Before your prune your curry leaf tree, consider air layering the part that you want to prune off the curry tree.

Air layering is a method of plant propagation that involves encouraging roots to form on a branch while it is still attached to the parent plant. This technique is often used for plants that may be difficult to propagate by cuttings, such as curry leaf trees. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to propagate a curry leaf tree through air layering:

Materials Needed:

  1. Sharp knife or pruning shears
  2. Sphagnum moss, coconut coir or potting soil
  3. Plastic wrap
  4. Clear plastic sheet or plastic bag
  5. Rooting hormone (optional)
  6. Twist ties, zip ties or plant ties


  1. Select a Healthy Branch: Choose a healthy, mature branch that is about pencil-thickness and free from disease or damage.
  2. Choose a Node: Select a location on the chosen branch where a node is present. A node is a point on the stem where leaves, buds, or branches emerge.
  3. Make a Cut: Make a slanting cut through the branch just below the selected node. The cut should be about 1-2 inches long, and it should expose the inner wood of the branch.
  4. Remove a Ring of Bark: Gently remove a ring of bark (1-2 inches wide) around the branch just above the cut. This exposes the cambium layer, which is where root formation will occur.
  5. Apply Rooting Hormone (Optional): You can apply rooting hormone to the exposed cambium layer to encourage root development. This step is optional but can enhance the success rate.
  6. Wrap with Moist Sphagnum Moss: Wet sphagnum moss, potting soil or coconut coir and wrap it around the exposed section, covering the cut and the ring of exposed cambium layer. Make sure the moss is securely in place.
  7. Wrap with Plastic: Cover the moist sphagnum moss with a piece of plastic wrap or clear plastic sheet, ensuring it is tightly secured. This creates a humid environment that encourages root growth.
  8. Secure with Twist Ties: Use twist ties, zip ties or plant ties to secure the plastic wrap in place. Make sure the wrapping is airtight to maintain the humidity.
  9. Wait for Roots to Develop: Allow time for roots to develop. This process may take several weeks to a few months. Check periodically by gently lifting the plastic wrap and inspecting the roots.
  10. Cut and Pot the New Plant: Once you see a sufficient number of roots (several inches long), cut the branch below the new root system. Pot the rooted section in a well-draining potting mix.
  11. Provide Care for the New Plant: Place the potted cutting in a warm and humid environment. Keep the soil consistently moist, and provide filtered sunlight initially. Gradually acclimate the plant to brighter light as it establishes.

Remember to perform air layering during the growing season for the best results. Additionally, not all air layers may be successful, so it’s a good idea to attempt several to increase the chances of success.