Indian Curry leaves Plant - Need help

shmruthi(10 CA)April 29, 2003

Hi!,

I live in LA county, I have a curry leaves plant which is 5-6 inches tall for the past 2 years. There is no new growth. Plant looks healthy. I water as needed and give sour yogurt and miracle grow regularly. It is in the ground in a area where it gets plenty of sunshine.

Thanks.

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Violet_Z6(6a)

Assuming you have what is botanically known as "Murraya koenigii", the following links may be of help:

Murraya koenigii

More on Murraya koenigii

You may need to let it completely dry out between waterings and move it into partial shade.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2003 at 3:22PM
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geeta04

Hi,
I have curry leaf plant it's about 2 and 1/2 feet tall then I transplanted into bigger pot it was fine about week and now the branches are little droopy and the tip of the plant does not even grow anymore. What can I do to make my curry leaf tree grow tall and healthy again.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2004 at 11:32AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

How much bigger of a pot? What type of soil? Where is it located? What temperature is it? How much light does it get?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2004 at 11:46AM
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DaraMV(z9b SZ19 SoCal)

Does this plant do better in the shade? I notice that the tips of the new buds are crispy from being in the hot sun. :(
Dara

    Bookmark   April 25, 2004 at 12:56AM
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chaman(z7MD)

Murraya Koenigii grow slowly during first three years.They love partial shade and moisturious surroundings.Large pots will encourage thin side roots which will impede the growth. Fertilize sparingly. I keep the pots near the mint bed for moisture.

chiman

    Bookmark   April 25, 2004 at 6:46AM
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geeta04

Hi,
I have 2 1/2 feet tall curry leaf plant and recently I transplanted into bigger pot and now the leaves and the branches are droopy and the tip of the plant does not even grow. Can anyone please help my plant grow tall make it purkup and helthy again

    Bookmark   April 26, 2004 at 11:55AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

geeta04,

No need to post your question in four threads at the same forum....

What type of soil did you use? Where is it located? inside/outside/shade/sun - is it in the same location where it was before you repotted?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2004 at 8:13PM
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marguerite_gw

I bought seeds yesterday of Murraya exotica, and the blurb on the back says the leaves can be used in curries. Now, after reading about Muraya koenigi here, I'm not so sure. Can the leaves of this species be used in this way? Also, the fruits, since the plant is related to citrus, does anyone know if they are edible, or at least safe with children?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2004 at 4:09AM
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illinigirl(5)

this is my first season with the curry leaf plant. It's normally indoors (living in Michigan) but as the weather warmed up I moved it outside (still in the pot). Now I see ants crawling all over it. They don't appear to be eating it- I see no leaf destruction. But what are they doing? Should I try to eradicate the ants? Are they harmless? Should I bring the plant back inside?

Plant was dormant during the winter months, had a fast growth spurt in spring (while still indoors), lay dormant, and now I see another set of leaves growing from the top.

Any advice on the ants?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2004 at 12:57PM
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fallow(Z8 TX)

RE: Ants.

It would be worth checking to see whether the ants are "farming" either aphids or soft scale insects for their "nectar". The ants are unlikely to be doing any damage themselves, but if they are acting with aphids or scale, these will damage the plant. Both aphids and scale are succeptable to various insectidal soaps and oils. (Safer's Soaps and Neem Oil for example) Read the directions as both can burn some foliage in strong light and heat.

If you eliminate the "livestock" the ants will eventually find another place to "farm".

My experience has been that most plents accumulate parasites when they are in the greenhouse and lose them when they are outdoors and the competition is more intense.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2004 at 6:47PM
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illinigirl(5)

Thanks for the ant info. Interestingly enough, the big ants went away, and now the plant is covered in small ants. Wierd. I havent' noticed aphids but with all the ants scurrying around i may have missed them. I will look into the insecticide (which I would have to do before bringing the plant inside in the fall anyways).

