buy and grow Curry plant in Seattle

vdixitMay 4, 2007

Hello all,

Is the Curry plant (one thats used in Indian food) hardy in this region? Does it survive our winters or is it strictly an indoors plant?

If it can be grown can anyone tell me which nursery would one buy it from?



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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

I may be wrong, if so someone correct me. The curry plant that I know Helichrysum italicum, is not used to make curry, the leaves do indeed smell like curry. I believe curry powder is made up of a blend of several different spices.
H.i. has yellow flowers, is a good container plant and is drought tolerant. The flowers are sometimes used as dried flowers. This plant is hardy for me so I would think it would be for you. Look for it in the herb section of most garden centers.


    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 7:35PM
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xantippe(8 Portland OR)

I have had excellent luck with my curry plant. It has been through three moves in its three years (from ground to pot to ground again) and has not blinked. I LOVE it. Now, as for what it would taste like... I have no idea. But below is a recipe link from "The Splendid Table", an NPR cooking show I really like.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pilau Rice with Saffron and Fresh Curry Leaves

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 1:12AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Hmmm, I did a bit of searching and found another curry plant, Murraya koenigii, apparently these leaves are used in Indian cooking. Check the link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Curry-leaf Tree

    Bookmark   May 5, 2007 at 2:13AM
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Yes, Murraya koenigii is the Indian curry plant. THanks for the link. I think it will not even survive our summers forget winters!! I should have known. I guess I have to buy them at the Indian store as always.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 1:29AM
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Here I am in Seattle, thinking exactly the same thing! I want to grow a curry tree. From looking around here, and at other sites, it seems like we can grow it in Seattle, in a container, as long as it is brought in during the cold weather.

There is someone growing it in New York who is offering seeds. You can find the posting on the Upstate New York forum. allgrnbrewer is the user name. If they can be grown in New York, no reason we shouldn't be able to do the same.

I've got investigate my yard a bit to see where I could put a container for the summer, and my house for the rest of the year.

Good Luck!


    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 6:31PM
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I too am looking to grow my own curry leaves. In the meantime, does anyone have a list of stores in Seattle that carry them? I have found one in the U District. But I fear that they will not have a good supply! Lets trade sources.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 4:10AM
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Well, I blew $20 including shipping and bought a curry tree seedling (the kind for cooking) to try and grow in a pot here. Probably the worst year ever to try it, it's been so cold. I could have bought a LOT of curry leaves for that price. By the way, I get mine at Pablas Indian Grocery in Renton if you are ever down that way. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 8:19PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

I only share this recipe with my very best friends, so here is my favorite Curry recipe. It's dastardly simple but you have to promise not to tell anyone else:

Easy Chicken Curry

Skinless chicken thighs

with or without bones, as many as you need
Mix together:
1 tins mushroom soup undiluted
1 c miracle whip (I use low fat)
1/2 lemon squeezed
curry powder or Patak Curry paste (my favorite) 1 Â 2 Tbls or to taste
Pour sauce over raw chicken in casserole dish and cook in 350 oven for about 1 hour. Top browns nicely.
Very forgiving recipe -- you can cook warmer or cooler if necessary for other things.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 11:16PM
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nw_gardener(8 (WA/Kirkland))

Murraya koenigii also ships from Amazon: this option looks to cost you ~27$ with shipping and taxes.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 1:04AM
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grrrnthumb(z8 WA)

Actually Murraya koenigii is not the curry plant, it's the "curry tree". Here are some terms that might be helpful:

"Curry plant" Helichrysum italicum; fragrant, but not used in cooking.
"Curry tree" Murraya koenigii; aromatic leaves used in cooking similarly to bay leaves. Is not used in common western-world-style curry. Can not be used in Dotty's curry chicken recipe.
"Curry leaves"; same as curry tree.
"Curry powder"; in the US/Britan, etc., this is a mix of coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and red pepper, with some occasional extra minor ingredients. It's our westernized view of curry.
"Curry"; if you live in the US, this means curry powder. If you live in India it generically means gravy, sauce, or a mix of spices.
- Tom

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 3:24PM
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I've been growing a curry tree (Murraya koenigii) for a few years. I think I got mine from Logees. It has done so-so in the sunroom. I'm in the foothills of the Cascades east of Tacoma, so it's a little cooler in the winter here than in Seattle, but I keep the sunroom above 40-45 in the winter. I've almost thrown the plant out a few times but then it blooms or starts growing again and gets a second lease on life. The leaves have kind of a weird smell to them, as Tom indicates above I can't imagine using it in what we think of for curry recipes. Mine is not branching, just growing straight up about 4 feet tall now, otherwise I'd be happy to offer cuttings. But assuming you have limited budget or limited space, I'd look elsewhere for an interesting plan to grow.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 10:24PM
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nancyanne_2010(Z 8 / WA)

If you ever decide to get rid of it, I'll trade you for it.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 11:49PM
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