Help! Murraya Koenigii yellowing leaves

homey_birdJune 20, 2006

Hi everyone,

I have a Murraya Koenigii (Indian Curry Plant) in a container. Last entire year and winter, it did well and grew fine. This year, about a month back I repotted it in a bigger pot. For record, new pot is much bigger than the original pot.

The plant grew well initially. It also threw bunch of new branches and even flower buds -- which it never did before -- but now suddently leaves are drooping. Leaf tips are turning yellow/copper. When leaf twigs on the plant are touched, they come off very easily. Some leaves have a kind of black powdery stuff on them.

I have been watering it very sparingly because I heard that plant does not like too much water, plus in large containers, moisture is retained longer.

Is this due to overwatering, underwatering, wrong soil type(I used regular Miracle Gro Potting Mix) -- or lack of fertilizer?

Can someone please help me? I am confused by why the plant is doing badly when the season is so great! I am in SF Bay Area, by the way.

Thanks in advance!!

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daai_tou_laam(Hong Kong)

Black Powdery stuff? Check the undersides of the leaves above the ones with the black powdery stuff on them for sucking insects.

Has the plant been given a shower (natural or otherwise) recently?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2006 at 10:08PM
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hlily(z5 IL)

Murraya Koenigii hates repotting.Water it well once and leave it alone till the soil dries a little. It likes sun and high humidity. My plants drop leaves in the winter when the humity is low. I prune it well in the spring.
It might also be infested with some pest so check the leaves and if you do find a pest, use an appropriate insecticide but then do not use the leaves till next year.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2006 at 7:14PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Murraya koenigii likes humidity and indoors is very susceptible to spider mites, which can appear like black powder. Shake an affected leaf over a sheet of white paper; if you see little dots crawling across the paper they're spider mites.

If that's what you have, they are hard to get rid of. Rinse the foliage thoroughly, put a humidifier nearby, and if they return spray plant and soil with a neem oil solution.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 2:41PM
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I live in Fremont and this summer I planted a curry leaf tree in the ground. I want to know if the plant will survive the winter and if not what I should be doing to help the plant survive the cold/frost.


    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 12:37PM
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