Curry Leaf Plant Care


The curry leaf plant, or Murraya koenigii is often confused with the curry plant, or Helichrysum angustifolium. It is considered a small tree or shrub and grows well as a potted plant when properly cared for. The curry leaf tree is native to the outer Himalayas region and forests of India. The plant produces sweet smelling blossoms at various times during the year and its strongly scented leaves are used in cooking or to make curries. Caring for curry leaf plants is easy.

Step 1

Use well draining potting soil to grow your curry leaf plant. Or mix one part peat moss, one part sand (or perlite) with two parts loam.

Step 2

Place the curry leaf tree in a location with full sun to partial shade. Provide warm temperatures that go no lower than 65 degrees F in the winter.

Step 3

Water the curry leaf plant thoroughly. Allow soil to become nearly dry before watering again. Water the plant less in the winter.

Step 4

Apply fertilizer sparingly to the curry leaf tree. Use standard 15-15-15 fertilizer or blooming formulas. Do not apply any fertilizer to the curry plant during the winter season.

Step 5

Prune curry leaf plant as needed to maintain desired size and shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss (optional)
  • Sand or perlite (optional)
  • Loam (optional)
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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