Commonly known as Holy Basil or Basil around the globe. Tulsi is easy to grow at home and possesses magnificent medicinal properties.
You can grow a Tulsi-Basil plant from a seed or purchase a healthy plant from the nursery. Its seeds and saplings are widely available. If not in your local plant nursery, you can find them from an online store.
Grow Holy Basil (Tulsi) Plant at Home
To grow Holy Basil at home from seeds, fill half the planter with a mix of black soil premixed with little organic fertilizer and keep the seeds on top of the soil in the growing pot and cover it with a thin film of soil and fertilizer mix. Keep the potted container moist till Tulsi seed sprout. The plant will germinate approximately in 2 weeks time.
Buying a Tulsi plant directly from the nursery can save you a lot of time plus you can choose from a variety of Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant and choose a healthy plant that can thrive the initial shift is a bit sturdy. There are more than 100 different varieties, but the most known and used are three Rama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi and Vana Tulsi.
Caring Tips For Holy Basil (Tulsi) Plant
Once you have purchased the plant, transplant it to a larger pot (minimum 10 inches and preferably 14 inches) and make sure to add the soil and manure mix accordingly.
The ideal pH level of the soil should be between 6.5 to 7.5 pH.
A Holy Basil plant requires a little care in the initial days till it adjusts with the new soil and environment. Pruning or pinching off leaves is not adviced while the plant is settling down but later cutting off dried flower buds and dried leaves can help the plant to flourish.
Tulsi-Basil plant requires an abundant amount of sunlight to grow well; at least 4-6 hours and can handle direct sunlight well. In winter months when a drastic fall in temperature arises, it is safe to shift the plant indoor to shield them from the cold.
Use it fresh leaves to garnish salads, chew it 4-5 early in the morning empty stomach or prepare herbal Tulsi Tea to reap immense health benefits of this medicinal plant due to its strong antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
For best care, water Holy Bail or Tulsi plant thoroughly until water seeps through to the bottom. In winters reduce watering. Say twice or thrice a weak or till the soils become semi-dry.
While planting Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant at home assure it gets proper sunlight and do not water it regularly in winter months as Symptoms of overwatering can result in browning of leaves and root-rot that can further kill the plant.