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Curry tree – a tropical to sub-tropical tree that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

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The curry tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree that belongs to the family Rutaceae.

Overview of Curry Tree

• This plant is a native to India.
• The leaves are used in many dishes in India.
• It is also used in many neighboring countries.
• It is usually used in curries and hence the name, “curry leaves”.
• It is a small tree.
• It can grow up to a height of 4–6 m.
• The trunk is up to 40 cm diameter.
• The leaves are pinnate.
• Each pinnate has about 11-21 leaflets.
• Each leaflet is about 2–4 cm long and 1–2 cm broad.
• They are highly aromatic.
• The flowers are small.
• They are white in color.
• They are fragrant.
• Their seeds are considered poisonous.
• The leaves are of high value as seasoning in southern and west-coast Indian cooking.
• It is used as a herb in Ayurvedic medicine.
• They also contain iron.

They are much valued as an:
– anti-diabetic
– antioxidant
– antimicrobial
– anti-inflammatory
– hepatoprotective
– anti-hypercholesterolemic

Growing conditions for Curry Tree

• Plant the curry leaf tree in full sun to partial shade.
• Curry leaf trees need acidic soil.
• The pH should be from 5.6 to 6.0.
• If the winter temperatures fall below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, then get a container for planting.
• Curry leaf is hard to survive outside.
• The pot can be moved indoors during colder weather.
• Amend the soil and mix to improve fertility and nutrients.
• Mix 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part per-lite or sand.
• The root mass diameter should be taken.
• Dig a hole twice as wide as the diameter of the root mass.
• Place the tree in the hole.
• Fill in around it with the soil mixture prepared as above.
• Press down on the soil mixture gently.
• This is for the removal of air pockets.
• Water the soil and keep it moist.
• Allow the soil to thoroughly dry in between watering.
• Fertilize once a week in the growing season.
• Use a water soluble blend made for tropical trees.

Caring conditions conditions for Curry Tree

• Curry leaf plants prefer full sun to partial shade.
• These plants don’t require much feeding of fertilizer.
• These plants need consistency in watering.
• Avoid water logging.
• Curry leaf plants are reasonably resistant to pests.
• Mealy bugs are sometimes the infestation that affects the tree.
• Use horticultural oils to repel these pests.

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