Basil fungus???

holyhotpeppers(9b)July 15, 2012

So I have had this basil plant for almost 6 months now and have notice this what looks to be fungus growing on the stems... here is a photo... anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it? It looks like insects but they are not.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Is there anyway that you could remove an affected leaf and stem so that you can take a better close-up? I might be able to ID these little things with a more detailed picture.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 10:21AM
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holyhotpeppers(9b)

Try this

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:13PM
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holyhotpeppers(9b)

Or this

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:15PM
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holyhotpeppers(9b)

anyone?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:07PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

These things aren't growing on the leaves, too, are they? If not, I'm going to guess that they are adventitious root primordia. We see such 'aerial roots ' on lots of different kinds of plants....tomatoes being very familiar.

This is a guess, since I really haven't seen a picture that makes me certain. And if the leaves are also affected......all bets are off.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 6:50PM
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holyhotpeppers(9b)

They are not growing on the leaves. So is it going to hurt the basil? What can i do to resolve it?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 7:53PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

rhizo - I thought adventitious roots too. In fact I could have sworn I'd posted that but it seems not. Hollyhotpeppers - do they wipe off easily? If not I'd say roots. In which case there is no need to do anything about them. Or you could take some cuttings.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 5:01AM
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holyhotpeppers(9b)

Yes they do wipe off pretty easily. Here in FL we have had a very wet summer with tons of rain an humidity.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 7:30AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If they wipe off VERY easily, rather than snap off, then they aren't roots. Have you tried breaking one open and looking at it under under a lens?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 4:43PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Unless Holly can provide improved images.....I give up, lol.

Do these things move or are they rather firmly attached to the stem?

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 7:16AM
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