Growing Curry Leaves or Kadi Patta in Mumbai

“Hard to hate, I propagate

This tree, to be my life-long mate”

Related Topics: How to Grow, Growing OrganicallyThe Art of Propagation!

This unique and quintessentially Indian herb is an investment for any urban farmer. Grow your own leafing herb kadi patta tree and it will be with you for life!

SEASONS: Kadi Patta is a perennial plant and well-suited to Mumbai’s tropical climate. It can be planted and will grow in any of our seasons.

PROPAGATING: This plant is easily propagated from seed as well as from young ones, or “pups”, grown from the mother plant.

GERMINATING:  Sow kadi patta seeds at any time of year, but preferably when humidity levels are higher, during the monsoons. Since the seeds are hard-shelled, scarify them and sow in 1/2 inch holes in soft, well-composted soil. Place in semi-shade and water daily. Shoots will emerge in 7-15 days.

PLANTING OUT: Transplant kadi-patta seedlings or re-plant young kadi-patta pups when they are sturdier in stem after about 2 weeks of growth, or when its first true leaves emerge. Choose slightly acidic to neutral, well-drained and composted soil in direct and strong sunlight. If using containers then opt for a medium to large size container to allow room for growth. Kadi patta will grow well indoors or outdoors, in containers or on open plots.

NURTURING: This is an  easy, non-fussy plant to grow and requires little nurturing besides regular watering and access to strong sunlight. Do not over-water this plant and when you do water, ensure that the soil has fully dried out before adding more. Pinch off top leaves at early growth to encourage lateral stems and bush formation. Thereafter keep pruning to help your plant grow as wide as it is tall. This is a hardy plant and does not get preyed on by insects or other pests.

HARVESTING: Harvest leaves as the plant grows. Kadi Patta is a long-lasting plant and you will not need to uproot it annually – just keep growing it!

Kadi PattaA gracefully unfolding kadi patta bush!

© Mumbai Farmer 2014. Do not copy in part or whole without prior written permission from the author. Infringement of copyright will render you liable for legal action.

5 thoughts on “Growing Curry Leaves or Kadi Patta in Mumbai

    1. Mandy Post author

      You will find all the details on urban farming for Mumbai’s climate, on this website itself. Please browse through the page headers – How to Grow, Growing Organically, Plantopedia etc…


  1. Sugarella1

    Hi lovely article, thanks for the valuable information. Could u please tell me a little more about the pups repotting. After i repot it do i keep it in the shade outside or in the sun, how often should i water it. I hv a pup, and hv repotted in potting mix with a little of acid compost and cacti mix, i hv given it some organic fertilizer n watered it, but the leaves of the pups are looking rather droopy.. So what can I do do help it flourish n thrive once agin n get settled. Thanks


    1. Mandy Post author

      Hi there! To answer your question: I would not worry too much about shading it. On the contrary, give it full sun so it can pick up quickly. An acidic soil base will do. Water daily. Give it some time and these conditions, it should pick up and do well.


      1. Sugarella1

        Thanks ill keep u posted. Im trying few different methods, ive put cuttings also to see of it would root and grow. Ive watered it once only since potting in a germinating compost mix. Ive covered it with a plastic n made a few holes. Waiting to see wat works and wat does not.. If u hv any other tips plz advise, greatly appreciated. Many thanks 0


Tell me what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s