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Basil turning yellow

Posted by shelleyh z5 NY (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 3, 10 at 18:59

I put 7 basil plants in pots and they are growing tall but some of their leaves, especially the bottom ones are turning yellow in a blotchy way. The whole leaf isn't yellow only parts. I haven't been overwatering them. What could be causing this?

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RE: Basil turning yellow

Enough sun???

RE: Basil turning yellow

They will tend to become root bound, cake up and won't absorb the nutrients.
Nothing else, they will be dwarfs and will try to flower persistantly, b/c thats all the chance they got.

Generally, pellow color of most garden plants, SWEET BASIL, in your case,
is associated withe:
--- too much water, rinsing/flushing the nitrogen out.
--- too little nitrogen to begin with
--- too much shade
--- any combitation thereof


RE: Basil turning yellow

I think shellyh meant she had 7 basil plants in 7 seperate pots ( if I am reading it right ).

What soil mix did you use ? When I grow in containers I don't use mixes alone out of the bag, even mixes made for
containers, I added bulky materials and perlite to help lighten up the mix. The only thing I can think of is that maybe there is not enough oxygen getting to the basil's roots.

Good luck

RE: Basil turning yellow

I am having this problem too and I don't know what is causing it. It is only the bottom leaves on mine. Does this just mean that they are ready to be picked or are they bad now?

RE: Basil turning yellow

Basil is picked when green.

They should be in a good driaining soil as namfon mentions.

Have they been fed at all?


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