Thanks again,
IG

    Bookmark   July 15, 2004 at 12:09AM
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karus

Neem oil is the safest way to get rid of ants. But you must be careful while using it. The best way is to use cotton swabs to apply it. Some varieties need to be diluted before use. And do remember to use small amounts.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2004 at 1:36PM
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sunita(India)

The Curry Leaf plant needs full sun and not partial shade as someone had posted earlier. I have several of these plants as I use the leaves regularly in all my curries.
When I first started growing them I had planted one in a partially shaded spot and the leaves were tiny and the plant just refused to grow taller than 2 feet tall. Then I transplanted it to a spot where it gets full sun throughout the year and what do you know? its over 7 feet tall now and still growing with a mini-forest of off-shoots all over the place. I dont water it much, maybe a little at the very peak of summer when temperatures are around 36*C. I do apply neem oil at times when I'm spraying it on my other plants.
By the way Marguerite, curry leaves are fantastic in curries (obviously). You've got to strip off a few, tear it (to get the full flavour and aroma) and saute it in hot oil for a few seconds (watch it doesnt brown / burn) before adding any other ingredient. It adds that authentic touch to Indian curries.
I've never heard of anyone eating the fruit of the curry leaf though.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2004 at 10:53AM
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Shantihhh(9b CA)

http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katzer/engl/generic_frame.html?Murr_koe.html

wonderful info on curry leaf including photos of the trees, blossom, and fruit.

This site is my favourite for spices info. Cut and copy into your browser the given address.

Mary-Anne

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 6:28PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

How are all your Murraya koenigii plants doing now?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 11:05AM
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chaman(z7MD)

I was referring to young and tender plants germinated from seeds. In my experience they need partial shade and moisture in hot summer days for one to two years. Very hot summer days will kill one or two inches tall tender plants germinated from seeds.
Suckers which are detached from roots of mother plants will nedd hot sun and moisture.
Two to three years old plants germinated from seeds will do good in summer heat and moisture.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 12:51PM
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vid_nand(Z 9 CA)

Hi All,
I'm looking for some murraya koenigii plants or seeds. I got some from Viji(Thanks a lot viji!) But they all died few weeks back. It will be great if somebody can give me some seeds or plants.

Thanks

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 5:05PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

vid_nand,

Please go to the first page of this forum, look just above the first post and click on the Exchanges link. Then post your request there. It is not necessary to spam the forum with multiple identical posts.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 7:22PM
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chaman(z7MD)

violet_z6 has made a good point.Searcing GW thru search help (at top of the page on right corner) will provide good informatiom.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2006 at 1:49AM
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aj_boston

Where can I buy them in Florida?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2007 at 2:02PM
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chaman(z7MD)

If you can not find one in Florida, contact www.pctgardens.com.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2007 at 8:32PM
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aj773_hotmail_com

unlike the thread above I am in UK and surprisingly the plant which is now 2ft has survived my not so green hands. Sunlight here is a rarity hence its all the more of a challenge for the plant to survive this long in inexperienced hands. It is kept in the kitchen where it is generally warm but cant substitute the sunlight, wish I could.

More recently it is getting black towards the growing tips. Fresh shoots develop but they soon turn black and drop off. They are watered sparingly (weekly) and get Babybio as the feed(2-3 drops while watering).

should I be doing anything or should nature take its course. any advise is helpful but bear in mind you are dealing with a not-so-green-hands.

aj

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 5:29PM
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reginaaginar(5b/6a)

Hi aj,
curry plant needs full sunlight, well drained dry soil and needs to be fertilized once during the summer. Probably it is the lack of sunlight that is causing the problem. Maybe if you were able to reflect sunlight on to it with the help of a mirror.... Just a shot!
You are lucky you have a curryplant :) I am looking all over the place for it and can do anything to own one ;)
Regina

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 8:44PM
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vinodaggarwal_yahoo_com

I have Indian curry plant. It is not growing There are pink color extremely tiny insects What insecticide do I use?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 2:52PM
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Seedssun

Hello,

Do you have Curry leaf seeds?
Do you have any other Asian/Indian veg seeds? We can exchange.

thanks

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 3:42PM
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