My basil plant starts to die from the ground up.

allenwrenchJuly 25, 2008

My basil plant starts to die from the ground up. The stems of one section turns brown, gets dry and can snap and the top green parts start to wilt and die.

Is it from bolting and not picking the flowers off fast enough? Or something else? The rest of the plant is OK, it just happens in one section.

See brown portion in bottom of photo.

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I'm not sure I can see anything wrong with your basil. The base of the stems will get brown and woody as the plants ages. This is normal. When you say the top part wilts and dies, what exactly happens? Basil leaves are often naturally puckered looking. The basil in the photo looks pretty healthy. Possibly you are overwatering and there is a bit of fungal rot creeping in. Not picking off the flowers would not make your basil die.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 7:53AM
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Well, the whole plant may look good. Then one small section of the plant starts to wilt bad and leaves start dropping off it.

I may be over watering it. I'm in Z6. When it is hot 88-92 how often should it be watered when it is planted in ground?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 10:51AM
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Thanks John.

Here is close up photo of the wilt. The rest of the plant is fine.

On another note. It looked like site had some photos of green plastic triangle tomato cages. What is your opinion of them? Was thinking about trying em.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 8:29AM
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I have put my basil in a spot where it is half shady, half sun. Now it has died. I watered it every 2 days at the least.
Why did it die?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 3:12AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Perhaps too much water and not enough sun.


    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 8:50AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Also, you don't say where you live, but February is not a good time to try to grow basil in the Northern Hemisphere unless you live in a hot sunny area country.

BTW - it's not advisable to put your email on here.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 12:31PM
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