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Kapoor Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil - Plant

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Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum sanctum, holy basil, or tulasi is an aromatic perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian subcontinent.
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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.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
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.

Harvesting

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 body’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

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-137105
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Tulsi.html
  • http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-holy-basil-41969.html

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What garden lovers say ... ?

5 / 5 Gaurav Narwania 31 August 2017
Absolutely no complaints! Beautiful plant, great packaging, prompt delivery.
5 / 5 Anushka Rane Rele 30 August 2017
Its been a month I bought this plant. It came with very few broken leaves but its growing fast now. Very happy with this one.
5 / 5 Umesh Dada 28 August 2017
Suddenly all my house plants have started blooming and have lush foliage :)
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