Are you wondering how you can nurture your Holy Basil plant well? You are at the right place. Tulsi is a sacred plant to Hindus. It is believed to be Lord Vishnu’s wife.
Hindus still have many reasons to call this plant holy. We can now find a rationale to why almost all Indian households have this plant. As much as it may seem trouble-free to plant, it is not easy to take care of it.
Some people nickname this plant “the queen of herbs” while others call it “holy” or sacred” Moreover, the scientific name of Tulsi plant is ocimum tenuiflorum.
There are different types of Tulsi plants, but the care remains the same.
In taking care of the Tulsi plant, you will need the following items:
– A watering tool.
– An organic mulch.
– A tarp or a blanket.
– Liquid fertilizer
Below is the ultimate guide on how to take care of Tulsi plant starting from preliminary stages of planting it.
- Choosing a proper location
The Tulsi plant grows well in a warm and sunny area. It is a tropical plant and therefore needs adequate sunlight. Tulsi plant should get four to six hours of sunlight in a day.
- Proliferation and planting
You need to plant seeds outdoors during the early summer or late winter. The temperatures should be around 21 degrees Celsius. If you choose to propagate them at the beginning of spring, you have to sow them in a greenhouse indoors.
When planting, put the seeds on top and cover them with ¼ inch of soil. Use a sprayer to water them and put them where they can get the morning.
Let the soil be moist during the whole period of germination which lasts for 1-2 weeks.
You can plant the seedlings outdoors or on personal containers after they have grown two or three sets of leaves and ensure that you don’t disturb the roots.
Remember that this is a tropical plant and you can plant it in the tropics at any time.
What do you need to grow Tulsi plant?
You need fertile loamy soil with an optimal PH of 6 to 7.5.
You can expose it to full sunshine or partial shade. It needs sunlight for a minimum of 4 hours in a day.
- Watering the Tulsi plant
You can only water the Tulsi plant when it is dry. You don’t have to water it when it is raining. During the winter, don’t water it frequently to avoid diseases like fungus causing them to rot.
- Caring for Tulsi plant
When the Tulsi plant starts forming more than four pairs of leaves, you should pinch the tops. Make sure that you get rid of the flower buds instantaneously as they form.
You should eliminate wilted leaves so that new foliage can grow. If you do this regularly, the plant stays healthy.
- Applying Fertilizer
Fertiliser should be put once after some weeks. You can also replace the top two-inch soil layer with compost after every six months.
Tulsi plant is pruned all through the year to facilitate healthy growth. Don’t remove more than 50% of growth during this process.
- Winter care
During the winter, put the Tulsi plant indoors. You can also place it near a sunny window if you live below USDA zone. You can return this plant outside after winter.
What about pests and diseases?
Tulsi plant is free from pests and diseases. If you grow it in poor surroundings, it might be attacked by pests like aphids, spider mites and whiteflies at times. You can use organic pesticides to treat parasites in this case.
Harvesting Tulsi plant
You can harvest the Tulsi plant by reaping the aromatic leaves. When your plant is 12 inches, use a pair of scissors to cut the whole branch or a large single leaf.
Tulsi leaves fade quickly, so make sure you use the fresh leaves the same day you harvest them.
If you want to use Tulsi leaves in future, you can dry them and store them for future use.
In general, Tulsi plant can be hale and hearty if you take care of it as recommended. You need to scrutinize the weather conditions like indirect sunlight before planting it.