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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Curry Leaf, Spices | 103 comments

How to Grow Curry Leaf

This is a continuation of my Spice Series.

Welcome to my information on Curry Leaf!

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**The first and most important thing to know about curry leaf is that it is NOT curry powder. It does not look like curry powder, it does not taste like curry powder, and curry leaves are NOT an ingredient in curry powder.

**Curry leaves, are, however, an important ingredient in many curry dishes, especially in India, Thailand, and other Asian countries.

**It is often used in a similar way that Americans use bay leaves: both are used in long simmering stews and soups and are a more passive aromatic addition rather than “THE main” spice for the dishes.

**It has a fragrant, citrus-like flavor and not only has amazing uses for culinary purposes, but also has been used in Ayruvedic medicine for centuriesIt would also be a wonderful addition in anyone’s garden and can be grown at home.

 

This post is about How to Grow Curry Leaf. 

Click here to view my post on the medicinal benefits of curry leaves. I also wrote this post on the culinary uses of curry leaves

 

How to Grow:

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**Curry Leaf is a wonderful potted plant to add to your garden and herb collection. It has an upright, open growth appearance, aromatic and pungent leaves, and it will be an indoor plant for most American garden zones, since it is a tropical plant.

**You can expect your Curry Leaf plant to have flowers and vibrant green leaves throughout the spring, summer, and fall. You can also expect the leaves to drop off during its’ resting period in the winter months.

    **Curry Leaf (official name: Murraya Koenigii) comes in three different varieties: (1) Regular: these grow tall and fast and look most like the Curry leaf you buy at the grocery store; (2) Dwarf: these do not grow as tall and the leaves are lighter in color and longer than the ones you usually buy at the store; (3) Gamthi: this is the most fragrant, has thick leaves, and grows the slowest of the three.

 

Position:

 **No matter which of the three varieties you grow, all three need full sun, well-drained and slightly acidic soil, and temperatures over 40 degrees F.    

**If you grow it indoors in a container (which is the best method for most American garden zones), make sure you slowly increase the size of the container over the years as the plant grows.

**If it is container-grown and is in an area with excellent light and warmth in the winter, there is possibility that your curry leaf plant will not have a very long winter-resting period and might not even lose its’ leaves.

**If it is container-grown and you are planning on putting it outdoors in the warm months, be sure to acclimate it to full-sun exposure gradually and to also watch the plant carefully for sunburning issues if your weather goes over 100 degrees F.

 

Propagation:

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**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.

**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.

**If you are not interested in waiting a few years before getting harvests of curry leaf, you can also buy curry leaf plants from some local nurseries or sometimes your local Asian market. Make sure you are getting the correct plant: there is an herb called “curry plant” also known as ‘Helichrysum italicum’, which is NOT curry leaf, since curry leaf is known as  ‘Murraya koenigii’. Some American nurseries do not label the difference between the two plants very well.

 

Maintenance:

**Since most people can only grow curry leaf in a container, it is important to stimulate your plant and keep it healthy with regular feedings of fertilizer (like this one). You should feed your curry leaf plant once every 5 weeks.

**Sometimes, curry leaf has issues with iron deficiency. Once every 6 weeks, you should give it 2 tbsp. of 20% iron sulfate (like this) or 1 tsp. of powdered chelate iron or some other iron product for plants (like this one).

**During the winter season, your plant’s leaves might turn yellow. This usually means that the plant is about to go dormant and might lose its’ leaves. If your plant goes dormant/loses its’ leaves, cut back on watering in order to prevent root rot.

**Prune your plant once a year during the spring in order to keep your plant healthy and producing large amounts of good leaves.    

**If you see berries appear on the branches of your plant, you probably want to pluck them off. This will encourage new leaf growth. If you leave them on, they will turn into beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers, but it also means your plant will be putting its’ energy into growing the flowers instead of the leaves.

**It is better to keep your curry leaf plant more on the dry side then to give them too much water. Let the soil dry out between watering.

**When you are transplanting your curry leaf plant to a bigger container, try not to break any roots. Add good quality potting soil to the new container as well. Eventually, by the time the plant is 10 years old, it should be in at least a 30 gallon size container (like this one) for optimal health.

    

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**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.

**Enjoy the aromatic leaves and the beauty of this plant as well as the culinary aspects of this plant for years to come.

