Is it possible to grow curry leave plant in my kitchen garden?

Is it possible to grow curry leave plant in my kitchen garden?

The curry tree (Murraya koenigi) is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae, which is native to India and Sri Lanka.

Murraya koenigii is a culinary important plant of Indian origin, and also been a component of many formulations used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine since many centuries.

Planting & Care

Sunlight:
The curry leaf tree performs best when grown under full sun exposure but it should be gradually acclimated to full sun exposure as during hot summer months it can be sunburned when temps are above 100* F.
especially when the plant is container grown.

In Container:

It can be container grown, if over the years you remember to increase the size of the container. Please keep in mind that I do not suggest transplanting the curry leaf into a very large container now.

You should gradually move the plant into larger containers over the years as it out grows the present container that it is currently housed in. For example, it is presently housed in a two gallon size container and perhaps next year in spring could be transplanted into a five gallon sized container.

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Potting Mix

Equally as important is the use of a quality potting/planting mix when the time comes to transplant into a larger container or into the ground. I recommend the use of 50%Supersoil brand Palm&Cactus mix and either 50% native soil (If planting into the ground) or 50% Azalea/Camellia mix (Acid Mix) if transplanting into a larger container.

Eventually ( in 5-10 years or so ), the container size should be increased to at least a 30 gallon size. If the container you choose to house the plant in is made of black plastic, you should either paint it white or wrap the container with heavy duty aluminum foil to protect the roots from sun exposure in the valley areas.

Fertilizer:

I would fertilize the curry leaf plant once a month from March to October with a slow-release dry granular product such as Osmacote ( for acid-loving plants) and also feed it a liquid product such as liquid fish fertilizer(Atlas or Alaska brand) available at most OSH hardware stores. I like to use the 3 Tablespoons per gallon dilution rate and I would add 6 cupfuls of the diluted fish solution to each curry leaf.

Also, the curry leaf has a tendency to become iron deficient so every other month or so it would be a good idea to apply some form of iron based product to it as well. Try using approximately 20% iron sulfate (Green colored, sand textured, dry product) at the rate of only two tablespoons per plant and increase the quantity as the plant grows.

Propagation:

You can propagate curry leaf by seed. It will take 1-2 years for the seedlings to become established. You should pinch and prune them while they are young in order to have a multiple-branched plant that will give you more leaves for harvesting.

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If you propagate from seed, you might want to remove the hard outer shell before planting to help it germinate quicker. Make sure to use fresh seeds.

Harvesting:

Curry Leaf is easy to harvest: simply pluck off leaves as you need them for cooking. These leaves have the best flavor when they are used fresh instead of dried.

The more you harvest, the bushier the plant will become, meaning that harvesting encourages the growth for future harvesting.

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Using Curry Leaf Herb:

Curry leaves have the strongest flavor and aroma when fresh. You can use them in soups, sauces and stews as you would use a bay leaf and fish it out when the leaf has steeped. You can also dry the leaves and crush them for use. Store them in a sealed glass jar out of light and use within a couple of months. Because they lose flavor quickly, growing curry leaf tree is the best way to have a good, constant supply of this flavorful herb.

Medicinal Properties :

Curry leaves possess the qualities of a herbal tonic . they strengthen the functions of stomach and promote its action. They are also used as a mild laxative. The leaves may be taken mixed with other mild tasting herbs. It is used for digestive disorders, diabetes, burns & bruises, eye disorders, insect bites etc

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