What's happening to my basil leaves?

swevrywhereJuly 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, I bought a couple basil pots at Trader Joe's. I've kept them in the pot, set them near the window where they get a lot of direct sunlight, and have been watering them every evening. Recently, I've been getting some sick spots (see http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1b-b60iH20CS135dKmBpJQ?feat=directlink) on my leaves and am unsure if it's bugs or something else. Does anyone know what this could be? If so, what can I do to fix it?


Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of basil leaves

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mister_potato_head(VT 5a)

I would say you're watering too often. Only water when the soil starts to dry a little. Not bone dry, but less than moist. Watering every evening is not a good idea, as you can see.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 7:38PM
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Could watering too much really cause the leaves to get funky like that? Wild. Thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 11:24PM
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Could be the beginning if spider mites, but more likely depression from being kept indoors when all the other basils get to go outside. Basil does not like it inside, and leaves that form in bright light will suffer when deprived of their power source. Even in a sunny window, the plants are getting maybe 1/3 of the light they would get on "the other side". It really, really wants to go outside.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 1:50PM
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Looks like thrips to me.


If you can't load that, go to google and type in 'thrips basil' and do an image search.

More info: http://www.hdc.org.uk/herbs/page.asp?id=7

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 4:26PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Is there anyway that you could remove one of the affected leaves and take a good picture to send us? I think I see some patches of powdery mildew, but not really sure.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 7:53AM
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