 

 

 

**If you are interested in purchasing curry leaf and you cannot find it at your local grocery store, Indian/Asian market, or natural store, here is an option for you: Click here for a fresh curry leaf to order online.

**Click here for my Medicinal Benefits of Curry Leaves post.

**Click here for my Culinary Uses for Curry Leaves post.

**Click here for my Spice Series introduction page, which has links to a whole bunch of other amazing spices that I have researched so far.

 

**Do YOU grow curry leaves? If so, how is that going? If not, do you think you will grow it now?

 

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  1. My tree, which I’ve had for about 4 years, loves being outdoors over the Summer (Maryland). It does OK indoors throughout winter but by Spring it gets taken over by mites. They disappear once the tree makes it outside, possibly eaten by other bugs, or killed by the heat/sun.

    • I am glad your tree is doing well! You can always try to take mites off with some soap and water! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

    • Hi,

      I also live in Maryland and I was looking for a baby curry leaf plant or it’s seed. I would really appreciate if you kindly donate one to me, if available.

      Thanks,

      Justin

      • The best place to look for a local curry plant is at a large nursery near you. Tragically, I recently moved and my curry plant did not survive the process. I have to start over again as well! Sometimes there are good locations online too. Good luck!

      • I purchased a curry plant Murraya koenji from Logees.com
        Hope that helps.

        • Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion, Naomi! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. I am so grateful for the excellant advice you provide.learnt a lot about my curry leave tree.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Now I just have to find a place that sells the curry leaf plant in Mississauga,Canada! Any tips?

    • You might want to try a large nursery in your area or put out a craigslist add. I found my first curry leaf plant in a super large plant nursery in Wisconsin. When that one didn’t survive one of many moves we made, an amazing person in internet-land sent one to me! Good luck and let me know what you find out!

    • Hi Yolanda,
      Mississauga has a very large Indian population and it would be easier to find a curry plant there than most places.

      Try Dundas and Hurontario area. There is a large Indian grocery store, they used to have it in the past. Otherwise try on Islington and Albion.

      Hope this helps!
      Shailly

      • Thanks for sharing! Great ideas. 🙂

  4. Thanks for your article. But there’s a slight typo: I’m sure you meant to say “remove the BLOSSOMS” to prevent the plant from producing BERRIES; not the other way around. 🙂

    But not to worry if you miss a few blossoms, and they develop into berries, because then you’ll have a few seeds to give away to your friends!

    “**If you see berries appear on the branches … pluck them off. If you leave them on, they will turn into beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers”

    And I have a tip for getting rid of spider mites, which flourish during the winter months, thanks to the dry air. Just take the plant outside once a week for a few weeks, and spray it with a garden hose — especially the underside of the leaves where the little buggers like to hide.

  5. Hey 🙂 thanks for some great tips!! Was wondering if u know whether it is possible to grow a curry leave plant from a cutting?

    • Yes you can! Make sure to use a good quality root growth hormone and you should have luck with a successful cutting. 🙂

      • It is not possible to grow curry leaf plant from cuttings. The “branches” with all the leaves are actually petioles, a type of leaf. Leaves will not root. Plants of some varieties will put out pups that you can carefully remove from the mother plants. There is a video on Youtube that shows how to do this, but you will only get these from mature trees, older than 5 years old usually when grown in pots. Look for California Gardening, he has several useful videos about caring for and growing m. Koenigii in containers.

        They are easily grown from seed – IF you can get fresh, viable seed. The problem is that seed must be cleaned before being shipped due to a citrus disease that can be carried by murraya koenigii, so no plants, fruits, or leaves may be shipped from areas where the plant can grow outdoors without going through expensive fumigation procudeures. Cleaned seed may be shipped but its viability is quite short, a matter of days only. Trying to buy direct from India is an exercise in futility if you are living in the continental US. There are some growers in Hawaii that occasionally have seed; I don’t think anything is coming out of Florida these days. It may be grown outdoors in some parts of Southern California as well.

        • My apologies, by cuttings, I did not mean the leaves, but the branches.

