There's never a wrong time to plant Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil), to honor the sacred herb and experience its wide range of beneficial qualities.
Known as the “Queen of Herbs,” Tulsi has been revered in India for more than 5,000 years. Not only found in temples, you also will find Tulsi cultivated in many Indian homes and gardens. It is said to keep the energy of the house pure, through day and night.
As told by an Organic India farmer in Northern India:
“They say it’s a blessing to have a Tulsi plant…Around here, if a house does not have a Tulsi plant, there is a feeling of emptiness. That is why you will find Tulsi in every home.”
Below you’ll find instructions on how to plant this easy-to-grow adaptogen in your own home. Whether it’s for consumption or pure energy in the home, we know you’ll love it. Careful though—the leaves are delicious, and in the Organic India office, we found it tough to keep the plant blooming because we could not stop chomping!
Typically, the first planting is in April, so spring-forth your green thumb and get to planting this beloved adaptogen in your own home today.
Things You'll Need
- High quality rich potting soil with perlite
- Tulsi seeds
- Pots of your choice
- Watering can or spray bottle
- Plastic wrap
- 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer (known as all-purpose fertilizer)
- Neem (optional)
Fill your favorite pots with a high quality potting soil. Water the soil thoroughly. Sow the seeds ¼-inch deep spaced ½-inch apart. Gently pat down the soil and mist the seeds gently. Place plastic wrap over the pot to keep the soil continuously moist, but not soggy.
Locate Tulsi where it receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. A south-facing window is ideal. Provide shade during the hottest hours of the day. Be sure to keep the soil moist. Tulsi takes about three weeks to sprout.
Once your seedlings sprout, remove the plastic wrap cover. Thin seedlings to about 1 inch apart when they are 1 inch tall. Continue to keep the soil moist. As your seedlings develop three or four sets of leaves, it’s time to transplant them to separate containers. Simply separate each plant into its own container, being mindful of its delicate roots. Once you’ve finished transplanting your seedlings, water each container generously.
Caring for Tulsi
To encourage growth, pinch the tops of the Tulsi plant when they are forming 4 to 6 pairs of leaves. Also remove flower buds when they appear. This will prevent your plant from producing seed and will support lush growth.
Fertilize your Tulsi plant once every other week with a balanced 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer.
Should you find unwelcome visitors have set-up house, thoroughly mist both sides of leaves with neem oil.
To pure energy and good health!