How to plant curry leaf

Written by bonnie grant | 13/05/2017
How to plant curry leaf
Curry leaf is a basic Indian seasoning used in a variety of curries and chutneys. (Carin Krasner/Pixland/Getty Images)

The curry leaf plant is often mistaken for the curry plant. The curry leaf plant is edible and is called Murraya koenigii. It comes in three sizes: regular, dwarf and the most fragrant, Gamthi. The regular curry leaf plant can grow 8 to 9 feet tall. All curry leaf plants require warm temperatures and well drained soil. The fastest growth actually occurs when the conditions are hot and dry. Curry leaf is native to India and the Himalayas, and has moved to Myanmar and southern China.

Mix together one part peat, two parts soil and one part sand for drainage. Put the potting mix into the pot about 2/3 of the way to the lip. Curry likes well drained, dry soil. The peat will keep the mixture from clumping and the sand will keep water from standing in the pot. The nice loamy soil creates a good base to hold nutrition.

Un-pot your curry leaf plant and gently spread it's roots. Stand the plant up in the pot and cover up to the stem with the potting mix. Press the soil around the stem, taking care not to mound the soil up around the wood. Potting the plant will enable you to bring it in when weather gets below 18.3 degrees Celsius.

Water the plant completely the first time to let the dirt settle. Thereafter, let the pot dry out totally before watering. Check the moisture manually by sticking your finger down into the soil. After a couple weeks, water in a well diluted fertiliser (consult package directions for mixing information).

Place the plant outdoors in summer warmth, but give it a partial shade location. Make sure the plant is shaded at the height of the sun's rays in midday. Place the plant in a north- or east-facing window with indirect light to grow it inside; use blinds to provide filtered light at midday.

Reduce water by half in the winter and cease fertilising. The plant will become semidormant and doesn't need as much nutrition and moisture. Place the plant outside in April, or when temperatures have warmed up.


Curry leaf plant can be propagated by root cuttings, suckers and seed.

Tips and warnings

  • Curry leaf plant can be propagated by root cuttings, suckers and seed.

Things you need

  • Pot with good drainage holes
  • Peat moss
  • Loamy soil
  • Sand
  • Spade
  • Curry leaf plant
  • Balanced fertiliser

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