The botanical name of curry leaf tree is Murraya koenigii. Actually the curry leaf plants are a component of the Indian seasoning called curry. The curry seasoning is a collection of many herbs and spices, whose flavor can sometimes come from curry leaf plants. The curry leaf herb is a culinary plant whose leaves are actually used as an aromatic and the fruit of the plant is a component of desserts in some Eastern nations. Continue reading to learn more on how to grow curry leaves at home from stem.


 Curry Leaf Herb Info

The scientific name of the curry leaf tree is Murraya koenigii and the plant is a small bush or tree that only grows thirteen to just under twenty feet in height. The curry leaf tree plant is tropical to sub-tropical and it produces small, fragrant, white flowers that become small, black, berry-like fruits. The curry leaf tree fruit is edible, but the seed is poisonous and must be removed prior to use. The foliage is the real standout; it’s arranged alternately on the stem and pinnate and is comprised of many leaflets. The aromatic scent is spicy and heady and best when the leaves are fresh.


How to Grow Curry Leaves at Home from Stem

The curry leaf tree plants can be grown from stem. Just use fresh curry leaves with petiole or stem and start a plant. Make sure you treat the leaves as a cutting and then insert them into a soilless potting medium. Take a piece of stem from the curry leaf tree that is about three inches long and that has several leaves. Remove the bottom one inch of leaves. Immerse the bare stem into the medium and mist thoroughly. It will root in about 3 weeks if you keep it warm and moist. Growing curry leaves to produce a new plant is actually the easiest method of propagation. Growing curry leaf plant in the home garden is only advisable in areas without freezes. The curry leaf tree is frost tender but it can be grown indoors. Plant the curry leaf tree in a well-drained pot with a good potting mix and place it in a sunny area. You can feed them weekly with a diluted solution of seaweed fertilizer and also trim the leaves as needed. Watch the curry leaf tree plant for mites and scale. You can use an insecticidal soap to combat the pests. The curry leaf tree requires moderately moist soil. Curry leaf plant care is quite straightforward and even suitable for a beginner.  


Curry Leaf Uses

The Curry leaves really have the strongest flavor and aroma when fresh. You can use curry leaves in soups, sauces, and stews as you would use a bay leaf, and fish it out when the leaf has steeped. You can also dry the curry leaves and crush them for use. You can store the dried curry leaves in a sealed glass jar out of light and use them within a couple of months. 

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