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Basil is a culinary herb (Ocimum basilicum) from the mint family. Use this tag for all varieties of basil (sweet basil, holy basil, etc.)

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How to get rid of tiny basil flies?

I have two basil plants and both are infested with the same tiny flies. I have tried everything I could think of and nothing seemed to get rid of them: Changed the soil to one appropriate for ...
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Pest Identification in SF

First time growing in SF and I have a multitude of different plant varieties in a garden bed. My peas are all growing fine as is my broccoli, but something keeps eating the leaves of my arugula and ...
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Why did my basil plant grow some purple leaves?

My basil plant has grown some purple leaves. Searching on the internet, I found 2 possible explanations, either flowering or cold weather. However, I am not sure if this is indeed flowering as it only ...
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Why is my tulsi plant drying up?

There are traces of white spots, leaves turning brown from the edge and the plant is dying off. (I don't see evident signs of spider mites, which are present on my other plants and I am using need oil ...
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Large white marks and curled up basil leaves

I’ve grown this plant from seed indoors under grow lights. Potting mix is ProMix organic. They looked great at first but then started developing these white marks and the leaves started curling up all ...
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Basil Plant leaves discoloration

What is the discoloration on my basil leaves? the bottom leaves of the plants also have it and are yellow. Am i doing something wrong ?
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My basil has these whiteish spots on leaves

My basil has these whiteish spots on leaves, not at all leaves but seems to have a problems since many leaves have fallen.
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Black/Brown Basil

After noticing a few Japanese beetles on my basil plants, I used the recommended dish soap and water solution and sprayed the plants. All 3 of them turned black or brown within a day or so. I cut ...
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Yellowing basil plant

Are the leaves of this plant still ok to consume?
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Black spots on new growth basil leaves

I potted some basil plants 2 weeks ago and they have been doing well and the overall plants have looked healthy. A couple of days ago I noticed some small black dots on some of the top leaves. I ...
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Safe consumption timing of basil after cypermethrin application

I recently treated my basil plants with cypermethrin insecticide to control pests. While the product label indicates a waiting time of 3 days for tomatoes, it doesn't specify the waiting period for ...
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What are these white things on my Basil Plant?

I’m a beginner with gardening so I don’t know much about it. I bought my basil plant from the supermarket and it was growing well for the first few weeks. I was just about to water my basil plant ...
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What are these strange black lumps on basil plant?

I've recently noticed these lumps on the stems of my basil plant The fall off fairly easily but I'm not sure what they are and there's not much online that I can find.
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What is keeping indoor basil from thriving?

I have been trying to figure out how to successfully grow basil indoors, but I have constantly struggled to help the basil thrive. I have two LED grow lights, and the different places on the plants ...
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What are these spots on this basil's leaves?

The affected leaves are widespread in various places on the plants. Might have been related to a recent round of fertilizer, and I have been careful with the watering. I suspect some fungal disease.
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light yellow green growths on basil plant stem

These strange growths appeared on my basil plant stem. Removed one sample and it doesn't look like an insect (it's firmly anchored to the stem, and doesn't move). It is hard and relatively dry. What ...
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Why isn't my Basil cutting rooting?

So, 3 days ago I took a cutting from the main stem of my basil plant and replanted it into a cocopeat puck that is placed into some water, a makeshift hydroponic setup. I am making use of filtered, RO ...
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Distorted leaves, white spots, and welts on basil

I'm currently gearing up to start some basil seeds and doing an inventory of my closet greenhouse. One of my basil plants has recently been absolutely wrecked by... Something, or multiple things, and ...
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White covering on leaves of tulsi (holy basil) in winters

Full gallery Facing the same problem in 3 of my 4 tulsi plants Looks like a fungal infection to me, please advice. Happening in winters. It appears to have spread to 2 plants from one. Other non-tulsi ...
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Can a plant that has lost all leaves be rejuvinated?

I have a Tulasi (Holy Basil) plant that was lush with green leaves a few months back. The leaves slowly started to fall off and now only the dry branches were remaining and there are no leaves. I cut ...
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Saving My Large Basil Plant - Help?

I have a seven-year-old basil plant which is about 5 feet tall. I accidentally burned all the leaves spraying with the wrong spray bottle. Although the tree was doing well after all the leaves dropped,...
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Which Basil leaves should I pick to minimise damage to the plant?

I have a small basil plant that I use for the occasional pasta and salad. I was wondering if there is an "optimal" way to harvest the plant so that it can keep growing as much as possible, ...
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Will rubbing alcohol make my basil inedible?

I currently have indoor potted basil and peppermint plants. Unfortunately, aphids have taken up residence in the peppermint and are spreading to the basil. Several internet sources say that rubbing (...
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Does my basil have fusarium wilt?

my basil has browning leaves and a dark stem and Im worried it has fusarium wilt! I only bottom water it every time it droops and keep it beside a semi sunny windowsill. It does live in a not so well ...
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Why does my basil have brown edges, yellowy spots, and split ends?

There seem to be all sorts of problems with my basil but I can't figure the cause of it. I've had it for a few weeks after buying it at the grocery store and it's been through a bit. I transplanted it ...
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How to prevent rotting of Holy Basil when propagating with water?

