Caring for tropical plant

(Question)

Hi,
I have a tropical plant:I MURRAYA KOENIGII(binomial name) FAMILY: RUTACEAE. i keep it indoors during winter and outdoors during summer. can you please suggest me ,what type of plant food fertilizer do i need to put and how often its a herb plant .

And what type of soil should i use for my herb plant. currently the soil i have planted my herb plants is miracle grow
I would also like to mention that i see food flies in my herb pots as it is indoors during winter. do u want me to change the soil . please advice. Appreciate if u could reply to my email
Thanks

(Answer)

Thank you for your inquiry. What an interesting plant to grow. Murraya koenigii commonly refered to as the curry tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree, which is native to India and Sri Lanka. It has an upright, open growth habit and is grown as an indoor plant in our temperate area. Its leaves, especially fresh ones, dried they lose a lot of their flavour, are used as a spice in South Indian and Asian dishes.

For best results, Murraya koenigii should be grown in full sun and kept at temperatues above 4C (40F).   The plant should be potted in a well-drained potting mix. Regular application of  a 20-20-20 fertilizer at half the recommended dosage once a week during the active growing season will stimulate plant growth.

Murraya koenigii  can experience a resting period during the winter as the days become shorter and temperatures become cooler. As a result, the plant may experience interveinal yellowing and begin to loose some of it’s leaves. During this time  do not keep the plant too wet, especially if the leaves have dropped. Too much water will tend to promote root rot. Let the soil dry out between watering. If the plant loses its leaves and only has a bare stem, cut back on watering.  The leaves will re-grow in the spring.

Fungus gnats are small flies that commonly develop in the growing medium of houseplants. The larvae of fungus gnats feed on algae, fungi and plant roots in the  growing medium. Adults do not bite or feed. Fungus gnats can be controlled by allowing the growing medium to dry out between watering. You may wish to refer to the following websites for additional information:

https://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05584.html

Continue to enjoy this lovely fragrant plant!