How to Grow a Tulsi Plant


The species of basil known as tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), which is commonly referred to as holy basil, is employed in religious rites that are practised in Hinduism. The plants may reach heights of up to three feet, with fuzzy leaves that have a furry gray-green colour, and blossom in the summer with spikes of little pink flowers. Plants of the Tulsi species are very vulnerable to frost damage.

According to the North Carolina State Extension, even though they are perennials in USDA zones 10 through 12, they are commonly cultivated as annuals in hotter areas, much like other forms of basil, because of the shorter growing season. Growing tulsi plants from seed may also be done successfully inside with the assistance of a grow light.

  1. 1. Plant Seeds in Containers

    Put the potting mix in a seed flat or another container with a shallow depth. To hydrate the potting mix, room-temperature water should be poured over it before use. Plant the seeds of tulsi about a quarter of an inch deep. Cover the container with a plastic bag or set it inside a big plastic bag, then close the bag. Alternatively, you may use both methods.

  2. 2. Maintain Light, Moisture and Temperature

    Place the container in an area that receives bright but indirect light and has a daytime temperature of 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a nighttime temperature that is 5 to 10 degrees colder. Every few days, you should check the moisture level of the potting mix and mist it with water at room temperature if it seems to be drying out. Always make sure there is moisture present in order to provide the best circumstances for seed germination.

  3. 3. Separate Seedlings in Individual Containers

    After the seedlings have developed two or three sets of genuine leaves, it is time to transplant them into their own individual tiny pots. Maintain an equal moisture level in the soil without allowing it to get muddy.

  4. 4. Grow Light for Tulsi Plant

    Allow the plants to experience short bursts of direct sunshine in the morning. Gradually increase the amount of time spent in direct sunshine over the course of eight weeks. After eight weeks, transfer them to a location in front of a window that faces west or south. If you do not have access to a window facing south or west, you may cultivate a tulsi plant by installing a grow lamp that has four fluorescent bulbs rated at 40 watts each and positioning them 6 to 12 inches above the seedlings. The light should be left on for 12 hours each day.

  5. 5. Water and Fertilize the Plant

    When the tulsi plants reach the point when they begin to overrun the smaller pots, move them into containers that are 6 inches deep and have holes in the bottom. Plants for a Future recommends that you give them some water when the surface of the potting soil starts to get little dry. After the water has passed through the tulsi plants, the catch saucer that was placed below them should be emptied. Do not allow the containers to get submerged in the water. They should be given a liquid plant fertiliser with a 5-10-5 ratio once every four to six weeks at a dilution rate that is half of what the manufacturer recommends.

  6. 6. Move Containers Outdoors

    When you want to stimulate bushier growth, pinch off the very ends of the branches once or twice every month. During the warm summer months, transfer the tulsi plants outside. Place them in a spot that gets direct sunshine in the morning and evening, but has shade during the middle of the day and is sheltered from the afternoon breeze. In the autumn, bring them back inside and place them in front of a sunny window or under grow lights.

    Things You Will Need

    • Peat-based potting mix

    • Seed flat or shallow container with drain holes

    • Plastic cover or large plastic bag

    • Spray bottle

    • Small containers with drain holes

    • Grow light

    • 6-inch deep containers with drain holes

    • 5-10-5 liquid fertilizer