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:
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:
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:
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
Sow this plant it’s easy but it’s more recommend to use in vegetative reproduction
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry area
1-3 cm, 0.5-1.2 inch, sowing direct 0.5-1 m,
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist the soil
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
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
How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Holy basil?
The best time for vegetative reproduction in Holy basil:
Spring / Summer
How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Holy basil?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water
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