Question Tulsi cultivation info needed

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  1. shaktimankapala

    shaktimankapala New Member

    I am interested in growing ocimum bacilicum for oil tell me how much kgs can be grown per acres of land, and also wanted to know that what mimimum price (per kg) i will get.

    One more more thing i wanted to know that whether the price /kg is for directly harvested plant or after some sorts of processing has been done with it and if so tell me in detail.

    Sorry for more questions at a time but iam very much interested in growing it. so one more question that i wanted to grow it in my village located in gaya district of bihar so what is the time period required by ocimum bacilicum from seeding to harvesting and what kind of compost is required and from where i will get the seeds and contact potential buyers.

    what precaution will i have to take. Whether it can be grown by spreading and mixing cow dung appropriately in the field or some special compost is used for growing organic tulsi or simply fertilizers.

    Help me..
    Looking forward for your response.
  2. dhanamvmg

    dhanamvmg Support Team Staff Member

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  3. marpffc9

    marpffc9 Member

    I am ex AGM of NABARD providing agricultural consultancy to farmers . You can contact me at
    The following information compiled from web sources is given below
    Tulsi faming details


    TUTICORIN, December 5, 2014

    Tulsi helps farmers’ cluster net good income
    22 farmers are involved in the cultivation on 10 hectares[​IMG]

    Deputy Director of Horticulture S. Raja Mohamed inspecting a Tulsi farm at Melakarisalkulam village in Vasudevanallur block.

    A group of Dalit farmers have been motivated by the Department of Horticulture, Tirunelveli, to cultivate Tulsi in a cluster on 10 hectares under the National Mission for Medicinal Plants (NMMP) at Melakarisalkulam village in Vasudevanallur block this year. Under the scheme, a subsidy of Rs. 6,000 per hectare is given to the farmers.

    Twenty two farmers, who benefitted from the mission, were involved in the cultivation on 10 hectares as it yielded desired results, S. Raja Mohamed, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Tirunelveli, told The Hindu on Thursday.

    The district had the potential to cultivate Tulsi, Ocimum sanctum, a multi-purpose herb, used both in garlands for pujas and for medicines. It was also used in perfumery and cosmetics, he said.

    “Tulsi, known as basil leaves, is a fairly common plant in Indian households. The plant is considered to be holy by people of different religions. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill-effects of stress. This herb helps to relieve headaches caused due to sinusitis, allergies, cold and even migraines,” he said.

    V. Palanichamy, one of the beneficiaries under the scheme, who availed himself of a subsidy of Rs. 2,400 for tulsi cultivation on one acre, said he managed to earn around Rs.1,000 every day by selling 300 bunches at Rs. 3 to Rs. 4 per bunch at Sankarankoil and Rajapalayam markets during the Tamil months of Aiyppasi and Markazhi for pujas in temples, besides selling dried leafy bunches at Rs. 50 per kilogram to herbal manufacturers at Manur and Rajapalayam during lean season.

    Over the last two months, this herb fetched good price in markets as their income rose to Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000. Nurseries of tulsi were also being prepared continuously to cultivate this herb for months together, as it ensured a regular income throughout the year, he said.


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  4. marpffc9

    marpffc9 Member

    Tulsi or Sacred basil (Ocimum sanctum L.) is a biennial shrub belonging to the family Lamiaceae. The plant has been revered by the people of India for its multivarious uses since vedic times. Even now, it is worshipped by many. The essential oil of sacred basil has about 71 per cent eugenol and is comparable to that of clove oil. Eugenol is widely used in perfumery, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and confectionary industries. The juice of the leaves possesses antiseptic, diaphoretic, antiperiodic, stimulating, expectorant, anti-pyretic and memory improving properties. It is one among the few plants which purifies the atmosphere


    The plant is sufficiently hardy and it can be grown on any type of soil except the ones with highly saline, alkaline or water logged conditions. However, sandy loam soil with good organic matter is considered ideal.


    The crop has a wide adaptability and can be grown successfully in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Long days with high temperature have been found favourable for plant growth and oil production.


    Presently, there are no named varieties under this crop and only the types (i) Green type (Sri tulsi) and (ii) Purple type ( Krishna tulsi) are under cultivation.



    The crop can be propagated either through seeds or cuttings.

    Nursery raising

    For propagating basil through seeds, they are to be sown in the nursery beds. The nursery should be located preferably in partial shade with adequate irrigation facilities. Soil is worked upto a depth of about 30 cm. Well rotten farm yard manure (2 kg/sq.m) is applied to the soil and prepared to a fine tilth and seed beds of 4.5x1.0x0.2 m size are prepared. As the seeds are minute, the required quantity of seeds are mixed with sand in the ratio of 1:4 and sown in nursery bed, 2 months in advance of the onset of monsoon. They germinate in 8-12 days and seedlings are ready for transplanting in about 6 weeks time at 4-5 leaf stage.

    Vegetative propagation

    Vegetatively it can be propagated by terminal cuttings with about 90-100 per cent success during October-December months. For this purpose, cuttings with 8-10 nodes and 10-15 cm length are used. They are so prepared that except for the first 2-3 pairs of leaves the rest are trimmed off. Later, they are planted in the well prepared nursery beds or polythene bags. In about 4-6 weeks time the rooting is complete and they are ready for transplanting into the mainfield. The plants are transplanted at a spacing of 40 cm between the row and 40 cm within the row.


    After transplanting irrigation is provided twice a week till one month so that the plants establish themselves well. Later, it is given at weekly interval depending upon the rainfall and soil moisture status.

    The first weeding is done one month after planting and the second after another 30 days. Afterwards, no further weeding is required as the plants become bushy and cover the soil and thereby smother the weeds. However, after each harvest, weeding should be done so as to avoid weed growth in the interspaces, if any.


    Major insects : Leaf rollers

    Major diseases: Powdery mildew, seedling blight, root-rot


    1. Spray the crop with 0.2% malathion or 0.1% methyl parathion to control leaf rollers whenever


    2. To control powdery mildew, spray the crop with 0.3% wettable sulphur.

    3. Drench the nursery beds with a 0.1 per cent solution of mercurial fungicide.

    4. Adopt phytosanitory measures to control the seedling blight and root rot.


    The crop is harvested at full bloom stage by cutting the plants at 15 cm from ground level to ensure good regeneration for further harvests. The first harvest is done after 90 days of planting and subsequently it may be harvested at every 75 days interval. Harvest the crop on bright sunny days to get good yield and oil quality.

    On an average, basil gives about 10,000-15,000 kgs of fresh herbage per hectare per year. As the herb contains about 0.1 to 0.23 per cent oil, commensurating to it we may obtain about 10-23 litres of essential oil per hectare.
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  6. vbnexim

    vbnexim New Member

    We have about 10 acres and we can do Tulsi farming and other medicinal & herbal plants there.
    The place is located near the backwaters near Trivandrum, Kerala.
    Water, electricity, labor available in plenty. We welcome interested persons for lease/ or J V to join us and share profits with us.
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