Apical Dominance, Tulsi And Lord Krishna
Tulsi dal or apical buds of Tulsi plant are woven in the form of a garland and are offered to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna loves them. Lord Krishna had a unique art of helping others without letting them know. He used to do it in a way that the needy instead of feeling helped felt that he was helping.
In a plant, the apical bud dominates and does not let the lateral buds of the plant to grow. When the apical bud of the Tulsi plant bears flowers, it is an indication that the plant has produced its progeny, has completed its life cycle, and is about to die now. If we pluck the apical buds bearing flowers at this time, the lateral buds grow to produce new shoots. Science says that removing apical bud lowers the amount of Auxin, a plant hormone responsible for apical dominance. These lateral buds compete to become the lead growth. This prevents this medicinal plant from dying.
The Divine Act
Thus, by accepting Tulsi Dal,Lord Krishna gives life to this sacred plant. This divine act is also very beneficial for mankind as Tulsi has many medicinal properties.