Curry-Leaf Tree (Murraya koenigii) potted seedling, organic

Greetings! Due to the extreme amount of expectation around curry leaf tree seedlings I would like to let you know that these are healthy starts in 3-inch pots, one of which is pictured as the primary product image on this page. The actual tree may differ slightly but is for all practical purposes the same as the photo. You will need to pot this up to a gallon pot upon receipt. Curry leaf trees need a deep, well-drained and fertile soil and plenty of filtered sunlight and warmth. Note the addition of PUMICE in the potting soil for the pictured potted plant. Pumice is recommended.

Family: Rue (Rutaceae)

Outdoor culture Zones 10 to 12.Commonly grown as a potted plant on the summer patio, brought in for the winter. Protect from frost.

(Black Neem, Sweet Neem) Tropical to sub-tropical deciduous tree to 18 feet, native to Southern India. The pinnate leaves are handsome, as are the small, white, fragrant flowers that give way to clusters of black berries. The curry tree leaves (which should be confounded neither with the compound spice “curry” nor the curry plant (Helichrysum italicum), are used as spiritual offerings and lend their unique taste and aroma to Indian cuisine. Traditional use (Ayurveda): as a spicily aromatic culinary herb, stir-fried as a base for curries. Also as a medicinal herb: upset stomach, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, anemia, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Plant prefers tropical sun to part shade, fast-draining soils and regular watering. Best in tropical humidity but possible as an indoor plant or patio plant brought in for the winter. Plant prefers sun to part shade and rich, moist but well-drained soil. Keep them warm, give bright light at a minimum of 6 hours per day, and water sparingly during winter.

Potted seedling, Certified Organically Grown

  1. Excellent plant – I am so happy with it Review by Anne

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    I received the plant today. It is healthy and beautiful. It is larger than I expected. I am happy that I ordered from Logee’s. (Posted on 8/21/2019)

  2. Great plant Review by Cathleen

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    I’ve ordered this plant before as I use it in my Indian meals. I am particular pleased with this plant that I just received as it is bigger & has a great root development, much more so than the ones I have ordered in the past. I am delighted with this plant! Thank you! (Posted on 7/24/2019)

  3. Must buy Review by Sahana

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    I ordered this plant last year in fall and it happily survived Ohio winter. The plant is on East facing window all year, was worried to keep it out in summer coz of pest. Healthy plant was shipped and customer support is awesome!! (Posted on 11/1/2016)

  4. Amazing, will absolutely recommend Review by Madhoo

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    I bought this plant last year, it came well packed and the plant was healthy. Within a year, it has become 3 feet tall and healthy looking. I have it indoors in my sun room. Thank you Logees, you made my dream come true. (Posted on 8/18/2016)

  5. Happy to recommend 🙂 Review by Moni

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    Very happy with this purchase. Will recommend to my friends. 🙂 (Posted on 6/15/2016)

  6. Beautiful with good tasting leaves Review by Mary

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    I bought two of these plants two years ago. They were about six inches tall when they arrived. They are now over three feet tall and would probably grow larger if I didn’t have to keep them in pots. They live on my patio in DC in the summer and spend the winter indoors. They drop leaves in the spring but are lush and green by July. They attract pollinator insects like bumble bees with their fragrant blossoms. They are also handy for making Anjum Anand’s cabbage stir fry recipe flavored with curry leaves. Much fresher than purchased curry leaves, and you can grow them organically. (Posted on 4/21/2016)

  7. Beautiful Plant Review by Michele

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    The curry leaf plant I received is healthy looking and bigger than I was expecting! It was described as 4-6″ but it measured 7 1/2″ and is nice and full looking. Shipping was fast and the plant was well packaged! Thank you! (Posted on 8/5/2015)

  8. Excellent Review by Maya

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    The plants were very healthy and beautiful. It was perfectly packed and delivered sooner than i expected. Have referred to many of my friends and will continue to buy from your store. Happy to have found your website online!!
    (Posted on 4/22/2015)

  9. very good Review by suma

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    they sent the plant in very good condition. the plant size was also pretty good. I am very happy with my purchase. (Posted on 8/3/2014)

Mamta’s Kitchen

Curry Leaf Tree, How To Grow And Store Its Leaves

Mamta Gupta

Curry leaf tree, botanical name is Murraya koenigii, has extremely aromatic leaves, which are used in making various curries all over India, especially in southern India and Sri-Lanka. The leaf pattern is bi-pinnate. It’s flowers and fruits are somewhat similar in looks to the famous, medicinal Neem Trees of India, Azadirachta indica. Because both the tree leaves look similar, curry leaf tree is sometimes called ‘meetha (sweet) neem’. In India, they grow in most types of soil and can grow up to 2-2 1/2 meters. Leaves are most flavoursome when used fresh, straight off the tree. If you can find them only rarely, you can freeze them, but do not wash before freezing. Any water on the leaves will ‘burn’ them. Leaves can be bought from many Indian grocers in UK. They are sold either fresh or dry in packets. Fresh have better flavour. Dry leaves have hardly any flavour, not something I will ever use.

