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Curry Leaves Plant propagation From Cuttings and Seeds

Curry leaf plant can be grown from seeds, stem cuttings or from suckers around an adult tree. Keep on reading to learn how to propagate curry leaves plant by cuttings and other methods so that you can give your friends a free curry leaf plant.

The plant propagatefd from seeds will be very slow, may be more than a year for the seedling to get established. The curry leaves plant propagated by stem cutting and suckers are relatively quick to grow.


Growing Curry Leaf Plant From Seed

Curry Leaf  Plant Berries Fruits
Curry Leaf Berries

Curry Leaf Plant Grown from seeds
Curry Leaf Plant Grown from seeds

Plant propagation methods
How to care a curry leaf plant
Curry leaves benefits

A new curry leaf plant can be easily grown from its seeds. The seeds germinates at temperature around 21°C (70°F).
  1. Pick berries when they are almost ripe, becoming black in colour.

  2. You can sow the whole ripe berry, but the germination will be slow and the success may be limited.

  3. It is better to squeeze the seed out of the fruit pulp and sow them in seed raising mix.

  4. Placing the seeds in a moist paper towel for a few days before putting them in soil will speed up germination.

  5. Cover the seeds with soil and place in warm place. The seeds will germinate in about 10-15 days. Note that it may take longer to root if the temperature is low.

  6. It is pointed out that fresh seeds will germinate easily in a few days, whereas old seeds or dried seeds may not germinate or take very long time.

Growing Curry Leaf Plant by Cuttings

Curry Leaf Plants Grown from Seeds
Curry Leaf Plant
Grown from Seeds
This is the easiest way to get new curry leaf plant. But the question is how to get a curry leaf cutting to root? The steps for growing curry leaves from cuttings are similar to that for bougainvillea propagation given below:
  1. Fill a small pot with the rooting mix, which is a mixtures of peat or pertile and sand, and water well before planting.
  2. Insert a pencil into the soil of the pot reaching up to 1 inch above the base. Take out the pencil.

  3. Taking Curry Plant Cuttings: Select a branch of the curry leaf tree which is neither flexible or nor stiff, means semi-hard.
    From this branch take a cutting of pencil thickness (about 5 mm diameter) and about 5 inch long with 4-5 leaf sets.
  4. Cut directly above the highest bud and a slant cut just below the lowest bud. Remove the lower set of leaves leaving top 2-3 sets. Cut each of the upper leaves into half or less.
  5. Put the lower part of the curry leaf stem cutting into the rooting hormone powder and shake off the extra powder. Push the cutting into the hole in the pot and firm it. Do not water it again.
  6. Put the pot in a polythene bag or (zip-lock bag) and tie the top end and place it in shade. In about 10 days, you will see your cutting to grow new buds. Keep the pot in shade for a few weeks until you find that the stick has become quite firm in the soil, indicating the root growth.

Video of rooting curry leaf plant from cutting

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Propagation of Curry leaf Plant By Suckers

Remove a sucker with its roots attached from a curry leaf plant from your friend.
Plant this sucker in a pot or ground, water well and care as a new plant.




15 comments

Fiona October 10, 2015 11:56 AM

I want to grow a curry patta leaf plant in a pot. What is the best method to propagate it from a seed or cutting?
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P. Mehta October 10, 2015 4:33 PM

The curry leaf plant can be easily grown from cuttings and seeds. However, the seeds grown curry patta plants take a bit longer.
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Ruhi Maredia May 26, 2016 12:06 PM

that is exactly how i do for most off my plants i replant . works 100% of the time make sure you use organic mirical grow soil.
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Swanthana Rekulapalli June 03, 2016 5:38 AM

my curry leaf plant lost all of its leaves during winter, and they are not regrowing in this spring. Is it a dead plant now? Is there anything I can do to bring back the leaves.
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Rosy K July 22, 2016 12:08 PM

I have tried several times to propagate curry patta with cuttings but they always get moldy and die. What am I doing wrong ?
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P. Mehta July 22, 2016 12:23 PM

Please follow the instructions.
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GB October 21, 2016 1:34 AM

Can you please post pics of the process from cuttings? I would like to propagate them to give to friends. But I would like to see what would be a suitable sized cutting.
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P. Mehta October 21, 2016 7:09 AM

It is very easy to propagate. Cut a thin stem just below a leaf, the size of a pencil and insert in soil or water. It will quickly grow new roots and leaves.
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Lakhvir Kaur June 02, 2017 5:07 AM

Can I propagate curry plant from fresh store-bought curry leaves stems? and if there is any other instructions besides given above that I need to follow. Love your home-made root hormone solution, it is easy. I'm trying my hand with propagating azaleas and rhondondrum .. :)
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P. Mehta June 02, 2017 5:11 AM

You may try, but may not suceed as these cuttings are not fresh.
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Jiyuu August 24, 2017 9:21 PM

I have a small curry plant and I noticed lately that it isn't growing bigger. Do you have any tips on caring for a curry plant? Thanks for sharing =)
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.::arun::. August 31, 2017 1:11 AM

How long to keep the pot with fresh cutting in the poly bag? For 1 week? Then take it out of bag but still keep in shade and start watering? Thanks.
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P. Mehta August 31, 2017 6:07 AM

Keep the curry patta cutting in the pot with damp soil. Ecclose the pot in a poly bag and place it in shade, outdoor or inside, until you see new growth. The curry leaf cutting may take more than 4 weeks to root.
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P. Mehta October 02, 2017 8:35 AM

Arun, I am glad that you succeeded in propagating curry leaf plant by stem cutting.
Dampen the soil and keep the bag for another week. Then open the bag in the morning for a few days; if the new growth is damaged in 1-2 days, then cover the cutting again for a few weeks more. If the new growth is OK, then remove the bag and keep the pot in shade for another week. After that you can transplant the new curry leaf plant. You should not hurry to transplant it, because the plant is now not going to die as it already started to grow. The more you delay to transplant, the more roots will grow.
Please note that it may require 4-10 weeks to successfully grow any new plant from a cutting.
Also as the winter is approaching, you may seed the growth of the plant to stop, and even the new plant may shed the leaves. But don'tythrowaway the palnt, as it will start to regrow when the temperature rises.
Patience is very important. I have rooted cuttings of many plants this way and gifted to my friends.
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P. Mehta October 02, 2017 8:42 AM

Arun, I am glad that you succeeded in propagating curry leaf plant by stem cutting.
Dampen the soil and keep the bag for another week. Then open the bag in the morning for a few days; if the new growth is damaged in 1-2 days, then cover the cutting again for a few weeks more. If the new growth is OK, then remove the bag and keep the pot in shade for another week. After that you can transplant the new curry leaf plant. You should not hurry to transplant it, because the plant is now not going to die as it already started to grow. The more you delay to transplant, the more roots will grow.
Please note that it may require 4-10 weeks to successfully grow any new plant from a cutting.
Also as the winter is approaching, you may see the growth of the plant to stop, and even the new plant may shed the leaves. But don't throw away the palnt, as it will start to regrow when the temperature rises.
Patience is very important. I have rooted cuttings of many plants this way and gifted to my friends.
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