- Pack Size: 6x6 inch
- Pack Type: Carton box
Propagation and Planting
Sow seeds outdoors in late spring or early summer, when the temperature range around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). For an earlier start in spring, sow the seeds indoors in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill.
Place the tulsi seeds on top of the soil and tamp them for good soil to seed contact, cover the seeds with 1/4 inch layer of compost or soil. Water the seeds with sprayer and place them where they receive part morning sun. Keep the soil constantly moist until the germination, which will take around 1-2 weeks.
When the seedlings have grown two or three sets of true leaves carefully transplant them in individual containers or outdoors, taking care not to disturb the roots.
*As tulsi is a tropical plant you can grow it anytime in tropics.
Requirements for Growing Tulsi
Requirements of growing tulsi is similar to common basil
Tulsi grows well in loamy and fertile soil with good drainage, pH level around 6 to 7.5 is optimal.
Holy basil thrives in full sun but grows in partial shade too, at least four hours of sunlight a day is required.
Water the plant when top one inch of soil is dry. Do not water during rain. Reduce watering by the winter to prevent diseases.
Tulsi Plant Care
It is important to pinch tops of Tulasi plant when they are forming four or six pairs of leaves, this will make the plant grow bushier. Even the flower buds need to be removed when they appear. It grows more lush and full when seed production is prevented.
It is also important to remove the faded, wilted or discolored leaves to encourage the growth of new foliage. Regular removal of old leaves and flower buds keep the plant healthy.
Apply balanced liquid fertilizer once in every couple of weeks. Replacing top two inch layer of soil with compost every year or in six months is also beneficial.
Prune Tulsi as needed throughout the year to control its size and promote bushier and more compact growth. Remove no more than half of the growth of stem while pruning.
Move Tulsi plant indoors in the winter if you live below USDA zone 10, place the plant near a bright sunny window, where the temperature is kept above 50 F (10 C). Move the plant again outside after all the dangers of frost are passed.
Pests and Diseases
It is generally pests and diseases free. However, when grown in poor conditions it might be attacked by some common pests like mealy bugs, aphids, spider mites and sometimes whiteflies.
How to Harvest Tulsi
Reap the aromatic leaves of your Tulsi plant throughout the growing season. Once your plant reaches 12 inches in height, take a pair of scissors and depending on your needs, cut large single leaf or cut whole branch. Use fresh leaves on the same day you harvest because they fade quickly. Store your Tulsi harvest for future use by drying out the leaves. Collect branches in a basket and place them on a dry place away from sunlight and toss the stem 2-3 times every day until leaves becomes crispy and collapses when you crush.
Tulasi, Thulasi, Vishnu, Pan Sein, noon, Shyama, Vaishnavi, Vallabha, Haripriya, Vishnu Tulsi Terms and conditions: I guarantee that the seeds I sell are fresh and from the latest available harvest. Notwithstanding, the cultivation of seeds and plants is subject to many factors including, but not limited to: time of year, light, warmth, water, soil, feeding, hygiene, proper observation of routines given for the cultivation or the breaking of dormancy and the skill of the individual grower. I am not responsible for buyer germination success. Seed count is approximate and packaged by weight. Seeds vary in size and quantity is estimated. Liability of seller is limited to the cost of the item(s).