sowing. The trees will continue to yield fruits for the next four months. The total duration of the crop from seed to seed is ranges from 210 to 240 days.
Each tree will yield an average 220 fruits weighing about 61.65 kg in a year. Occasionally, the branches break off due to the heavy weight of the pods. Farmers who have seen its performance over the existing varieties prefer this variety. The attractive pod size and high yield potential are the most desirable traits of this improved annual moringa.
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