Gardening in San Jose, California -- USDA Zone 9, Sunset Zone 16.
Sieven months ago my wife bought a curry tree (Murraya koenigii) by
mail order from a nursery in Southern California, along with two other
plants. They were all shipped in 3" pots. I haven't had any luck
getting any of these plants to grow, but the curry tree is the most
important one for me to try to save.
We bought the tree because my wife is from Southeast Asia, and the
leaves from this plant are used in cooking. Our cat immediately
discovered that it was edible as well -- she nibbled off half the
leaves just a few days after we got it! I moved it out of the cat's
reach, and it recovered reasonably well.
The nursery's directions said to wait at least two weeks before
transplanting to a larger pot. I gave it four weeks, then I moved it
outdoors. And, basically, it hasn't grown since. I had it in full
sun for a few weeks, and it suffered from leaf burn, so I moved it to
partial shade. It put out a few new leaves, then it stopped. All the
leaves have looked droopy for several weeks now, though they have
stayed green. I water well, but drainage is also very good. I should
not be drowning the plant.
Recently I noticed something that has spelled doom for me with other
plants -- a ring of whitish fungus or mold girdling the base of the
trunk. So, is there any way I can kill the infestation?
Thanks for your advice...
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