Health basil with browning stems

Gardener103July 18, 2012

Hello. I have been having a basil plant that has been growing very healthy , and has been flowering immensely. It has been growing in such a way that there are 3 main stems with a multitude of branches that are getting very tall(half foot)and are flowering with with arrays of very small leaves growing upwards. I apologize if this description if unclear as I will soon post a picture.

Recently I have noticed browning around the stems:very little , but there nonetheless. It has been growing in a large rectangular pot with 2 drainage hole on both sides. I am growing it in Maryland :here , the humidity is mild but it's extremely hot and the soil becomes crisp. I water it every other day and make the soil quite damp , but not too damp. I am worried that the plant will become more brown. The leaves are yellowish at the bottom , and the leaf size has been decreasing. But overall , much of the leaves are green and the plant is getting taller and flowering. No seeds have been sighted yet.

Sorry for writing too much , but I am trying to explain as best as I can. I suspect I am watering it too much or fungus has grown , but I am unsure and cannot see any fungus. Help would be extremely appreciated. Thank you for reading this.

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Gardener103

I apologize: I meant to say healthy basil

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 1:05AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Is the brown at the base of the stems? And is it soft and brown or more as if it is turning woody? Basil does get woody and brown at the base and that is perfectly normal. If the brown is soft it is more likely a fungus. As to the leaf yellowing it is a matter of degree. No plant can hang on to leaves for ever and there is a natural turnover with new leaves coming and old leaves dying. But if there are a lot and it's happening suddenly it could indicate a problem. The commonest is over watering. When you say the drain holes are at the sides does that mean there are no holes on the bottom of the pot? If so there could be stagnant water sitting in the bottom.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 5:05AM
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Gardener103

Thank you for your reply. I have placed fresh soil in the pot , and I will stop watering it every other day. The drainage holes are on the bottom of the pot. I took another look at it and I figure the browning feels rather smooth and is definitely more of a light woody color.

Perhaps it is a combination of over watering and wooding? I did not suspect wooding as the plant is not that old , maybe 2 and half months old. The flowers are mostly white , but some of them are browning . There are very few yellow leaves.Much of them are green , but I have another basil plant that is a little younger and flowering less with less leaves but overall bigger leaf size. I haven't seen any seeds either.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Gardener103

Another (Note:I have placed soil AFTER I took this pictures)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:56PM
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Gardener103

Here is another

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:58PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Looks like totally normal ageing of the stems. But you need to trim off the seed/flower heads if you want it to keep producing large fresh leaves. I would also fill the container to the top as it looks half empty at the moment and the basil will develop a big root mass.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 4:54AM
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