soil for herb plant

(Question)

Hi,
I have a curry leaf plant which is roughly 4 feet, i have planted it in miracle grow soil, i saw lot of food flies in the soil ,i am thinking of planting it in schultz potting soil, what do you advice, is it a good soil for growing my herb plant, as i have kept it indoors as it is winter now i keep it outdoors during summer. can you please suggest brand soil for my plant. as i am new to gardening, i would really appreciate if can reply to my email.
Thanks

(Answer)

Isn’t it lovely to have fresh herbs overwintering in the house, especially during this long, hard winter. The curry leaf plant that you are referring to has the botanical name Murraya koenigii and is a tropical to sub-tropical tree, which is native to India and Sri Lanka. The leaves of this herb are used as a spice to flavour South Indian and Asian dishes. The Toronto Master Gardeners have posted an answer to a similar question about best growing practices for this interesting plant, which contains all of the information that you will need to successfully grow the plant. To give you a quick overview:

“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.”

You will also find helpful information about pests and other worthwhile links in the answer: Caring for tropical plant on this website:

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/askagardener/caring-for-tropical-plant/

Armed with this information, I hope that your curry plant will provide you with a bountiful harvest for years to come.