How to Grow Curry: The natural spice in a pot

The Curry tree (Murraya koenigii) is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae and is mainly found in Asia.

Curry leaves are used in many dishes in the Indian subcontinent. Mostly used in curries, the leaves are generally called by the name “curry leaves”.

PREPARATION and PLANTING:

Planning and pre-requirements for curry plant is a piece of cake.

For planting a normal 8 inch pot can be considered. When growing from seeds : Seeds shoud be ripe and fresh to plant; dried or shriveled fruits will not work. One can plant the whole fruit, but it is probably better to remove the pulp before planting in potting mix that should be kept moist but not wet. Stem cuttings can be also used for growing.

It grows best in well-drained soil ( alluvial soil) in areas with full sun or shade, preferably away from the wind. Growth is more, when temperatures are at least 18-20°C.

MAINTAINANCE and WATERING:

In the spring season and the less hot months of the year, this is a plant that will grow well with a once a week watering. However, during the hot summer months, it requires water each and every day to make sure that the soil does not become too dry in the heat.

The curry tree should be grown in rich, well-drained mineral rich soil in full sunlight or partial shade. During summer and spring, the curry leaf tree should be given fertilizer once every 5 weeks, which can improve the overall health of the plant.

Dissolving about 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in 1 liter water and feed to the curry leaf plant when it is dry. Givkng Epsom salt every 3 months and curry leaf plant will grow faster and very well. The plant will grow green leaves throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Make sure to keep the pets and insects in check as they can harm the plant. Pruning the plant should be considered to make sure the plant doesn’t get too big.

USES and FACTS:

Curry leaves are considered to have the strongest flavor and aroma when fresh harvested from the tree. You can use them in soups, sauces and stews as you would use a bay leaf, and fish it out when the leaf has been steeped. You can also dry the leaves and crush them for use. Store them in a sealed glass jar out of light and shoud be used within a couple of months. Because they lose flavor fast, growing curry leaf tree is the best way to have a good, constant supply of this flavorful herb.

The fresh leaves are valued as seasoning in the cuisines of South and Southeast Asia.They are mostly used in southern and west coast Indian cooking, usually fried along with vegetable oil, mustard seeds and chopped onions in the first stage of the preparation. They are also used to make thoran, vada, rasam and kadhi.

Keeping a curry plant in the house will give you a constant supply of this flavourfull herb.

Thus, my article on “Curry plants” comes to a rest. Hope this helps you get the overall idea about growing curry plant.

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