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Something is eating my Basil

Posted by cavs4us (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 24, 05 at 12:15


I'm new to herbs. This is my fist year growing them and I love it. We live in SW Michigan and I have some Basil that is doing great, but something is eating on the leaves. It has small holes in some of the leaves. What should I do to get rid of the problem?

Also, should I use a fertlizer for my herbs or not. So far I have not. If so, what do you recommend.


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RE: Something is eating my Basil

Cucumber beetles eat holes in basil leaves, according to a wholesale herb grower whose talk I attended yesterday. There are no good organic remedies. They've left enough for me.

The highest quality herbs are grown in lean soils -- no fertilizer, not a lot of water. Too much of either, and they'll die. A little too much, and the herb flavors will not be as strong.

RE: Something is eating my Basil

The only herbs I fertilize are basil and parsley, and I use a half-strength fish emulsion solution. Be careful not to under-water your basil though--it turns bitter and very strong-flavored when drought stressed, and never again produces tender sweet leaves!

RE: Something is eating my Basil

I have had Japanese Beetles on mine recently. Not many, but they can do some serious damage quickly.

RE: Something is eating my Basil

HI Jeanie - I'm goig to guess Japanese Beetles also. They just emerged here in Ohio last week and I lost two basil plants before I knew what was going on. Luckily I still have lots more. They are most active mid-day. They have a metallic green appearance.

Good Luck!

RE: Something is eating my Basil

Earwig nymphs were having a hayday on mine....


RE: Something is eating my Basil

Holes in leaves would more likely be:
- Slugs
- Snails
- Grasshoppers
In 5 years of growing basil commercially I have never experienced flea beetles in my basil.

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