Kapoor Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil - Plant
Description for Kapoor Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil
Ocimum tenuiflorum (synonym- Ocimum sanctum) is the scientific name of the Kapoor tulsi. Tulsi is a perennial, branched, fragrant, and erect herb having hair all over. Its leaves are nearly round and up to 5 cm long with the margin being entire or toothed. Flowers are rarerly longer than 5 mm, calyx tube bearded outside near base. Flower tube is hairy. The fruits are small and the seeds yellow to reddish in color.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Holy basil, Kapoor tulsi||Purple||September to March||Up to 3 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
It is found growing naturally in moist soil nearly all over the globe. Kapoor is the best Holy Basil for temperate gardens. Acts like an annual, and is even known to self-seed in a temperate climate, which is quite unusual for basil.
|Full sun, it can tolerate partial shade (At least 4 hours of sunlight per day)||Loamy and fertile soil with good drainage soil||Medium||18 to 30 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer. Apply balanced liquid fertilizer once in every couple of weeks.|
Caring for Kapoor Tulsi
- Do not water regularly during rain.
- Reduce watering in the winter to prevent diseases.
- 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.
Harvest some holy basil leaves when the leaves become plentiful.
Typical uses of Kapoor Tulsi
Special features: Tulsi has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, immune-stimulating and adaptogenic (stress removal) properties. It supports bodyâ€™s natural defenses against germs, stress and disorders of various kinds.
Culinary use: Leaf
Ornamental use: Few gardeners prefer medicinal plants for fence. Holy basil also grows well in containers on a patio or in pots in a sunny window.
Medicinal use: Yes
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