Starting Curry Trees from seeds

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Starting Curry Trees from seeds

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Post: # 38141Unread post pepperhead212
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:29 pm

Back in September, a few seeds finally started ripening on my curry tree - seeds that showed up on the plant way back in June! They stayed green all summer, and I finally got them totally ripening at the end of September.
ImageSeeds of the curry tree, from the spring, just now starting to ripen. 9-15 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The seeds are actually the fruits of the plant, with a single seed inside, starting to root, by the time they get dark, and soft:
ImageSeed, squeezed out of a curry tree fruit, showing the root already started! 9-29 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

This one is eventually the largest of the 5 seedlings:
ImageCurry tree seedling, growing from a seed. 10-15 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Here are those curry tree seedlings more than 3 months after planting! I had a couple more than the original 3 germinate, and two of these were actually came up late, in the pots with 2 of the others, and I left them, since they were an inch or so apart. I had them under a blue LED light, and they seemed to grow well, though slowly (probably the norm), not getting leggy. I re-potted them today, wetting the mix with some dilute hydroponics nutrients, also adding a few drops of Bt israelensis, for the fungus gnats. I transferred them to sit under a stronger LED 5,000k bulb - I'll see if they grow faster.
ImageAll 5 of the curry tree plants, started from seed, re-potted 1-11-21 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageLargest of 5 curry tree plants, started from seed. 1-11-21 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Post: # 38164Unread post MissS
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:53 am

That is so cool. I love a good curry and wish that I could grow curry trees here. I haven't enough light in the house and my climate just is not contusive to this so I am stuck going to the Indian store to get fresh curry. Gosh I do wish that the grocery stores would start to carry fresh curry leaves. It would make things so much easier. I am on restricted shopping since COVID began which means that I have not had a good curry in the past year. Sigh...
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Post: # 38175Unread post habitat-gardener
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:01 pm

Wow! A neighbor at a community garden in the SF Bay Area was growing one in her plot. She covered it every winter.

In NJ, do you grow it as a houseplant or in a greenhouse?
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Post: # 38210Unread post pepperhead212
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:14 pm

Here I have to bring it inside - curry trees don't like it much below 50°, and it is the first one in come fall, and the last one out in spring. I grow it on a deck, in the warm season, and in a south facing window in the off-season.
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Post: # 38226Unread post worth1
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:01 am

Supposedly they grow wild here.
Seen what I think is them but not for sure.
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