  6. Hi there
    I bought 2 curry plant saplings in Durban, and got them to Holland
    They are doing well, not growing fast, but have rooted and flourished
    I did notice it is possible to cut a twig and get that to shoot roots, anyone tried this?

    any more advice for growing and keeping in a predominantly cold climate please?
    Is it also possible to dry the leaves?

    thank you

    • In a cold climate, try keeping your curry leaf plant in a warm room or with a heating pad underneath. You can dry the leaves, but they lose much of their aroma/flavor, so you will have to use more dried leaves in recipes than fresh. Fortunately, you can store the leaves in other ways (like the fridge). Otherwise, just leave them on your plant until you need them! Here’s my post on the culinary uses of curry leaves for more info: https://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/the-spice-series-curry-leaf-culinary-uses/

  7. I’ve kept the pH low at 5.3, for what I’ve added as nutrient solution, and haven’t had to add extra iron as it is more soluble at that pH. I use 8.0 pH tap water to flush every few months and Super Thrive about once a month to make sure none of the nutrients are out of balance.

    I was reading this because it’s starting to bloom now. 24″ tall, I’m glad because it’s only a year old and I got it as a 1″ cutting. The leaves are wonderful.

  8. Hi all
    My curry leaf plant has hardly any leaves down and leafless branches from where the leaves have either dried and fallen or have been plucked. A couple of days back I notice some new leaves coming up at the tip of the plant. This plant is a bit tall and the leafless branches don’t make it look good.
    So please can anyone suggest a way so that I can cut off the lower stem and grow a bushier tree?

  9. I have a big plant but this winter my plant all leafs dried and there are no more leave.

    Will the plant survive and get leaves in summer?

    • As I mentioned in the post, sometimes the leaves fall off in the winter. Keep it healthy, warm, and make sure to give it some proper nutrients, and it should come back!

      • I want to know if the plant can be grown from it’s branches. we don’t find the seeds here but we get fresh stems from Pakistan.

        • You can try! See if it works. 🙂 There seems to be some debate whether it works or not. Let me know if it works!

  10. Hi,
    Great post..I always wanted to grow curry leaf plant..now I think, I’ll give it a go. We live in Australia..do you think it’ll grow well here and that local stores would have it’s seedlings? Thanks again for a very informative post.

    • It should live there fine, but I have no idea if your local stores will have seedlings! When I lived in Milwaukee, WI, there was a gigantic nursery nearby. Now I live in South Carolina, and I cannot for the life of me find a decent gardening store. Look around, post around that you want a plant, and hopefully you will find one. Good luck!

    • you can find it at bunnings. prefers the warmer climates but it’s relatively easy to keep it alive down here in Vic…

      • Thanks for sharing!

        • If you are in Sydney, we have a tree growing outside our house in New Street, Ashfield. Feel free to poach seeds or small trees growing under. We had one in the backyard, but as it did not get enough sun, did not thrive at all. So put it in your hottest spot and neglect it. It will survive and thrive!

  11. Berries don’t produce flowers, it’s the other way around. If you see berries, picking them off won’t do anything, it’s already too late. The plant already put the energy into producing the berry – you can’t get it back. You have to prune off the the flowers (buds) before this process starts instead. I’m not sure how much this will help concentrate energy on leaves, as some plants simply don’t work that way and it may be an urban legend (or rural one?) with this plant.

  12. Thank you for the wonderful tips on growing the Curry Plant. I purchased one a couple of years ago and put it in the ground and totally forgot about it. I was going to dig it out because I forgot what it was good for, now that I’ve researched and found some recipes, I’m excited and will experiment more. I live in Florida 9B and it is basically neglected in the garden here although it is in a little shade so maybe that helps it.

  13. My tip for storage. When I have harvested more branches than I need for cooking but want to thicken the growth. I break off the branches then run my finger and thumb down the stem of each branch to strip the leaves off and keep them stored in a container in the freezer. They keep well and maintain their aroma better than dried for cooking, Having said that, plucked fresh from the tree is always best for cooking for potency of flavour.

    • Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Live in Dallas. My curry plant was fine until January this year. I saw some new leaves coming in January. Suddenly, the plant started to turning brown from top. We had two worst cold fronts. The plant was in side the home, close to the Windows. We set up heater at 70f in the home. The main stem is still green, but no signs of new leaves coming. I remember that I gave water to the plant just before cold front. My other plant is already putting the leaves. What did I do wrong?. This plant is about 3ft taller. Is this dying?. I appreciate any tips.

