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Krishna Tulsi Plant, Holy Basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum

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Description

krishna tulsi is part of routine worship and has a scientific background as the plants possess antimicrobial and antiviral properties and purify the air.

  • What makes it special: Have a traditional value.
  • Krishna tulsi has medicinal property.
  • Attractive purple color flowers.
  • krushna tulsi purifies the air.

Krishna tulsi belongs to the Lamiaceae family. Krishna Tulsi has traditional as well as medicinal importance. Krishna tulsi tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to the body, mind, and spirit. Krishna tulsi is Purple leaf tulsi and is famous for its peppery, sharp, crisp taste.

Its leaves and dark stems are dark in purple color. Tulsi flowers are small having purple to reddish color, present in small compact clusters on cylindrical spikes.

Description

Common Name Krishna, Shyama Tulsi
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 60 centimeters.
Flower Colour Purple.
Bloom Time year-round.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Planting and care

 

Refer our Beginners garden guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

 

Sunlight

Keep the plant outdoor in natural bright light.

Protect the plant from direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage.

SoilThe soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in oragnic content.

WateringPoke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.

Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy seasons.

Application of FertilizerDuring the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month.

Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

Re-pottingWhen a plant outgrows in the current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.

Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in a shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable climatic condition.

For the re-potting procedure click here

 

Plant ProtectionRemove dead, infected, or damaged plant parts and dispose of them away from the planting area.

Spray Neem, Eucalyptus, or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

 

DontsEasily grows in AC rooms but away from AC vents.

Do not over-water the plant especially when the pot does not have drainage holes.

Krishna Tulsi Plant care

Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

Keep the plant in natural indirect bright Light.

Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.

Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

 

Key requirements to keep the plant healthy:

Sunlight Natural bright light.
Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy seasons.
Soil Soil should be a well drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
Temperature Up to 35-degree Celcius.
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.
Harvest Season The first harvest is done after 90 days of planting and subsequently, it may be harvested every 75 days interval.

Krishna Tulsi Plant uses

Medicinal Use:

  • Krishna Tulsi is used in treating low energy, ulcers, vomiting, and diarrhea or as an overall tonic
  • The powder of the dried Krishna Tulsi root, taken in milk, ghee, or as a decoction, is recommended to treat malarial fever as an analgesic application to the bites and string of insects
  • The herb improves resistance to stress and has a normalizing influence on blood pressure and blood sugar imbalances
  • Tulsi is likely to prove prophylactic against the negative effects of environmental toxins, including cancer
  • The plant is also richly endowed with bioavailable antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and calcium
  • It has marked insecticidal activity against mosquitoes
  • Tulsi leaves contain a bright yellow volatile oil which is useful against insects and bacterial
  • The principal constituents of this oil are eugenol, eugenol methyl ether, and carvacrol
  • The oil is reported to possess antibacterial properties and acts as an insecticide
  • Note: The following information is general guidelines, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

Culinary Use:

  • Krishna tulsi fresh leaves Add to salads, fruit dishes, jellies, preserves, and sweetbreads
  • Krishna tulsi uses in Thai cooking in stir-fries with hot peppers, chicken, pork, and beef
  • The dried leaves are an ingredient of Ethiopian spice mixtures

 

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