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Holy basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum

syn Ocimum sanctum, Tulasi, Tulsi

Tulsi, a traditional medicinal herb, with its spicy and refreshing fragrance and tiny flowers make this a useful houseplant too. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Reap the aromatic leaves of your Tulsi plant throughout the growing season as it is needed.

Propagation

Seed
Place seeds on top of soil. Press them for good soil to seed contact and cover with 1cm of compost or soil. Water by misting keeping soil moist until germination in 1-2 weeks time.

Special features

Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors, place in an area with bright light.

Geography

Origin
India
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Culinary
Somewhat stronger than Sweet Basil - use sparingly!
Medicinal
Prevent a headache, sooth an ear infection or reduce blood sugar with basil!

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
Strong

Problems

It is generally pests and diseases free. However, when grown in poor conditions it might be attacked by some common pests like mealy bugs, aphids, spider mites and sometimes whiteflies. For treating pests use organic pesticide or insecticidal soap.
Tobacco whitefly
Tobacco whitefly
Bemisia tabaci

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