So I'm propagating Holy Basil from cuttings. I take a nodal area cut and prune the leaves except for the top ones and dip them in water for about a week or two. The top leaves do not touch the water. ...
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Holy Basil / Tulsi Plant Leaves Turning brown w/ netted holes

My holy basil/tulsi plant was doing well up until a week ago when netted holes started appearing in brown spots on the leaves. I had not changed the location of the plant so the environment was ...
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Identify Plant Herb

Does anyone know what plant this is? I think it may be a type of basil but it has no distinctive smell. Has dandelion-like parachute type seeds. May be a weed.
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Are these aphids that I've found in my indoor greenhouse and trying to figure out what this caterpillar like creature is?

So I've started up a little indoor herb garden/green house about a month and a half ago.I should preface by saying I'm relatively new to the gardening game. I've basically just used some greenhouse ...
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Bugs found in all of my plants!

I noticed my basil was being chewed about a week ago. I inspected the soil and leaves and didn't found anything. Next thing I see is a little black and brown bug (shown picture 1) running around the ...
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Basil plant diagnosis

I've recently bought a basil plant and it's having some issues I cannot understand. Leaves are kind of curled, there are tunnels on the leaves (which i trimmed) and i'm watering it about once in 3 ...
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I need help with my first seedlings

The cilantro have grown a lot of true leaves but not so much the basil and oregano. I planted them all at the same time. I don’t know if im supposed to thin any of them out now and how exactly to thin ...
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What’s wrong with basil plant?

I have an albahaca plant in my rooftop that I water daily. We’re in the Caribbean and it receives full (very strong) sun when the sun’s setting (it’s behind a wall). I’ve noticed that the leaves are ...
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Is my Tulsi plant alive?

I recently went home for the winter and left my Tulsi with a generous neighbour. They watered her daily, but when I returned after 5 weeks, I found that she had lost all her leaves. Here's a picture ...
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Is it safe to hard prune my basil plant?

My basil plant has lost all the leaves 12-14 inches from the the bottom. The plant is looking leggy. I want to make it look bushier and short. Would it be safe to prune it by cutting it into half or 2/...
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What happened to my basil. I remember only spraying it with dish soap and oil

I've only ever sprayed dish soap with oil. I usually only water my basil daily but its very rainy in my area. Please help in identifying why my basil has blotches on it's leaves
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Why isn't my basil pesto perpetuo doing well?

I have a basil pesto perpetuo (a variegated variety of basil) I'm growing because it just looks and smells nice (not to eat). It supposedly likes sun (it's in a pot next to a window that gets plenty ...
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White spots on Tulsi leaves

There are white spots on the Tulsi leaves. Can't go outside to buy manure or fertilizers due to lockdown. Please suggest home remedies for this..
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Why are my basil leaves turning black?

Seeking all the experts out there. Just while I was going out to water my basil plant just now, I realised that some leaves have developed dark spots as shown in the pictures. I have immediately ...
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Uneven coloring basil leaves

I have seen this from time to time Where the color of the leaves is uneven. This year I purchased the plants from two sources. One batch is nice even color and the others somewhat splotchy. Just ...
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Identify five basil-like herbs [closed]

Are these basils? If so, what kinds? (When there is more than one kind of plant in a picture, I'm asking about the one in the center.) Thank you.
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Problem with herbs

My basil and mint plants started to have small spots on their leaves, as in this photo: They got bigger and spreaded to the whole plant. Any idea what could be the problem and how to fix it? I couldn'...
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Basil leaves varying in color, shape and reflectance

I have bought basil plants from two different places and so far I have noticed that one of them has developed rounder, shinier and darker leaves than the other. why would that be, I thought there was ...
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What are the tiny black dots on my basil?

I repotted my basil plant yesterday as it was in a small seedling bag. Today when I checked on my plant, all of the leaves even the small ones that are growing, had black dots all over. Please help I’...
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Cutting of Cinnamon Basil

Usually Basil is cut before it blooms in order to get a more bushy plant. This is my first year in which I'm trying Cinnamon Basil (in Central Europe). I always wanted to try it as it's famous for it'...
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New herbs turning brown. Need rescue

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: Now though, they're starting ...
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Does bottom watering basil work?

I have a couple basil plants growing in pots. Normally I'm told that I should water it from the top and let it drain fully through the holes on the bottom of the pot. Can I bottom water these plants ...
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translucent spots in basil leaves

Every year around this time I take my basil outside. After a couple of days maybe a week, transparent spots begin appearing in otherwise perfectly good leaves. Last year I had to throw it all away and ...
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What's eating my plants?

New gardener here. I saw little holes in my basil, bean, and epazote leaves. What's eating them, and how can I get rid of these pests? Obviously spraying something on the leaves is less than ideal for ...
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Potted herbs dying in small outdoor "greenhouse"

First time plant owner here. I'm trying to get some potted herbs growing on an outdoor terrace, zone 6-7. Intermittent full sunlight ~3-4 hours a day, partial shade the rest of the time. Birds have ...
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