Leaves on Basil turning brown

rzwahr(7 NC)May 22, 2009

I'm having a problem with my basil - the leaves are starting to turn brown from the center outward. They aren't drying up, but rather it almost looks like it is varigeted now. Here is a picture I took of a leaf I picked:


My plants are in a spot that gets about 1/2 day of full sun, and they have gotten watered a lot lately. Is this due to overwatering, or is this some kind of disease? If its a disease, what can I do to treat it.


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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Leaves look old. If this is at the base of the plant up to about half way, it can be due to age. Overwatering basil will usually make leaves a bit yellow color, but it also can be due to poor soil conditions. The color is a sure sign of dying leaves.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2009 at 4:01PM
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I am having the exact same problem. My leaves look just like the ones in the picture. Any word on how to fix it? How do I get them back to the dark lush green. My soil is fine and my other herbs are fine. Any suggestions??

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 12:59PM
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I brought some leaves to the local garden store and they told me it was being over watered, so to cut back some of the growth and cut back on the watering. Hopefully that will help!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 2:37PM
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You might need more sun.If its in a pot, put it in the sunniest spot.Also, if basil gets too cold, its leaves will burn brown to black.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 12:24PM
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