How to grow Holy basil

Holy basil growing shrub‎ type of basil of genus Ocimum also known as Tulsi or Tulasi, Holy basil perennial evergreen or cold annual plant also used as ornamental fragrant plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate, in temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual)..

Holy basil leaves

Leaves ovate with serrate edge, the color of the leaves green but sometime the leaves become purple, Holy basil aromatic and with strong taste.

Flower color purple, small flowers grow on inflorescence attract pollinators.

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Requirements for Holy basil growing and care:

Warm weather, prune

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction (stems)

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in Holy basil?
Not necessary but possible vegetative reproduction, unless you want specific subspecies

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, in full sun there is too much flower what that make trim the leave a lot of work

Recommended planting season?
Spring as annual, spring, summer, autumn as perennial

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / beginning of the winter

How to prune:
recommend to thinning the inner branches

What is the size of a Holy basil?
0.3-2m. 1-6.5 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun it’s optimal for the plants and also to attract pollinator / Half Shade and Almost Full Shade recommend for bigger leaves and more leaves than flowers

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
All year depend on the climate

General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
For use the leaves should thinning the blossom but for pollinators it’s not recommend

Pollination is done by:
Bees and much more pollinators

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Sow this plant it’s easy but it’s more recommend to use in vegetative reproduction

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry area

Sowing season:

Planting spacing:
1-3 cm, 0.5-1.2 inch, sowing direct 0.5-1 m,

Depth of Sowing:
0.2-0.5  cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist the soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
2-3 weeks, in Krishna tulasi 1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil


Holy basil Krishna tulsi (tulasi) – Purple leaves

Holy basil Rama tulsi (tulasi) – Green leaves, purple stems

Holy basil Kapoor tulsi (tulasi) – Green leaves with purple edge

Holy basil Lakshmi tulasi (tulasi) – Green leaves

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Holy basil?
Stems, Cutting

The best time for vegetative reproduction in Holy basil:
Spring / Summer

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
1-3 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Holy basil?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
All year long, in the winter sometime the plant is week, depend in how much it’s cold

How to harvest the leaves?
It’s doesn’t matter

Information about leaves:
plant. The leaves ovate with serrate edge, the color of the leaves green but sometime the leaves become purple

Uses of Holy basil leaves:
Pesto (will be a strong), Beverage, Religious

Scientific name:

Ocimum tenuiflorum

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone