I'm super new to having plants/gardening. 4 days ago (as of writing), I purchased a set of herbs online from a seller just a city over. Here they are when they arrived: set of herbs

Now though, they're starting to look unhappy, for lack of a better term. The stems are turning dark, although they're not squishy. Some leaves are also yellowing and/or getting brown spots. I haven't watered them since I got them, I just removed some of the yellowing/dried leaves. Kind of scared to do anything yet.

Lavender:  Sick lavender plant

Parsley: sick parsley plant

Peppermint: sick peppermint plant

Basil: sick basil plant sick basil stem

PS: apologies for the photos being screenshots, the original's file sizes were too big for upload.

  • Water them all thoroughly, immediately and let them drain down before placing back in any outer tray - otherwise, are you keeping them in or outdoors? And what part of the world are you in?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:43
  • Okay, I'll do that. They're all indoors as it's currently rainy where I'm at so I can't keep them in the balcony.
    – gfish
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:46
  • and where are you? need to know in terms of temperatures/climate outside - does your answer mean they have been outdoors, you just moved them in out of the rain?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:47
  • Manila, Philippines
    – gfish
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:49
  • did you put them straight outside when you first got them? In sun or not?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 16, 2020 at 22:50

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They may not be accustomed to sunlight, so that might have caused a problem, but the main issue is probably lack of water. Water when the surface of the soil feels just about dry to the touch, water well, allow to drain down freely. Check them daily to see if they need water, especially if the weather is hot and sunny, when they might need watering twice a day because the pots are small. Acclimatize them to sunlight gradually, but the parsley may do better in partial shade anyway.

The lavender needs a larger pot so find one the next size up and move it into that; use new potting soil to put round the root ball and water well when it's done. You will probably need to cut off the parts that have died back, right at the base of the stems close to the soil. The Basil is okay at the moment, but will likely need a bigger pot soon, as will the peppermint. Moving them out of the rain is not necessary, unless it's raining so hard its battering trees and large plants to the ground with the force of it.

  • Thank you! I'll take note of these and will read up more on taking care of herbs indoors. <3
    – gfish
    Jun 16, 2020 at 23:11
  • The Lavender needs to be outdoors really...
    – Bamboo
    Jun 16, 2020 at 23:41

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