Introducing Mama Matriarch Murraya Koenigii ~ grown from a seed kindly given to me by a Seed Exchange club member.
She is 4 years old and was almost wiped out when I, a gardening newbie, planted her into the ground in early Fall when she was 8 months old. Then came 1 of Florida’s frostiest winters and I had to frantically dig her out, pot her and her bring into my living room. She did get frost burned, lost 90% of her leaves and almost died!
Yeah, we gardeners learn through experience. I now try to go propagate as many as I can & donate them to the Humane Society Thrift Store ~ they sell fast. 🙂
This 2ft tall “baby” which grew from the root of a matured plant was cut off from lanky mama, dug up and potted late Sept’14. Rooting hormone was still used around its formed roots, compost & peat mix is its growing medium and bone-meal was sprinkled on soil top. It survived 1 month without human care & has grown about 3 inches.
Cuttings – I read so much debate in gardening forums whether this plant can/cannot be propagated from cuttings that I decided to try it myself.
My conclusion is: Yes, it can be done.
But it has to be done when conditions are right if you do not live in the Tropics… not too much direct Summer sun and not too much cold Winter breeze (& definitely no frost or snow!)
On the left is a 6-month old cutting, 11″ tall, that has taken root, growing strong and ready for adoption. I am going to put a sticker “Harvest only 10% of lower leaves until plant is 2ft tall”. 🙂
Here is a much younger cutting which has lost it leaves from “shock”. It did receive the usual dose of rooting hormone & bonemeal but has not grown taller at all. It is now 2 months old, still 6″ tall and 90% balder than when 1st cut off.
Usually only 3 out of 10 of my cuttings survive but I’m happy that at least some do. I give them a pinch of dried coffee grounds every week for extra nitrogen to help with leaf growth.
There is tell-tale indication that I carefully watch for, literally almost every day. Look at the photo of the scrawny stick below. Note that little (very, very, little) curve at the top of the plant. (You may have to turn & look at different angles to see its curvature). This tells you “It’s Alive!” so pamper it but do not over water as that will cause root-rot.
I will probably bring them into the garage should there be frosty nights forecasted in the coming winter weeks.
While working on my precious curry leaf plants I’ve had to prune some branches to keep them shrubby and have ended up with lots of precious leaves cut off. I’ve dried some but I’ve also concocted a snack that is simply so aromatic and goes very well with cold beer during “Happy Hour”. Post on Snack will be up soon.
Note: I wish to emphasize again that the Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) is different from the Curry Plant (Helichrysum Italicum)