A houseplant that is so much more than a decorative piece for its importance in hinduism and jain scriptures. Almost a divine herb, Tulsi can be seen at many Indian households occupying a place near the entrance greeting everyone with its lush green and peculiar scent. Whether you believe in its divinity or not, it can still bless you with its amazing medicinal properties apart from the bright beautiful foliage. A delight for tea connoisseurs for its unique flavor enhancement. A boon for sore throats and those nasty colds. All the many reasons to bring this little green boon home!
Common name: Tulsi / Holy basil
Scientific name: Ocimum Sanctum
Size: The herb grows at a decent rate. It acquires a height of about 8 inches or more.
Maintenance: An easy to care for plant. Won’t be much of a hassle.
Toxicity: It’s safe to say that tulsi is the opposite of poisonous. Ingesting it can do more good to humans. It poses no threat to pets. However, do not ingest large quantities of this herb.
Daily. Watering regularly is good. If you have second thoughts, check if the top layer of soil feels slightly dry, if yes, water away and try to keep the foliage dry.
Holy basils are fond of natural sunlight. They’re used to receiving direct sunlight and flourish in it. Partial shade also works for them.
Loamy moist soil works best for tulsi. Drainage is important for this plant. Alkaline soil works best. Make sure it is nutrition rich, mulch if necessary.
Slight humidity is great. However it survives well in a good range of humidity.
For the amount of benefits it provides, it's no wonder tulsi demands food. It is a heavy feeder. Liquid fertilizers every one or two weeks is a must. Replenishing the soil with compost every few months is also advised.
Propagating these plants is easy. You can use cutting from a mature plant and plant it in a moist rich fertile soil. Water the cutting regularly and new growth can be seen in 4-6 weeks. Another method is through seed germination. Press the seeds on the surface of a moist soil with a layer of organic compost to provide the essential nutrition. Gently sprinkle water on this soil everyday. It will be better if the seeds get a warm environment. Once they sprout, they can be potted in pots.