Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Growing Curry Leaf Plant

Curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii) "Curry Leaf" plant, a herb, is native to India and Sri Lanka. The aromatic leaves of this plant are used to flavor many Indian dishes, especially in curries.These plants like full sun and grow anywhere between 1 and 3 feet in containers. They bloom in summer; they need a minimum temperature of 55° F.
The most flavorful leaves are produced when the plants are grown in hot and dry conditions.

Watering: They like very well drained soil and preferably be on the dry side. Allow the soil to come to a state of visual dryness between watering. Be consistent in watering and ensure the soil does not go to extreme dryness or constantly wet.
Misting your plants daily with plain water in summer months and occasionally during winter months also help to control spider mites which love this plant!!

Fertilizing: They need fertilizer during growing season, spring / summer months. They are light feeders; use ¼ tsp of fertilizer per gallon of water once a month. When active growth stops in winter, discontinue feeding. Use a balanced fertilizer like a 15-15-15. I use Miracle grow.

Propagation: Easily propagated from seeds, stem cuttings or rooted suckers from the mother plant. I propagate by growing the small suckers from the base of the mother plant. I separate the suckers and plant in good potting soil in gallon pots. Feed and grow them for 1 or 2 months then send them to the shops for sale or share with friends.


Texas winter care: When temperature drops below to 55° bring your pot indoors to a bright window area. Expect your plants to drop some leaves when transitioning to indoor climates. Do not feed during winter. Water only once a week. If you don’t have a bright window you need to move the plant out to sun light 4 hours in a week to give them a boost.
Hardy to Zone 9 and higher for outdoors.

Curry leaves are also used as a herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Their properties include much value as an anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory etc. Curry leaves are also known to be good for hair, for keeping it healthy and long. They also contain iron.

There is nothing like picking fresh curry leaves just the right amount when you need them.

3 comments:

  1. Hi there. So I have a nice sized one of these that has doubled in size this spring from over 1ft to about 2.5ft. Still just a single stalk but looks like it's going to bud some suckers soon. I can't seem to get this question answered anywhere: When and how much can I pick the leaves? If I take off a whole branch, will it hurt the plant or will it grow back quickly and readily?

    I saw these growing in people's yards in India and they would break off big chunks and it would recover fine, but as mine is still pretty small, I'm cautious. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  2. Thank you for your question.There are two types of curry leaf plants. One propagates through fruit,seed, the other variety is the root sucker.It looks like yours is a seed variety.
    You can cut a whole branch and new shoot will come out pretty quick. You need to trim these branches often so you can have fresh tender leaves for use and shape the plant and make it look good.

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  3. Hello
    Please let me know do you have done curry and bitter melon seeds. I will pay for shipping .
    Thank you

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