    • Sometimes Curry drops their leaves in the winter. They do not like cold temps, so maybe give them a boost of iron chelate water and some more nutrients and see what happens. My curry almost died when we left for a weekend and a surprise snowstorm came through! It’s slowly coming back now. Hopefully yours does too!

    • Hi, I’m NE of Dallas and would like to know where you got your curry tree.
      Thanks

  15. I have been growing a curry leaf plant for probably 8 years now. I started it from a pup that a friend brought to me off of her plant. It had babies of its own a couple years ago and now I am going to try to transplant those pups. I will look for that youtube video. Thanks!

    • Awesome! Thanks for commenting and visiting! Good luck with your curry!

  16. Hi, it’s luvly to visit your website…how and where can I get curry seeds to grow. We used to live in the Middle East where I used lots of curry leaves for Indian cooking recipe. We now lives in the Philippines where most of the the Indian cooking recipe ingredients are no where to find especially now that we live outside Manila.
    Please help! I would luv to grow curry tree.

    • I wish I could help you! I found my first curry tree in a crazy awesome nursery in a big city. When I moved and I needed another one, a kind stranger sent me one in the mail. I would start looking in big city nurseries, and then try a craigslist-type online forum. Or, try finding (or starting!) a facebook group for gardeners and try to make local connections. Hope that helps!

    • You can find curry leaf seeds on amazon.co.uk. Well I looked today and the usual seller has probably run out of stock but check back in a few days maybe and search ‘curry leaf plant seeds’, you should find a seller soon. I had purchased a few seeds but the person who tried to grow the seed did not sprout them correctly.
      All the best.
      G

      • Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hi – Thanks for your informative site. I live in Ecuador and we don’t get curry leaf plant here, and I would really like to grow a plant as I use the leaves in my cooking regularly. I am keen on growing the plant from a cutting, can you help with info on how to do this? Also, if for some reason that I am unable to do so, how would you recommend a plant be brought in from the US? As in how would I carry/transport the plant without damage in my baggage?? Given that I would not be able to bring a potted plant on the flight or through local customs here.
    Thanks much.
    G

  18. Hi! In order to harvest, should I pluck the leaves or should I break off the branches? I have read both methods in the post and comments above. Just plucking off leaves will not support new growth, will it? But plucking at base of branch will?

    Thanks for the helpful post!

    • I pluck off the leaves that I need. If your plant is large enough and healthy enough, some good pruning (aka taking off some branches) should be fine. Good luck!

  19. Hi, I have two curry leaf plants potted in same pot (that is how received and didn’t want to separate at that time) and i think they are about 2ft and they growing well. But issue i got is i see there soil centipede in there about 1′ to 1.5′.I know they don’t eat plant but i saw 5-6 crawling on surface up and down. So i’m guessing there more in depth. What is the best way get rid off them. Neem oil treatment hasn’t helped me. I was thinking to try alcohol but wasn’t sure affect of it on plant. Best I can think is to replant them in new soil. But i want remove all of the old soil and wash the root before planting to new soil so there are no eggs left. But i heard you don’t disturb of this plant. Can you please help me ?

    • You could try food-grade diatomaceous earth? That might help! Try it and let me know how it goes. 🙂

  20. Hi, I bought a small plant yesterday, at an Indian grocery store. I’d like to use an organic fertilizer. Do you have any suggestions? Also, how does one figure out when to repot the plant? Can I begin plucking leaves right away? The plant is about half a foot tall right now. I’d really appreciate your advice.
    Thanks.

    • Awesome! I use iron chelate and occasionally epsom salt water on my curry leaf plant. I would use liquid fish emulsion, but it’s super stinky and my curry plant spends much time indoors. Like with other plants, picking leaves is okay, but don’t over pick because you could kill the plant. It’s all about balance. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  21. I wonder where i can buy seeds i live in Holland europe and i want to buy alot of muraya K seeds so i can grow them .
    anyone has a trusty link or person ?
    thanks

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

    How much of harvesting should be done? In a specific way?

    How much should be pruned once in a year?

    • Hmm…have you ever harvested from other types of plants? If so, how much do you usually harvest from them? I usually go with a ‘never harvest more than half of a plant’ type rule with my plants, though that might just be my personal thing. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  23. I have a two-year-old curry plant that has been very healthy until a couple of weeks ago when we noticed something like spider-webs on some of the branches. We have cleaned them off daily but they keep coming back. Today I noticed that there are tiny white bugs in and around the webs. What are these?? The leaves and branches are turning black where the webs are. I am terrified to lose this plant because it was so hard to find. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  24. Hi, my Indian neighbor, gave me readymade plant. Just 3 inches tall, it was. He gave me 18 months back (in July), now it is 6 feet tall. I want to make it bushy and more branches. I am in Chicago, and kept it all the time indoor.

