Moringa Leaves Turning Yellow? (3 Fixes)

There is nothing better than going out into your garden and seeing your Moringa trees happy and growing up.

Checking on my Moringa is still one of my favorite morning activities and always brings a smile to my face.

We recently received an email about some moringa leaves turning yellow and thought we’d address it here, to help others who have run into this.

Moringa Leaves Turning Yellow?

Your Moringa leaves turning yellow is due to either overwatering, poor nutrients in your soil, or accelerated growth. If your Moringa tree is young and the bottom leaves turn yellow, remove them. If your whole Moringa tree is turning yellow, we suggest slowing down on watering and potentially re-planting your Moringa tree.

Learning what to do when your Moringa Leaves are turning yellow is pivotal when you first start growing Moringa. 

More information about Moringa leaves turning yellow, general Moringa advice, and Moringa growing advice is below.

Why are My Moringa Leaves Turning Yellow?

If you notice your Moringa leaves are turning yellow, please do not freak out.

There are a couple of reasons why your Moringa leaves are turning yellow, and there are solutions to all of them.

The first thing you should do is calm down and relax, read through this article, and decide how you can fix your Moringa leaves turning yellow. 

Why are My Moringa Leaves Turning Yellow (Table)

Bottom Leaves are Yellow of Growing MoringaMoringa prioritizes stronger leavesWe pull these leaves off, they've served their purpose! This is a good sign.
All Moringa Leaves are YellowOverwateringReduce watering for the next couple of weeks, re-plant Moringa if soil is very wet
Bad SoilWeak soil does not have nutrients the Moringa needsRe-plant into stronger soil, find an area with better sunlight, add fertilizer to your soil.

Overwatered your Moringa

The first and probable reason is that you’ve overwatered your Moringa.

The easiest way to identify this is if ALL of your Moringa leaves have turned yellow, not just some.

If this has happened, you will need to re-plant your Moringa or delay your watering schedule and wait until the soil becomes dry.

Moringa is a dryer plant, and many beginners (and professionals) overwater it. 

kid watering moringa

If you have Moringa on a watering schedule that closely resembles the other plants in your garden, we suggest that you reduce your Moringa to about 30-50% of the watering of those other plants.

Newly Planted Moringa

In the emails that we’re sent about moringa leaves turning yellow, half the time, it’s a new Moringa plant.

When Moringa is in its early growth stages, yellowing of some of the leaves is very normal.

Moringa (like all plants) is only trying to survive and grow in the early stages.

You will often see 40-80% of your Moringa leaves start to yellow.

This always freaks out newcomers to Moringa, but this is a great thing.

As Moringa grows, it prioritizes the leaves growing higher and stronger than the leaves below.


The Moringa tree knows that these new leaves are the ones that are going to be collecting the most sunlight and prioritizes them over the bottom leaves.

Once those bottom leaves aren’t a priority anymore for the Moringa tree, it stops sending them nutrients.

This creates the yellowing of the Moringa leaves, as it’s an indicator that the other leaves are being prioritized.

When we see this, we immediately rip those yellow leaves off. We do not want any nutrients wasted on leaves that our Moringa has decided aren’t a priority.

This will leave your Moringa tree with only the solid green leaves and allow them ALL the nutrients that your Moringa tree collects.

Bad Soil

Sometimes, the soil in which we plant our Moringa isn’t good.

Remember, this situation would only occur if all of your Moringa leaves are turning yellow, not just some.

If you’ve made changes to your watering cycle, and you’ve figured out it is not overwatering, I would re-plant your Moringa and change it into some new soil.

If this soil is the only soil around, maybe pick up some fertilizer that could help your Moringa grow.


We use store-bought soil, that already has added nutrients.

From our emails, we know that this isn’t always possible for everyone, and adding fertilizer into your fields could be an excellent middle ground. 

How to Revive Moringa Plant

Reviving a Moringa plant is usually pretty easy, as this plant is very durable.

If you’ve walked outside and noticed that your Moringa needs a revival, there are a couple of steps you should take.

revive moringa

First, if you haven’t watered your Moringa in some time, you should start there.

Water is critical for Moringa (and all plants) growth. 

Plants will quickly let you know when the watering schedule has fallen off.

If you’ve recently watered your Moringa, and it’s still not looking so good, you may need to add some fertilizer to your soil.

Weak soil could be keeping your plants from developing correctly and not providing them with the nutrients they need to grow strong.

Another simple trick that we do whenever we see our Moringa is looking a little down is to move it into an area where it can collect some more sunlight.

Sometimes, without noticing, the plants around our Moringa grow up and start to block our Moringa trees from collecting sunlight.

A plant’s primary food source is photosynthesis, and if something is blocking your Moringas primary food source, it will react negatively. 

How do you Keep Moringa Plant Healthy?

Moringa is one of the most simple plants to care for, and keeping this plant healthy and happy is very easy.

I would make sure you’re sticking to a watering schedule that allows the Moringa to be a little dry.

This usually means watering the plant less than the other plants that surround it in your garden.

Moringa Leaves Turning White

If you notice your Moringa leaves turning white, it’s probably Powdery Mildew.
This fungal disease is widespread, and I would not freak out too much, as it’s very treatable.
This infection gets to all different types of plants, and Moringa is no different.
This fungus is airborne, meaning it’s pretty hard to prevent.
Don’t worry; there’s a very simple natural spray we use in our garden to help treat this infection.
Some chemical-based treatments are sold in stores, but we choose not to use those in our garden.

Natural Powdery Mildew Remedy

You’ll need at least a 5-gallon bucket and some very cheap ingredients to make this spray.


  • 1 Gallon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoon Horticultural Oil
  • 4 Drops of Dish Soap


What I love most about this spray is it’s super simple to make.

Just pour all the ingredients into a 5-galloon bucket (or whatever size bucket you have), mix, and then add the spray to some spray bottles.

Head into the garden and spray the leaves every couple of days until you see the Powdery Mildew deteriorate.

Again, we do not want you to freak out and spray this stuff around like crazy.

Give each plant showing signs of Powdery Mildew a couple of sprays on the leaves and let them sit.

Shelby Kaplan