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Curry Bush

R60.00

Also known as immortelle, Italian strawflower or, simply, the curry plant, this herb is striking for its beautiful yellow blooms and curry-scented silver leaves. It is a small shrub that flourishes in dry, rocky ground. Interestingly, it is part of the daisy family.

 

The immortelle essential oil has incredible health properties. It is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and fungicidal. Its astringent properties make it fantastic for beautiful skin as it shrinks pores and tightens the skin. It has pain relieving properties, and is powerful in helping wounds to heal and protecting cells from deteriorating

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Position – Plant your curry bush in full sun, if possible. They can survive in partial shade too, but don’t do well in cold, wet conditions. If you’re planting more than one bush, give each plant about 45 centimetres around it to spread.

 

Size – The curry bush is small. A mature plant grows to a height of 30 to 60 centimetres, with a spread or width of between 45 and 60 centimetres.

 

Soil Type – Unlike most other plants, these herbs prefer poor soil; that is, soil that is not rich in nutrients. They need well-draining ground like loam, sand or chalk. The pH should be neutral to slightly alkaline.

 

Mulch – Wood shavings or gravel work well to keep weeds away from your curry bush. If you live in an area that is susceptible to frost, cover the plant’s base in straw over the cold months to protect it from the cold. Remove this straw as it begins to warm up.

 

Watering – This is a Mediterranean plant and is, as a result, hardy and drought-resistant. So, you may only really need to water them in times of prolonged drought. They do not do well in soil that is kept moist over a long period of time.

 

Fertilising – Because the curry bush actually prefers poor soil, no fertiliser is necessary.

 

Pruning – In the spring, cut your curry bush back to old wood with sharp pruners. This encourages new growth and prevents your plant from becoming straggly. In the latter part of autumn, when the plant goes dormant, you can cut it down completely to within about 7.5 centimetres of its base. Snip the flowers off as and when you need them for gorgeous arrangements in your home. For large flowers, cut all of the buds except one so that the plant can invest all of its resources into that one. Alternatively, leave them as is for a spray of smaller blooms.

 

Flowering They should be planted in the spring and will flower through summer and into the early part of autumn.

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