    I think, I need fertilizer and some trimming.
    Any suggestions?

    BTW, thanks for the info. It helps…

  25. Thank You. I grew one easily when I lived in a tropical climate. Since relocating inland (from Durban South Africa to Johannesburg) I have successfully managed to “kill” 3 in pots. Invested in another today for the last time. Will follow your instructions to the letter….

  26. I have had a curry plant for 11 years, most of this time was in Charlotte NC. Recently we relocated to Wisconsin Dells, WI.
    My only option is to keep it near a north facing window in the indoor pool area ( which stays around 80 degrees F. I plan to move it outdoors in warmer season.

    It was doing good in it new location and I saw new growth too. Also did not go into dormancy but did drop few leaves.

    Started giving it liquid plant food but I think it has been given it too much as now see dry, shriveled up leaves and whole shoots.

    Please help before I lose whole plant. I am going to stop the feed and repot.

    • It is possible that it doesn’t like the colder weather. I had a hard time growing my Curry Leaf when I lived in Wisconsin. Even if your house is warm, it was get cold by the window. Repotting should help, too.

  27. Hi I am growing curry leaf plant it growed well in first but suddenly dropped all leaves and stem got brown do u think the plant is gone or will it grow leaves again???

    • It’s hard to know without seeing your plant. Perhaps some extra loving, new soil, etc., might help. Hope that helps!

  28. Please help… Sorry for the long post but want to give u a clear idea of the ailments. My karipatta plants are looking very distressed… I have them in two containers ( they are about 8-10 years old) they were moved to their current container about 3 years back … Attaching pictures of both. One of them has these little black dots on the back of the leaves … Been there for about a year but I thought it was part of general unhealthy look of my plant. The other plant which is bigger & the parent plant has yellowish leafs, & the leaves are turning brown on the tips. Picture attached . They both get ample sun, watered mostly regularly. They used to be lush green but for last year & half they are like this. We had it in the same spot for several years so thought of moving it & Jan 2015 tried moving the big container, didn’t realize the main root had gone into the ground & we tried pulling it but realized later we might damage it & hence left it. But I guess we had caused the damage & it was not the best of time season wise to do it. Since then there is the sad looking plant … No more lush green leaves. But it has been over a year we have been caring for it & it still has not restored to its original condition. But it does have new leaves & new saplings but the new leaves are also unhealthy looking. Please advise:
    1. Is it getting too much sun.
    2. Are the brown & yellow leaves due to watering issues over or under or inconsistent.
    3. What plant food can I give it to boost the growth, I use general miracle grow but is there a specific one for foliage.
    4. The container is big enough so I don’t think we can change it we can only plant it in ground once we move in the next 2 years.
    5. What can I do about the black spots on the other plant.

    Would appreciate advise/ feedback … Want to restore my plants to their old glory … Please help!

    Can I attach or email you pictures so that can see it?

  29. Hi,

    in your site, you stated “make sure you slowly increase the size of the container over the years as the plant grows”. Could you please share the reasoning behind that. Have been advised to repot a young specimen in a 25 cm pot (in diameter). Do you think that is reasonable or would that be bad for the plant? thanks

    • You need to give it a larger pot as it grows so it has more space. It’s also a great way to replenish the soil.

  30. my curry leaves have turned yellow and never got green even the new leaves are growing yellow they are not dead but just yellow. Please help me what can i do

  31. When harvesting the leaves where is the best place to do so? From the top or from the bottom, which will allow the plant to florish best?

    • I usually take a few leaves here and there from my plants. Sometimes, I will clip a branch for trimming and for use as well. It’s all about balance!

  32. Hi, I recently bought a small sapling around 2 months ago. I’m slightly worried as it doesn’t seem to have grown at all – no new leaves or shoots, some of the leaves are a bit yellow. Maybe it is just slow to grow or maybe it is too cool still (I live in scotland, it is in a sunny spot on my window sill but maybe it thinks it is winter still). But just wondered if there is anything else I can do?

