Medicinal herb, organic fly trap; Tulsi is ideal plant for herbal garden
Holy basil aka tulsi is known for its medicinal properties. It can boost immunity and protect health. The holy basil plant with dark green leaves is locally called Krishna Tulsi and the one with light green leaves is called Rama Tulsi. As the plant is a major ingredient in many home remedies, it can be included in herbal garden at home.
Tulsi grows well in hot climate. Fertile soil is ideal for tulsi. The plant absorbs nutrients from the soil in the first three months. After this, the plant should be pruned to ensure its growth. When the tip of the plant is cut, more leaves grow on it.
Dried cow dung powder can be added as fertilizer. Plant should be watered every day in the initial phase. Groundnut cake and cow dung powder mixed in equal amount can be given as fertilizer once in a month. This will help tulsi grow faster.
Tulsi as organic insect trap
A chemical compound called eugenol produced by tulsi leaves makes it a good organic pest control. Mango flies that attack ripe fruits will be attracted to the fly traps made with tulsi juice. As eugenol helps mango fly grow fast, it comes in search of tulsi as soon as mango trees bloom.
Crush a handful of tulsi and flowers and add 30 millilitre water, 10 gram jaggery and 5 drops of oil or soap in it. Pour this liquid in a plastic bottle. Make holes with 3-inch length and 2-inch width on both sides of the bottle. Mango flies will be attracted due to the smell of tulsi and then die in the trap.
Both male and female fruit flies are attracted to tulsi trap while only male flies are attracted to pheromone trap. Tulsi trap can be effectively used in guava, cucumber and banana farms as these crops are attacked by insects a lot.