In cold countries, the ‘tree’ has to be kept indoors, except in summer months. It is not frost hardy. You can buy small ‘trees’ from some nurseries in UK, but don’t confuse it with the so called ‘Curry plant’ Heichrysum italicum. Curry leaf trees have small, berry like fruits with a single stone. They become dark purple in colour and taste sweet when ripe, but not really nice enough to be eaten as a fruit. These trees are difficult to grow from seeds, which remain viable only for a short period after falling off the tree. In India, people often harvest new plants from under the existing tree. I remember my father potting lots of little ones and passing them on to friends and family. It is perhaps easier to grow from a cutting. I have tried it; I got one plant survive from 3 cuttings that I started with, not bad!

Remember that the tree often loses all its leaves during winter. Do not worry, it is not dead, just resting. Don’t throw it out!

Edited April 2016

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Ingredients

  • Curry leaves give a very distinctive aroma to a dish, not replicated by any other herb even remotely. Apart from cooking they are also used in several natural remedies including for digestive system ailments, skin conditions and diabetes.

Instructions

  1. Cultivation

  2. Harvesting seedlings: Curry leaf trees produces white flowers in summer, which then produce small, berry like fruit. The berries mature into purple fruits, which then fall to the ground. They have a hard stone in the centre, the seed. As monsoon usually follows the fruit fall, you often see many seedlings appearing under the parent tree. It is best to harvest these seedlings and pot them immediately after digging them out.

  3. Sowing: You may get lucky if you can find and sow seeds immediately after they fall, not yet dry. If they dry out, they will not germinate. Sow in soil that is well draining, perhaps with a little grit added.

  4. Cutting: Select a semi hardwood branch, with a couple of bi-pinnate leaves attached to it. Cut the branch at the base with a sharp knife, cleanly. Remove lower leaves, if there are more than 2-3. Dip it in rooting powder, if you have any. Pot it in a mix of 50 percent potting compost and 50 percent aquarium gravel or a mixture of 50 percent vermiculite and 50 percent perlite. This will prevent water clogging at roots. Make a hole in the compost using the back of a pencil or similar. Place the cutting inside, gently firming the soil around it. Water it a little. Enclose the pot in a plastic bag, transparent one so you can keep an eye on it. Keep it in a warm, but not sunny place. If you are lucky, it will begin to make roots in 3-5 weeks.

  5. Caring for the plant: Here in south England, I keep mine in the kitchen the whole year round, taking it out only in very hot weather. It must be brought indoors during cold weather. When placing it outdoors during summer, find a sunny position, not too windy. Water it in summer regularly, less often in winter, after checking the soil for moisture. Do not let it stand in water.

  6. Storing fresh leaves: Either leave them on their stalks or strip them off the stalks. Wash well and spread out on a towel for 12 hours, until all water has dried off. 1) Place in a plastic bag, press to remove as much air as you can and seal. Keep them in fridge. 2) Wrap them in a paper towel, then keep in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. 3) They can be frozen like this, if you can buy them only occasionally. You can take out as many as you want and use them directly from the freezer, without defrosting. 4) You can dry washed leaves. Spread out on a towel/newspaper, in shade or in a warm room or a conservatory. Then store them in airtight jars.

Curry Leaf Tree
Botanical Name: Murraya koenigii

Curry Leaf Tree is a small evergreen tree which grows 3-6m in height. It has aromatic compound leaves with about 12 dark green leaves pet stem. White flowers occur in clusters and are followed by pea sized berries which turn reddish brown when ripe.

Curry leaf tree is a native of India and Sri Lanka where it has been used medicinally and in cooking for hundreds of years. Leaves are used in curries, vegetable dishes, chutneys, pickles. The leaves are often fried first in oil before other spices are added. Curry Leaves are now also used in Malaysia and Indonesia mainly in fish curries.

Use the leaves on the BBQ to add a warm, smoky, spicy flavour to fish, meat and potatoes. Simply pile a large handful of leaves onto the BBQ plate and place the fish or meat on top and cook covered with a deep lid from a large pan.

Growing Conditions

Curry leaf trees are tropical plants but will grow in cooler climates if kept in warm area through the winter. The trees sucker vigorously so if space is limited growing in a pot is a good option. They grow well in a pot and make an attractive plant for a verandah or outdoor area.

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