    • Keep it warm! Perhaps move to a larger pot with new and fresh soil?

      • Thankyou for your help. I haven’t repotted or anything as yet, however the good news is that a week or so ago the plant suddenly burst into life with new leaves & shoots so I am very pleased. Maybe it was the warmer weather we have been getting, so lets hope that contiunes!

  33. Very informative. Thank you

  34. Hi ,
    I have a curry leaf plant 5″ it was doing well in the last few months.the leaves started dropping off and I just have the stem left which is brown in color. I have the curry leaf plant outdoors in the daytime and indoors at night as the night time temperatures drop to 40s. Do you think my my curry leaf plant will survive.thanks

    • I worry that 40s might be too cold for curry leaf plants. I have killed too many curry plants at my house when the temps dip that low. Let me know how it goes! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  35. how can I get rid of the aphids on my very little curry leaf bush? They seem well embedded on the leaves (a lot of them!). I tried soapy water and rubbing the leaves with rubbing alcohol, but nothing worked to get them off the leaves. In the end I used a toothbrush which did remove some of the aphids but damaged the leaves. the aphids have come back and I don’t know what to do.

    • Yikes! That’s a bad aphid problem. You can try some stinky sprays, like DIY ones with cayenne pepper and garlic in them. You could also try planting something that deters aphids nearby. I hope that helps!

    • Lady Bugs !!! I’ve gotten them mail order; they come in a burlap sack with some shredded fill and are dormant. You can keep them dormant in the fridge. Bring them out and give a little spray of water to awaken them. They think aphids are delish! There was a major infestation in a row of 8-9 ft. tall Althea bushes we had that were favorites of the hummingbirds we gardened for. Have also used them inside with success. Some may not like “bugs” in the house, but I couldn’t risk chemicals.

  36. I am trying to grow a curry plant in France. In this village there are banana trees growing outside, so I live in hope!

  37. Hi I recently moved and my curry plant is not doing well. The leaves never did get very big and they seemed to drop a lot. I reported it and put it outside with some iron as fertilizer but the babies died. The plant looks like it might die. I live in Texas where the sun is very hot. Should it have direct sun and if so how much?

    • I had this happen to me, however, it was during the winter and my house is always cold, so it died. I think your curry leaf might stand a chance if you slowly get it used to the sun and heat of Texas. Hope that helps!

  38. Hi!
    Thanks for the very informative post. I have a small sapling that is now about 1 yr old grown from a pup – it’s about 1 1/2 foot tall – in a pot. I’ve been pruning by breaking of the leaves from the bottom – but I don’t see any “branching” the leaves are all arranged on stems directly attached to the main (slender) “trunk” what’s the correct technique to prune to encourage more branching?
    Thanks in advance for any further tips!!

    • I’m not a great pruning expert, so I’m putting this comment out there for my readers!

  39. I live in Hawaii. I found a tree nursery that has a curry leaf tree. Oddly, the Hawaii State Dept of Agriculture considers the curry leaf tree to be a weed, and prohibits the sale of established plants or cuttings. But they do allow the sale of the berries, go figure. So I asked the nursery to contact me when the berries were grown, which they did. I removed the fruit and planted the seed in a peat moss and vermiculite mixture. The seeds took about 4-6 weeks to sprout. I repotted them in an organic potting soil after about a year. But nearing two years, I still don’t have any plants taller than 6-8″. I find that they tend to start growing, sprouting leaves…then seem to die, all the leaves fall off, leaving just little brown stems. Then for no apparent reason, sometimes weeks or months later, they start sprouting leaves again. Note that this is Hawaii. It never gets colder than 56 degrees, and that is rare, so I wouldn’t expect the leaf loss to be climate related. Recently some plants started sprouting again, and this time I’ve been feeding them Miracle Gro every week; so far most are doing well, but at least a couple died. I’ve read that there are actually 3 varieties of m.koenigii, but I’m wondering if that is what I actually have. The leaves are growing in the correct pattern, but unlike most pictures I’ve seen, and leaves I’ve bought at the Indian store, they have smooth, rather than serated sides and rounded ends rather than pointed, tapering ends. The berries looked like the real thing (and certainly had the distinctive smell). I’m wondering if they would benefit from having the soil mixed with some of the local red volcanic soil (I assume high iron). I still can’t figure out how much water and sun they really want. I’d like to get plants healthy and bushy enough to harvest before too very long, so I have them handy whenever I cook some Indian recipes. Any comments and suggestions are welcome!

