Tulsi leaves wilting - Why it happens on your plant and how to fix it

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Tulsi leaves will look healthy most of the time

Tulsi is a very popular herb in the Indian subcontinent and is known for its health benefits. It produces bright green foliage with a distinctive flavor. Although it is very easy to grow the Tulsi plant, it can develop wilting leaves which eventually shortens the life of the plant.

In this resource, we will talk about why Tulsi leaves wilt and ways to fix them.

Why does Tulsi leaves wilt

Healthy Tulsi plants require well-drained soil, eight long hours of sunlight, and a place with good air circulation. If you are fulfilling the basic needs of this plant, you are good to go and if not, your plant will get into some serious trouble. Below are the reasons due to which the Tulsi leaves wilt:


1: Improper watering

Most of the wilting issues occur due to improper watering. Tulsi plant requires well-drained, moist soil to grow and thrive. The plant will start wilting if the soil dries too much or is soggy. Although they go well with alternate watering days, the plant might need daily watering if it is kept outside.

Overwatering too leads to wilting leaves. Tulsi leaves usually begin to yellow and drop off.

Solution: Sticking to a watering schedule will cure the wilting issues. Try and test different watering schedules with your plant to understand what is best for it. Usually, the plant will bounce back from all the stress if there isn't any serious damage.


2: Improper pruning

Tulsi plants will begin to wilt very fast if they are allowed to produce seeds or flowers. Prune back the seeds or flowers whenever the plant grows them. Seeds and flowers take up a lot of energy to grow which will eventually affect the plant's energy reserves.

Solution: You can prune the long branches too if the plant grows past 6 or 8 inches and use them for kitchen use. Long, leggy plants look dull and will look wilted even if they are not wilting. Pruning them back to the bottom will ensure a proper plant shape and will encourage new plant growth.


3: Temperature

Both freezing temperatures in winters and extreme heat in summers will cause the plant leaves to wilt. In a nutshell, under stressful situations, the plant leaves will begin to wilt. Under the temperature stress, the leaves will begin to curl and fall down.

Solution: Prune back the branches which affected from the cold breeze and during the Summers, stick to a watering schedule and use mulch to retain moisture in the soil.


4: Pests and diseases

One of the most common reasons behind wilting leaves is pest attack. Watch out for any visible signs of pesst attack and treat them. Tulsi leaves, a herb, often gets attacked by pests like white flies and spider mites leading to stress and wilting leaves.

Solution: Develop and stick to a schedule to spray neem oil spray on your plants. Neem wotks like an organic pesticide with literally no side effects.


Watch out for these reasons in your plants and try to apply the solutions provided. Even if you face any specific issue, feel free to drop a comment in the section below. Till then take care, and happy gardening.

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