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What's wrong with my basil

Posted by matt_in_va Northern Virginia (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 27, 11 at 14:13

I'm a very inexperienced gardener. Last year I grew hot peppers in containers on my front patio, with pretty good success. This year I have peppers, and I added a sweet basil plant from a big box store. I planted it a few weeks ago. It gets about six hours of direct sun a day, which is the best I'm able to do for it. About ten days ago I noticed these brown spots forming on some of the leaves. I'm fairly sure I haven't been over-watering, and I keep the water off the leaves when I do water. We had a lot of rain a couple weeks ago, but the brown spots have continued to spread even when it's been dry and sunny. Anyone know what this is and, even more importantly, what I can do about it?

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RE: What's wrong with my basil

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I would pick the biggest leaves off. They don't taste nearly as good and this will cause the plant to grow a bunch of new, tasty, smaller leaves. I don't know why it looks like that. Someone else will tell you, I'm sure.

RE: What's wrong with my basil

Hello Matt. Several years ago I had the exact thing happen to my basil... my sister told me it looked like a kind of fungus. We were never really certain what it was but...

I bought a fungus/insecticide duo (mine was not organic) and sprayed the plant thoroughly. After roughly 3 weeks of spraying and pruning the plant was cured.

Btw, what part of VA? I just moved from Stafford.

RE: What's wrong with my basil

Woodbridge, actually -- not too far from Stafford!

After reading purpleinopp's advice, I pinched off the larger leaves plus all those with the questionable spots. I suspect curing the problem won't be that easy, but we'll see. So far the plant doesn't seem to be suffering. If this doesn't do the job, I'll try a fungicide. Thanks for the advice.

RE: What's wrong with my basil

*Not* fungus.

Heat stress and ran short of water.

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