Bracingly fresh and beautiful; Tulsi is praised as the wonder herb for its health, beauty and spiritual virtues.
Small shiny leaves and distinct aroma, very few plants can match tulsi in beauty and fragrance. Known as Holy Basil in English and Tulasi in Sanskrit is admired as a sacred herb. Though it is widely used in Italian cuisine, this aromatic green her has much to do with Indian culture. Believed to have magical powers, the herb is widely used in Indian households to drive away negativity and bring positive energy.
Flowers spread fragrance only when they bloom. But every part of the tulsi plant has fragrance, its leaves, stem and roots. Even the soil in which it is planted acquires the scent of the herb. It is easy to grow basil at home. Nothing like clipping fresh basil leaves from the garden and running back to the kitchen to add it in cooking, or, to use it in puja rituals. Growing tulsi at home means it is free from chemicals, fresh and above all; an outcome of your own efforts. Tulsi is a simple herb and a great addition to the kitchen window sill.
GROWING TULSI USING SEEDS
What you need
Spray bottle with water
How it’s done
Fill the pot with high quality soil and water thoroughly. Leave around 2.5 cm space at the top of the pot.
Sow the seeds ¼ inch beneath the soil. Simply sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil, then gently press down into the surface using your fingers.
The seeds will begin to grow in 1 to 2 weeks. Keep the soil moist until the seeds start germinating. Use a spray bottle and mist the surface of the soil.
The plant requires 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. Place the pot near a warm, sunny window. Keeping it near a south facing window would be ideal.
Fertilize the plant once in a month. Use an organic compost to maintain nutrients in the soil. This will help the plant to thrive.
Prune the top of the plant to encourage growth. Once the tulsi plant has 3 set of leaves on a stem, pruning needs to be done by cutting off the top set of leaves. This helps the plant to grow faster and grow fuller branches.
Tulsi plants are frost sensitive, so they must be sheltered at a proper place at night. Ideal temperature should be 50
Once the roots of the plant start growing out of the drainage holes in the pot, it’s time to transplant it to outdoors or to a larger pot.
Taken proper care, tulsi will keep on blooming and liven up any room with its beauty and fragrance.