Curry Leaves (Murraya koenigii)

Curry Leaves (Murraya koenigii)

$25.00 inc. GST

Pot Measurements: Approx. 12cm(Ø) x 11cm(H)

The Curry Tree (Murraya koenigii) or Curry Leaf tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family, which includes rue, citrus, and satinwood), and is native to India.

  • Its leaves are used in many dishes in the Indian subcontinent.
  • Often used in curries, the leaves are generally called by the name “curry leaves”, although they are also actually “sweet neem leaves” in most Indian languages.
  • Curry Leaf makes a wonderful potted plant for your culinary collection of aromatic herbs.
  • The fragrant leaf has a nutty, pungent flavor and is a prized addition to South Indian foods.
  • It has been used for centuries in Ayruvedic medicine for its antidiabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Plant Care

Light and Temperature

  • For best results, grow in full sun and keep temperatures above 40°F.
  • If grown in warm conditions with high light intensity, Curry Leaf will experience less of a winter resting period.

Soil and Fertilizer

  • Too much water will tend to promote root disease (root rot).
  • During the warmer months, keep the plant on the dry side.
  • Let the soil come to visual dryness before watering.
  • Recommend growing in clay pots so the roots stay healthy.
  • Use a well-drained potting mix which allows necessary moisture to reach the plant while at the same time maintaining good aeration in the soil.
  • Regular applications of fertilizer are helpful to stimulate plant growth.
  • You can top dress with organic fertilizer every 6 weeks or apply a liquid fertilizer at half the recommended dosage once a week during the active growing season.

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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