Morinda citrifolia

Morinda citrifolia


One packet contains 20 seeds.

Morinda citrifolia, also known as the noni tree, is native to Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and is important to traditional medicine in this range. The rather bizarre-looking, knobby fruit is milky white when ripe and has a pungent—some say fetid—odor. Despite the smell, the fruit is purported to have an extensive range of health benefits, with some research to confirm them. It has traditionally been used as an antibiotic and immune stimulant. In 2010, one animal study found that noni extract increased immune response by up to 33 percent. It is also rich in phytonutrients; a study in 2007 found it to have catechin and epicatechin, which are flavonoid antioxidants linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease. A 2012 study found that consuming the juice is associated with decreased LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Also, a separate 2012 study found evidence that fermented noni may help prevent diabetes.

Noni has other wonders; it is very tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions. The small tree can withstand wind, fire, flooding, and ocean salt spray. It does not care much about soil acidity, drainage, or texture. It will happily grow in full sun to mostly shade. In appearance, M. citrifolia can grow from 3 to 10 m (10 to 33 ft), has glossy leaves and white flowers that bloom year round.

Suitable for outdoor planting in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 to 11

Minimum tested germination rate is 50%

Please note that germination is sporadic and takes between 1 and 4 months.

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