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Sep 22, 2016 2:23 AM CST
Hi all, I live in london and we are heading to autumn/ winter. I have successfully managed to grow the curry leaf plant from seed and i was horrified to see that my curry leaf is dying already when it was just started to grow? the new leaves are turning black and the on the 2nd plant i see white patches but unable to figure out what is going wrong.
I also saw a small greenfly sitting between 2 stem joint dont know if this has infected them. Sad :-(
I have sprayed it with Bayer ultimate bug killer.. have i done the right thing? these plants were in my green house up till now but since they have got infected i have moved them into my conservatory it that okay or should i get them in the house? Can i keep them covered with a plastic bag with hole for them to prevent from being attacked?? Please help me with the right pest control... i have lost 3 of these last year and same thing is happening again this year...

please help me save them.
please advise.
Thank you

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Name: Tara
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Sep 22, 2016 9:36 AM CST
Welcome! gardenlover12!

I personally have no experience growing this plant...But I know someone that does...I'll tag her... @Ursula

Can you help here?
Name: Ursula
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Sep 22, 2016 10:08 AM CST
Yes, I grow this plant for quite a few years now. But, since I like to use the leaves in cooking, I have never used any pesticide on it. I grow my plant in Summer outside, where I never let it dry out and it is certainly well ventilated.
Now having said that, I take my plant inside in the Fall and at this point it is really clean and seemingly bug free. I use the leaves fresh about until the end of the year. I have never done it, but it is probably a good idea to harvest some leaves in the Fall and freeze them as my plant is very susceptible to small brown scale invasions. At this point I simply cut all leaves off and throw them out. By early Spring the plant shows new growth.
I would think good ventilation is very important and good light. Even when the plant is almost dormant for me here in NJ, I still water a bit, but I increase watering when I see new growth.
I wonder if your plant was perhaps not well ventilated/kept too shady?

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