Tulsi or Basil the holy herbal plant’s Cultivation
Tulsi or Basil, scientifically known as Ocimum Tenuiflorum, is a holy herbal plant
that widely planted in the south Asia. In the Indian subcontinent it is also called as thulasi. Tulsi is called holy plant because it is a Hindu mythological or religious character who has a good tie with the widely worshiped god Vishnu. But my mission is not to highlight the tree as a holy tree of any specific religion. In writing about this plant I want to say it is a holy gift of the God. It is holy because its organic ingredients and natural soothing power.
Description of Tulsi or Basil the holy herbal plant:
English people knew this plant as holy Basil. It comes from the family of Lamiaceae. It is a herbal plant. It usually grows up 30 cm to 70 cm high. It is a tender plant.
Usually, its leaves are green but there are purple colored leaves also available. Its branches and leaves have hairy stems. The leaves of the basil has strong smells. The plant with purple colored leaves are known as Sham or Krisna Tulsi. And the green colored plants are known as Rama Tulsi or Sree tulsi in India. There are many types of Basil in the world. For example Lamon Basil, Purple opal Basil, sweet Basil, Gevenese Basil are the few name of them.
The leaves are in round oval shaped. They are generally 5 cm long and 2 cm
wide. The seeds of this plant are flat. Flowers are in two mixing color white and purple. Seeds of Tulsi produce very precious oil. The seeds have numerous medicinal velue in the realm of alternative medicine.
Tulsi or Basil are grown every where of the world at large. But It is suitable in the warm and sunny weather. Countries like India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and many other countries situated in 10 degree to 35 degree latitude are the home of Tulsi.
You can plant basil inside in your house or out side in your garden. Tulsi does not need over water to grow. A simple moisturized soil that is mixed with compost fertilizer is an ideal place. In order to plant it at indoor a gardener should select a container which has well drainage system. Make a small hole in the lower part of the pot or container so that the water can easily pass.
In case of outside or garden planting, select a sunny land. We also have to aware that the sun should not ray may than 6-7 hours in a day. So it needs not sun ray more than 6 hours in a day. The ph level of the soil should in the range of 5.5-6.5 in the scale.
However, It is wise to select that portion of land where water does not block. Now drag only 1.5 cm deep and a line of 30 cm with your finger in the soil. Pour one to three pinches of seeds in the dragged place. Cover them very gently and keep the soil loose.
After a week the tender head of the Tulsi plant will come out. Now it is our duty to wipe out the weeds. Because weeds always disturb tulsi plants on its normal growth. After 4 weeks the plant will come in the shape of 30 cm.
To have a multiple branched plant we must follow some instructions. First of all we must take care of the plant’s health by watered it regularly. In addition to that a regular pruning helps a plant to spreed many branches. Look at the video of Oscar Carmona one of the gardener of California:
The best time of harvesting Tulsi is after 5 weeks of the plantation. We can use the leaves when we prune the plant. This tree normally does not attacked by pest or insect. No need to use any insecticide for it. We should Collect the fresh leaves before the flowers start blooming.
Basil plant are very easy to cultivate. Very soon it spreads so it is less costly than any other plant of the world. Though it cost low it has many properties. Most of all it is an excellent herb. Its leaves paste and honey is the best curing herbal medicine of asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia. There are many skin care elements too. We will discuss about the uses and benefits of Tulsi which is known as sacred Basil in the next post.
Today my aim is to narrate the detail of the Tulsi or Basil. Besides, Highlighting the holy herbal plant’s cultivation process. I tried my best to overcome my mission. If I failed to inform you beyond your expectation I humbly request you to watch the video to clear the my anticipation to you. This video is from an organic gardener.