Basil problems

slopfrogOctober 5, 2012

I have a young basil plant found as a volunteer that I recently planted in to a pot of miracle gro potting mix in a 10" pot. There's plenty of drainage. Now the plant has turned quite yellow and the leaves are very much upturned rather than flat or slightly droopy like a good specimen would be. You can look at the leaf from the side and easily see the bottom surfaces facing outwards.

I've noticed that my basil always ends up looking this way.... Any ideas?

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It might be that you're killing it with kindness. I never fertilize my herbs and they frequently go without water longer than my guilt feelings can tolerate. But do check the underside of the leaves for anything that doesn't look right. I'm hardly an expert! ;o/


    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:53PM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

How long has it been since transplanting? It may be suffering from shock - whether it recovers or not, time will tell. Is it in full sun?

When I dig up & pot transplants, I keep plants very moist & out of direct sun until they put out new growth.


    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 10:48AM
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timetraveler(9b Melbourne Beach FL)

Look along the stem, especially towards the bottom, for scale insects. If you find them, spray them with horticultural or cooking oil.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 2:24PM
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I transplanted it several weeks ago. It looked healthy for quite some time after that process. All of my basil ends up looking this way. :/

I will check for scales though

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 5:14PM
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