Common names: Curry Leaves, Karivepalla, Kadipatta, Sweet Neem
Botanical Name: Bergera Koenigii
Curry leaves are aromatic. The plant produces white fragrant flowers during winter season. Its ripe seeds can be used for propagation. This plant is drought resistant in nature and it does not fade even in high temperature. The plant can be grown in shady sunlight also. But for better growth, it is advised to grow outdoor. It can attain maximum height upto 7 Metres.
Watering & Sunlight: We should water, only when the soil becomes dry. Proper drainage by making sufficient holes in bottom of pot is must. This plant prefers direct sunlight, but can survive in diffused sunlight also.
Soil: Its potting mix must be aerated well by use of drainage media upto 20 % (river sand, Leca, Pumice/Perlite or rice husk- Use any one of them). All these items help in aeration of roots also. We can mix upto 30% cocopeat, 20 % vermi compost, 20 % sterilised garden soil + 10% Neem Cake) in its potting mix. We may add liquid fertlizers every month.
Culinary use: Used in cooking vegetables, especially in south Indian dishes.
Medicinal use: The plant is medicinally useful in various ailments.