Back in the old house, a malunggay tree growing in an adjacent property was visible from our backyard. And I would covet that three, wishing it was growing in MY backyard instead. See, I love malunggay leaves. I love adding them to fish soup with lots of ginger and garlic.
A few days ago, my wish to have a malunggay tree of my own finally came true. One of our house helpers has an aunt who lives in another part of town and it was from her that we got cuttings from mature malunggay trees. We planted them directly into the ground, near the gazebo.
Very soon, I can add the freshest malunggay leaves to my fish soup. And with my recent love affair with malunggay tea, I can now brew my own tea from the leaves of the malunggay tree.
Our house helper sure knew what she was doing when she cut these branches. Stem cutting is one of the most popular methods of vegetative propagation but the ones easiest to grow are stems that are no longer immature. The stems, especially the end that goes into the soil, are best cut on the diagonal to provide a larger area where roots can grow. The stems we planted are about 4 and 5 feet tall already. Shouldn’t take long before leaves start to grow.
The malunggay was planted about 8 inches deep so we wouldn’t have to add support to keep the trees upright while they develop roots.
In a few months, I’ll take photos of the malunggay trees again to show you how much they have grown.