  40. Hi, nice article! I just bought a small sapling from local store. I’m in San Antonio Tx where we have 100 deg weather now. Can I keep the plant outside in my covered patio? Or do I need to have it only inside?
    Thx for your help

    • I bet your curry leaf plant will LOVE the hot weather! I had mine go indoors and outdoors depending on the weather. You just have to look over your plant carefully before bringing it back in to keep pests from being a problem!

  41. Hi Where can I get or buy the seeds? Want to bring it home to pilipin for my mom… Anyone pls advise?

  42. I grew from seed several trees that are 3 or 4 years old now. They bloomed this summer and I hoped to get seeds, but the blooms shriveled and died. Should I have hand-pollinated them?

    Thank you for the feeding suggestions! I have not been feeding correctly, I hope my trees will grow a little faster with better feeding!

    Also, the trees do get pests. I have lost several to soft scale insect. They are difficult to keep off the plants.

  43. Hi,
    I am in NC,USA.
    I have a small baby curry leaves plant , I bought it inside home like 3 weeks back n I see like centipede insects in the soil. What to do?
    I look online and it says to change the soil,if I change the soil now,as it’s winter n the temp goes below 10*c in night does my plant survives?
    Thanks in advance.

    • My curry plants have not had good luck with temps lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. So try to keep it somewhere warm enough!

  44. Can I use ground coffe/tea as a fertilizer to the curry leaves plant? My plant is still young.

    • Depends. Is your curry leaf plant indoors or outdoors? I do not suggest using coffee grounds on indoor plants. It will smell bad and have pesky little gnats all over the place. Trust me, been there and done that. 😉

  45. My curry plant has gotten a bit leggy with about 8″ of bare stalk before the branches begin. When I re-pot, should I bury the bare stalk in the soil so that the branches begin a few inches above the soil surface? Thanks!

    • I would probably bury the bare stalk. I do that with my tomatoes, so hopefully you can do this with other plants? Hope that helps!

  46. i have had a kadipitha plant for 25+ years, and during the last ten years i have
    given seedlings to many friends. some plants survived and some did not.

    we keep the plant in a large. enough pot in our deck during summer (New jersey)
    and move into the kitchen during the long winter( Nov to May).. i worry about this plant more than my own health during the winter. you need lock of luck and efforts to keep the plant alive!

    i keep the indoor lights on for 8 hours and try to keep humidity high with a plate of water and heater etc.

    Is there any one else with a better idea ?????

  47. Hi Cris, great post and lots of information. Thanks!
    I live in zone 6. I had a beautiful curry leaf plant that was 3 years old and about 4′ tall. I used to put it out every summer and it was doing beautifully although it never branched out; had lush green leaves that were huge. Last summer, when I put it out, it froze – almost flash dried and all the leaves were green but dried. I have never seen anything like that before. I trimmed the leaves hoping to revive but the stem slowly browned out and I had to trash the plant.
    Now I have a small pup that is 4-5″ tall. It is already November and I do not want to risk transplanting it to a bigger pot. Should I go ahead and do that or wait until spring? It is in a north facing window with plenty of daylight but no direct sunlight.

  48. Hi ,

    I have a sapling and it’s growing real slow, and in itself looks pretty healthy . It’s been almost 5 months since we bought it and repotted in a bigger pot and kept indoors since the start , which allows for partial sunlight.

    The concern is the sapling seems to be pushing itself up slowly in a way that the root near soil surface level is getting exposed up to a centimetre or two. I cover it up carefully and gentley but it repeats .

    Could you shed some light if you know what’s happening here ? Answer/s will be much appreciated

    Regards

    • That’s a new issue for me, so I’ll share it in the comments here: anyone else have this happen? Any tips?

      • i live in sanramon ,california. I started curry leaf seeds with seed starting mix.. I got small curry plants.

        Do i need to change the seed starting mix to miracle gro??

        i am seeing brown color on leaves tip so what might be the reason ??

        Please help me should i change the soil or it is ok to leave it like that??

        What do i do if plant curls up ??

      • problem :brown tip on curry leaves.Some front leaves has round different shap

        Curry leaf started from seeds with seed starting mix

        Do i need to change the soil to miracle gro ??

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