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Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) Care Guide

The Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) originated in the tropical parts of Indian. It is a versatile plant whose leaves are used in Asian cooking as crushed curry leaves have a strong pungent aroma and are highly desired in Indian and Sri Lankan dishes.

The Curry Leaf Plant is a large shrub and can grow up 3 metres or more in height. It makes an excellent ornamental shrub as it is drought-tolerant and hardy. Besides being grown as an outdoor shrub in your garden, the Curry Leaf Plant can be grown indoors or as a large, potted plant.

Common Problems

  1. Lack of growth of new leaves – watering the plant with fermented rice water helps to promote new growth of leaves.
  2. Root rot – overwatering resulting in a puddles. Reduce the amount of water and ensure that the plant does not sit in a puddle of water.
  3. Pest attacks – watering the plant with fermented rice water helps to keep pests at bay.

Common Mistakes

  1. Overwatering – reduce the amount of water to avoid root rot.
  2. Picking leaves off the plant – never pluck just the leaves when you require them for cooking. Always pick a sprig off the plant which will encourage new sprigs to grow in its place.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: The Curry Leaf Plant does not require too much water as it can tolerate slight drought conditions. Overwatering is likely to result in root rot and death of the plant. Always ensure that the soil dries out completely between watering.

Light: It prefers full sun to light shaded conditions to grow best. To grow a curry leaf plant in cooler climate areas, place the plant indoors where it is able to get direct sun, or bright indirect sun.

Temperature: It requires a warm climate with good loamy soil with plenty of water and shelter from strong winds. It is frost sensitive. When choosing a time to purchase and plant your new Curry Leaf Plant, consider a warmer month to allow time for it to acclimatise to your garden. This will allow it to produce an established root system before winter returns. Protect the young saplings from frost by planting it in a northerly, sheltered position and provide a good layer of mulch.

Fertiliser: Heavy feeding isn’t required as the curry leaf plant is mainly grown for their aromatic foliage.

Pruning: Prune your Curry Leaf Plant regularly to either a single-trunked tree or a shrub. Tip pruning will encourage fresh leafy growth, ensuring there is always ample foliage for cooking!

Now that you have grown your curry plant, ensure that you control the weeds around it.