We are almost sure the aroma and the taste of this plant’s leaves have already invaded your home more times than we can count. It’s the curry leaves plant. A plant of the Indian origin, this green buddy is cherished worldwide for its versatility. If the leaves have made your dinners perfect and the aroma made your day, it’s about time you bring this plant home. The rich green foliage only makes it look more inviting apart from the unique fresh smell. You can either plant a miniature version of it to make your interior look more natural or plant a bigger specimen to enhance your garden space. There’s a reason why so many households all around India love this plant so much, it’s about time you know it too.
Common name: Curry leaves plant / Kadi patta
Scientific name: Murraya koenigii
Size: The plant has a moderate growth and can grow to a height ranging from 6 to 20 ft depending on where you plant it.
Maintenance: A self sufficient plant that can thrive in most conditions. Low maintenance.
Toxicity: The plant is non toxic. However, the seeds are poisonous. The foliage is safe for pets and humans.
The plant requires regular watering for the first two months of establishment. After which you can water it every 4-5 days. Make sure to increase the span between watering during winters.
Curry leaves plants love to be under the sun. A tropical plant to its core, these green beauties thrive in warm temperatures.
The plant isn’t too fussy when it comes to the type of soil. All it needs is limited water. Make sure the soil drains well.
Humidity is not something you need to be concerned with, as this plant tolerates a good range of humid fluctuations.
This many purpose plant craves nitrogen rich organic fertilizers in the growth season. Avoid any additional food source in winters.
Two very simple ways to multiply the Curry leaf plant is by germinating the poisonous seeds found in the berries. It is advised to remove the hard shell of the seed and then plant it in a good soil mix to increase the success rate of germination. Make sure the soil is rich and moist. Another simpler method is to use a cutting of a mature healthy tree and plant it in a moist healthy soil. Misting it regularly during this phase is great.