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What's happening to my basil leaves?

Posted by swevrywhere OH (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 16, 10 at 13:59

A few weeks ago, I bought a couple basil pots at Trader Joe's. I've kept them in the pot, set them near the window where they get a lot of direct sunlight, and have been watering them every evening. Recently, I've been getting some sick spots (see http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1b-b60iH20CS135dKmBpJQ?feat=directlink) on my leaves and am unsure if it's bugs or something else. Does anyone know what this could be? If so, what can I do to fix it?

Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pic of basil leaves


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RE: What's happening to my basil leaves?

I would say you're watering too often. Only water when the soil starts to dry a little. Not bone dry, but less than moist. Watering every evening is not a good idea, as you can see.


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RE: What's happening to my basil leaves?

Could watering too much really cause the leaves to get funky like that? Wild. Thanks for your help!


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RE: What's happening to my basil leaves?

Could be the beginning if spider mites, but more likely depression from being kept indoors when all the other basils get to go outside. Basil does not like it inside, and leaves that form in bright light will suffer when deprived of their power source. Even in a sunny window, the plants are getting maybe 1/3 of the light they would get on "the other side". It really, really wants to go outside.


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RE: What's happening to my basil leaves?

Looks like thrips to me.

http://www.google.ca/images?q=thrips basil&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

If you can't load that, go to google and type in 'thrips basil' and do an image search.

More info: http://www.hdc.org.uk/herbs/page.asp?id=7


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RE: What's happening to my basil leaves?

Is there anyway that you could remove one of the affected leaves and take a good picture to send us? I think I see some patches of powdery mildew, but not really sure.


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