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Tulsi, Amrita — Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), potted plant, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and brought in for the winter

(Tea basil from Amritapuri*) Perennial tea basil originally from India.  The plants are grown at our farm here in the USA.  An outstanding cultivar for producing the true tropical-type tulsi tea. Leaves as shown, green with purple highlights, on a densely-leaved bush.  Amrita has a wonderful aroma and tests for the eugenol marker compound and also tests very high for the anxiolytic compound rosmarinic acid. “Amrita” is sanskrit for “immortality” and is sometimes translated as “nectar.”  Thus “nectar of immortality.”  According to ancient folklore, the Tulsi (tulasi) plant is a manifestation of the Divine Mother on Earth, for the benefit of all creation.  Tastes good and provides gentle stimulation to body, mind and spirit. Growing tea basils brings many blessings to the household!  This is the holy basil my wife and I grow for ourselves to make into tea.  We find it very satisfying, with taste and aroma most appealing.   Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.  If you want to be an herbalist and are afraid you might tell somebody to take the wrong thing, then tell them to drink tulsi tea and you will be right every time.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

Potted plant Certified Organically Grown

  • for a discussion of morphological variability of tulsi in India, see the research article by Malay, Pandey, Bhatt, Krishnan and Bisht “Morphological variability in holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) from India, Genet Rsour Crop Evol (2015) 62:1245-1256.  Cluster analysis techniques were applied to identify three main types (green type Rama, Intermediate type (Amrita) and Black type Shyama (Krishna)).  You can find the comparative photos on page 1251)

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    Reeta (verified owner)

    Will there be any Amrita tulsi plants available before next season?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Reeta,
      Yes, please hit waitlist, all the tulsi plants are going to come into stock later on toward spring when they size up for sale.
      Richo

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    Lesley Shore

    I’ve been waiting to be able to buy Amrita Tulsi and just received an email saying they are now available. I’m assuming that if I purchase now, it will be shipped in early spring. I’d prefer to wait to see how the ones I just started from your seeds might do, but I don’t want to miss out on having some Amrita Tulsi plants next year. If you anticipate a limited supply I will buy one (or more) now to make sure I have at least one of your babies for next year’s growing season.So I guess my question is should I wait or buy now? And thank you for not only providing us with seeds, also growing plants for us too. This comment doesn’t just apply to Tulsi, it applies to all the ways you share your expertise with us. Deep gratitude for all you do!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Lesley, Thanks for staying in touch and I really do appreciate your kind words. It is indeed a pleasure to grow plants and see them go to good homes (and plant them around my home, too!) I mainly offer tulsi plants as a service to people who cannot start them from seeds. Since you can start them from seeds, I don’t think you need to reserve one now. If for some reason you need one in season, let us know. We always have extra tulasi.
      Richo

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    Brian Martinez

    Hello, when will these be available again? thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Brian,
      We hope to be able to ship tulsi plants again in September. Please hit “waitlist.”
      Richo

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    • Rebecca

      Wish these were available now bc for us with very short growing seasons, September will be too late.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca, It is our plan to have these again in the spring. For a quick grow, try planting some Temperate Tulsi (Ocimum africanum) seeds. Richo

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    lynnslivingfoods (verified owner)

    Does it need full sun or sun with some shade. Thank you . I live in Louisiana . It’s 76 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. Gets really warm here . Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

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      Maybe some shade is a good idea if things are really that hot. However, these are from South India and once acclimatized, I’ve never seen them suffer from too much sun.

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    • Lynn (verified owner)

      Thank you so much for replying so fast. I have it in pots so I’ll just watch it and see how it does in full sun. I can always move it.

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    • Mary

      Hi, I’m purchasing this Tulsi plant to make tea. I live in NY, so I will have it indoors. Will it survive as an indoor plant??

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      This is a tropical perennial that will grow on an ongoing basis as long as the right conditions are supplied–lots of light, ventilation, minimum temp 55 degrees F, rich soil, adequate water–they grow very well in greenhouses and reasonably well under grow lights and will expire on a coffee table.

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    Martha Reed

    What size are the pots that these come in?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Martha,
      They are in our standard 3-inch pots. Our advice is to pot up to gallons immediately on receipt. This seems to produce the best results–to pot to a larger pot for a couple of weeks before transplanting to garden. I just did this with many of my starts from our nursery and wow, what a good idea! Please hurry if you want one of these, they are running out.
      Richo

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    • rohitupadhyay

      will it be right time for tree to survive in outdoors/patio in San Francisco Bay area ? Or i should wait for some months …

      thanks
      Rohit

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Rohit, It might be better to wait until spring. Sorry to say that because we do have an extraordinary selection of tulsi right now, but they need sun and warmth. r

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    Mia

    Do you need a male and female plant for these to seed? Thanks! 🙂

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      Hi there, no these are self-fertile. r

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    Tulsi analysis results:
    The eugenol content of Tulsi tends to be higher before flowering, and the rosmarinic acid content tends to be higher when the plant is in full flower to seed stage.  The following test was done simultaneously on samples from 5 different cultivars, harvested in the early flowering stage. Both Eugenol (antiseptic) and Rosmarinic acid (anxiolytic) are expressed as dried wt in mg/g.  Here are the results:

    Krishna Tulsi:  4.90 Eugenol, 10.47 Rosmarinic Acid

    Rama Tulsi:  5.60 Eugenol, 5.15 Rosmarinic Acid

    Amrita Tulsi:  0.42 Eugenol, 11.27 Rosmarinic Acid

    VanaTulsi:  8.89 Eugenol, 3.51 Rosmarinic Acid

    Kapoor Tulsi:  0.74 Eugenol, 5.53 Rosmarinic Acid

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    • Mary

      So to use as tea, wait until it flowers ?? This will be my first time using a plant as tea. Is there instructions, or do you sell instructions on how to do this ??

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, pretty much, I wait until the plants are in early flower and then gather the top of the plant together and using scissors or snips “”I cut the top of the plant back and dry that on a screen and rub out the stems and use the leaf fragments for tea, a teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Or, if you wanted to try it before the flowers were showing, you could just go ahead and harvest a bit earlier, it isn’t a real big deal. its the leaves that make the tea, and secondarily, the flower fragments. Further information on this is in my book “Making Plant Medicine.”
      Richo

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