In this article, I am going to show you how you can grow Tulsi plant at your home easily. Tulsi is also known as holy basil and is used in Ayurveda, as a medicinal herb. As per Hindu belief, it is considered a sacred plant and the manifestation of goddess Lakshmi. Tulsi plant or Holy basil can be found in almost every Hindu home.
From Griha Pravesh Puja(House entrance worship) to any other worship in the house, keeping Tulsi or basil plant has its religious significance and is considered auspicious in every Indian household. People avoid keeping brooms, dustbins and other such waste materials in its close vicinity. They worship it every day after taking a bath.
Steps To Grow Tulsi or Basil From Seeds At Home
You can easily grow Tulsi or Basil plant at your home using its Manjari(flowers).
We harvested two Tulsi or Basil plant from the Manjaris(seed or flower) of the Tulsi, we had purchased in 2018 from a nearby nursery. Presently, we have 3 Tulsi plants.
You just need to pluck the Manjaris with clean hands, then crush them and sprinkle on the soil. Cover it with a thin layer of the same soil. Gently press the soil down into the surface using your fingers. Water it carefully, so you do not disrupt the seeds. Keep the pot in bright and indirect sunlight. Make sure the soil is moist until the seeds get germinated. Gently sprinkle the water when you find it dry.
Type Of Soil To Be Used
You can use a mixture of garden soil, compost and sand. Tulsi or basil will grow fast in such kind of soils.
Type Of Pot To Be Used
You can plant or grow Tulsi in clay pot which is good for its growth or you can use plastic pot as well. Just make sure that there should be holes at the bottom. It allows water in the soil to drain freely so adequate air is available for the roots. Keep the stone or pebbles on the holes so the soil remains at its place and it does not spill with water.
When Will It Germinate
Tulsi or Basil plant will take up to 10-15 days to germinate from seeds. Now you can keep the pot in sunlight.
Repotting of the Tulsi or Basil plant
When the Tulsi or Basil plant grows up to 8-10 inch, you can transfer it to a bigger pot for better and full growth. The type of the soil should be the same, as you have used earlier. The pot type should also be the same, means it should have holes at the bottom. Water the plant carefully. Now it does not require water for 4-5 days. When the soil gets dry up to 1 or 1 and a half inch, then you should water it.
Care and Maintenance of Tulsi or Basil plant
Fertilizer for Tulsi or Holy Basil
Use about 2 teaspoon of Vermicompost or cowdung compost once in a month. You may also use banana peel fertilizer, so the plant gets all the sufficient nutrients. Avoid over use of fertilizer.
In summers, Tulsi or Basil plant can be watered twice a day. Spray water on the plant and its leaves daily, in early morning, so they remain fresh and moist all day long. We have not used any pesticides for our Tulsi plant till date, but still we never faced any issues. Avoid overwatering the plant to protect it from getting destroyed or malnourished.
Tulsi plant care in winter season is the most important because most of the tulsi plants die off in this season. Our two Tulsi plants could not survive during this season. In winters, Tulsi or Basil plant do not need much water. You may water it after 4-5 days or when the soil gets dry. In the morning, it should be kept in direct sunlight for four to six hours, which is very essential for their growth. During evenings, keep it inside the house or cover it with cotton cloth to protect it from fog or dew drops.
When the manjari gets dry, Pluck it with clean hands, as it restricts the growth of the Tusli or basil and stops it from being bushy. Do not use scissors or knife. You can reuse the dried seeds to regrow another Tulsi plant from it. Pluck the dried up flowers, manjaris and yellow leaves from time to time.
Change the Soil
After one year, you can remove half of the soil from the edges, leaving 3-4 inches from the roots, so the main root does not get damaged. Fill the empty space with vermicompost and fresh soil and press it gently with your fingers. Give it sufficient water. Keep it in sunlight. It will take 4-5 days to revive, so do not get disheartened. We followed the same process with our Tulsi plant, After one year, for bushy and abundant plant.
I am sure you will like this article about How To Grow Tulsi or Basil From Seeds At Home and can easily harvest Tulsi at your home too.
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