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Grow your own curry leaves
What is a curry leaf tree?
Originating in South India and Sri Lanka, the curry leaf tree goes by many names: Murraya / Bergera Koenigii, Kadi Patta. In Southeast Asia, it’s leaves are used in cooking. Not to be confused with the curry plant “Helichrysum italicum” which is a total different species.
Curry leaf trees don’t have a special appearance. They are relatively small trees, with small green leaves and small white flowers. However, there is a spectacular fragrance and flavor in the trees, which actually give a distinctive flavor to the real South Asian curries. This is where they get their name from! In Asian cuisine, the fresh leaves are usually fried in oil, a process that lets the leaves immediately release their aroma and flavor.
Where to buy a curry leaves plant in Europe?
Unfortunately, in Europe, fresh leaves are very hard to come by. The main reason is that the EU forbids the import of fresh leaves or live plants. This is because of the infectious citrus greening disease (HLB), which they want to keep outside the EU. Imports of dried leaves are allowed, and these can be found in shops. But there’s a reason that they never use the dried version of the leaves in Asia: as this is an aromatic herb, the difference in taste between dried and fresh leaves is huge. Fresh curry leaves are giving meals an unmistakable, richer, more robust flavor.
Growing your own curry leaves is a very good option. It’s also a fun way of growing, which can eventually produce enough fresh leaves for you the whole year round. Instead of growing fruit, for example, you’ll only be able to harvest fruit once a year. But since it’s not about harvesting the fruit, but the leaves, you can harvest the whole year round.
Is the curry leaf plant easy to look after? How to pot, which soil and fertilizer to use. Sun/shade and moisture, and when do you prune?
The curry leaf tree originates from a sub tropical climate. That means the tree likes warm and humid conditions, which is ideal for a good leaf production. Those are the 2 most important factors for successfully growing a curry leaf tree.
Don’t worry! even if you don’t have green fingers, a greenhouse, shovel or even a garden: growing your own fresh curry leaves is easy and can even bring you a lot of joy! Here is everything you need to know to get started.
Although many people call it a plant, it’s actually a tree, which, in its natural habitat, can grow up to 6 meters tall.
Curry leaf trees that are regularly harvested usually reach a height of one meter.
You can increase humidity by filling a plate with water, placing a saucer upside down in it and placing the plant on it. The pot should not be in contact with the water and the plate should always be filled with water. As the water evaporates, humidity increases around the plant.
In European climates, the plant should be kept indoors in the winter, as the young tree will not survive frost in the winter. Established trees can survive mild frost. Place it on the most sunny windowsill (facing south) in order to get as much direct sunlight as possible. When the average outside temperature reaches 20 degrees Celsius, the plant can be kept outside. If kept in a pot outside, during very hot summer days, the roots may risk burning
The curry leaf tree is mainly recognizable by the smell of the leaves, which is released when cooking or rubbing the leaves. The warm, aromatic scent cannot be compared to the yellow curry powder from the supermarket, which is a blend of different spices.
The dark green lancet shaped leaves of a curry leaf tree are quite small, around two centimeters long. The leaves have a lancet shape with a clear vein in the center. In tropical conditions, the tree often loses its leaves once a year. When kept indoors, this can be more or less often. The leaves regrow quickly after falling.
Soil & fertilizer
This plant naturally grows in many parts of Asia in different subclimates and soil conditions. You will find that many different potting mixes are being used with success. So there’s not really one specific kind of soil that we recommend, except forthe fact that it should be a good-quality, well-drained potting mix. This allows moisture to not only reach the roots but also evaporate and increase humidity around the plant.
Curry leaf trees need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to grow. Use a fertilizer that has these 3 components. Studies show that (1) the growth of the leaves can be increased with fertilization. NPK fertilizer, or citrus fertilizer, since it’s from the citrus family.
These plants flourish in the wild without additional fertilization. So it’s not necessary to fertilize, but research has shown that it does increase growth and leaf production. Fertilization should be done directly after pruning and during the growing season. When kept indoors in winter, don’t fertilize because the plant doesn’t really grow. If the curry leaves dropped in winter, don’t fertilize until leaves have grown back.
The flowers, fruits and seeds
When the tree is a couple of years old, it will start to produce flowers once a year. They are white in color. In its normal habitat, this happened in late spring. When kept indoors, it may not bloom or in another period.
The fruits of the curry leaf tree are 1.5 centimeter berries. They turn from green to pinkish red, to black when they are ripe. The fruit is edible and has a nice sweet taste. The seed inside the fruit is poisonous and thus should not be eaten. The harvested seeds are only viable for a couple of weeks. Unlike many other seeds, dried old seeds will not germinate.
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