Questions tagged [basil]

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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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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How to recover basil that's not growing straight?

My basil cutting is leaning heavily to one side, so much so that it's crooked and growing the second branch at right angles from the first! What a crazy plant. I think it'll topple over if I move it ...
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My basil is wilting

Suddenly, my basil started wilting. I watered it and also placed in a bright spot but it didn’t improve. I harvested it a little bit but not much. Is the pot too small? I cannot think of any other ...
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How to root basil cuttings without putting them in water?

I tried several times to multiple my basil using the cutting method, however they don't root and rot everytime, even if I put a piece of charcoal in the container fil with water. So, is there other ...
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Best wavelength mix for an indoor LED grow light used to grow basil

I want to grow basil. A lot of it. Unfortunately the winter is coming, and my plants won't be able to survive outdoors. Beeing an electronics engineer, i decided to DIY an indoor growbox, so that ...
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Basil Starts Wilting After I Cut the Branches

I grow my basil outdoor and it grows well ... until yesterday. But two days ago I cut some branches of basil plant and the next day it starts wilting. I thought the air temperature is too high (about ...
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What's wrong with this basil plant's leaves?

Bought this basil about 2 weeks ago. It dried out a lot so I gave it a good soak by putting it in a pan full of water so the water would go up from the bottom. Now the ends of some leaves have gone ...
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What is causing large white spots on my sweet basil seedling's leaves, and can the plant be saved?

Several weeks ago, I put soil and sweet basil seeds into part of a plastic water bottle that I cut. I put one seed in each of the water bottles, and made a hole at the bottom of the bottles to allow ...
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Black spots on basil leaves

I just got these basil plants a week ago and now they seem to have these black spots on them. All three of the plants are in the same general area, and all of them have the same symptoms. I recently ...
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Tulasi plant (basil) leaves are turning black, collapsing and then dying

My Tulasi plant (basil) leaves are turning black, collapsing into themselves (like folding into a small bulb shape very close to steam) and then dying. In the row, there are 7 plants with gaps, in ...
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Regrowing basil from bought plant

I bought some basil which came with its roots (in a plastic container, not a pot) I thought it could be a great opportunity to regrow my own basil! I have seen some videos that show how they take ...
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Need tips on how to take care of my slightly browned basil plant

My basil plant hasn't been doing well this winter and most of the stems have dried up so I snipped them off and now I recently cut my basil plant down completely because the remaining stems had been ...
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Whats wrong with my Basil sapling?

I live in Pune, India. The weather these days is like Temp: 15 to 30 deg C, Humidity: 30 to 60%. The sapling bought from a local nursery a month ago, the plant is kept in the shade. We water regularly,...
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What are these tiny reddish brown insects on basil leaves?

I have a basil plant. White tiny spots have started to appear on its leaves. On top of the leaves, there are also small reddish moving dots that appear to me as insects. Does anyone know what are ...
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What are these black and white spotted areas leaves on my basil plant?

My basil has a weird problem that seems to be spreading on the leaves. It's basically white spots that are thinner surrounded by black spots. I tried to find information online but couldn't find ...
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What's wrong with my basil plant?

Any ideas what's wrong with this plant? It's watered regularly, gets sunlight, in warm climate. Just will not grow. Stems are woody or black. What have I done wrong?
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How to care for sweet basil plant in a humid climate, such as Hawaii?

I am growing a sweet basil plant and providing full sun and plenty of water. I pinched off the first set of flowers and pruned the plant a bit, but the leaves are still drying out towards the top. I'm ...
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What is this disease is this on my basil and mint?

I have a mint and a basil right next to each other. First the mint and then the basil developed a similar leaf disease. Any advice is appreciated.
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White flies / aphids on Parsley and Herbs in Winter

Help needed to confirm if these are indeed whitefly larvae and what I can do. It's October (going into winter here) so I brought my herbs indoors a few weeks ago, only to have this pest. Questions: ...
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White mold or insects on magic basil plant

I have these little things all over a magic basil plant and they seem to be spreading to other nearby herbs as welll: They look kind of like insects but they're not moving so it could be some kind of ...
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Basil cutting didn't survive after planting in pot

I got two cuttings from healthy basil plant and put those cuttings in glass bottle. After week(2 days before) i planted those two cuttings in new pot i used mixture of potting soil and sand. But it ...
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Is my basil plant dead

I'd like to begin by saying I'm devastated. I live in an apartment on the first floor and I recently got a basil plant. The problem is the window in my apartment has a tree in front of it and sunlight ...
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Can I grow basil in my avocado plant pot

I have a small avocado tree in a pot, & basil I've rooted in water. Both are in a sunny window & seem to be thriving. Can I plant the basil on with the avocado?
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Basil leaves going white - why?

A couple of weeks ago my basil plant on the window started to have some leaves withering and going black. Initially, I thought that it was due to over-watering it and lowered the watering volume, ...
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Basil leaves are scarred and wrinkled

My indoor basil plant has developed some scarring and has some pretty deformed leaves. Could it be due to the caterpillar that chewed up quite a few leaves a few weeks ago, or is something else the ...
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Do toxic mushrooms that grow near a plant affect its edible / poisonous traits?

Some facts: I have some Basil growing in a pot, for the past 7-8 months, with some Thyme right next to it. Last week some mushrooms grew on the soil in-between them and under the Basil. What I know: ...
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Little spots that make the leaf transparent on Basil

My basil got little transparent spots on the leafs. I'm not sure how long this is happening but it is like in all the leafs. I live in the Netherlands and I suppose the light might not be enough but ...
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White spots on Ocimum tenuiflorum leaves (chlorosis?)

I'm growing Ocimum tenuiflorum (O. sanctum) from seed. Since 1 week ago, some seedlings have white spots on the leaves. I didn't see any insect or so and the spots look like a “depigmentation” of the ...
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Pinching vs Pruning

Does pinching (using fingernails) or pruning (using a scissors or shear) affect an indoor houseplant differently ? And which method should I use with herb plants like mint and basil ?
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leggy basil with small leaves

My recently lush windowsill sweet basil has gotten very leggy after having been stressed by underwatering for at least several days (might have been as many as 10). While it was not dead when I got ...
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Are these mealybugs and how do I treat them?

My basil is infested with pests, and from this earlier question I think they might be mealybugs. How should I treat it? I have previously sprayed it with Natrasoap (Potassium salts of fatty acids), ...
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How closely should herbs be spaced?

Newbie herb planter here who is very confused by all of the different information online about how best to start planting herbs. I have started with the following basic herbs: Basil Oregano ...
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Basil plants turned completely woody and brown

I grew basil in 2 different containers. I had a huge spider mite problem after I purched Miracle Gro soil in one container. Earlier this year, I harvested all the leaves off completely and leaves grew ...
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Tulsi/ basil leaves turning yellow

I have a potted Tulsi plant got from a nursery a month back. The leaves were green then. After a pruning, the new leaves started getting yellow. There are two plants and both of them have the same ...
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Planting too many seeds in small pot

What will happen if i keep my sweet basil here?
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Will freezing kill basil seeds?

I've got some basil plants outside (Spicy Globe Bush), which have gone to seed. I'm wondering if there's any chance the seeds will survive a northern (USA) winter and germinate next year. Is there?
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Should I try planting my plant in soil?

I cut a piece of basil and put it inside a vase originally for pure decorative purposes but now I see that it has started to grow roots and it still looks relatively healthy to me. I change the water ...
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Round 2 For Mint Cuttings. Any Tips?

So last time I was here I had bought some mint from Home Depot which started dying on me after a week of having it. I tried moving it outside like everyone suggested but I probably should have ...
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This basil plant has strange spots (almost shiny?) and I can't figure them out

I've been growing this basil plant for a couple of months. I started it from seed in a rockwool cube. Here's its environment: It's under full spectrum lighting for ~15 hours per day, and I recently ...
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My basil is “rotting”, here's all the clues I have gathered

This is my third try in having a basil that lives more than a month and I've been rather successful with my last try. But now, for some unknown reason to me, it's dying. Here are many pictures of ...
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Can I use ladybug larvae to get rid of aphids?

I have basil on my balcony, which I eat. However, lately the leafs have white dots or lines on them. After inspection I found out that it is caused by Aphids. Just the normal light green type. I don'...
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What are these white spots on my Basil Leaves?

My basil plant has some odd white spots on the lower leaves. The upper leaves look like healthy leaves, with only the lower ones being affected. Some pictures of a sample leaf: Any ideas as to what ...
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Is something wrong with my plants?

I've planted some herbs on my balcony in hanging flower boxes. I live in Illinois so it's pretty hot and humid around this time of the year. My parsley has been showing discoloration my basil has some ...
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White spots on basil plant? [duplicate]

My basil plant started getting some white spots a couple of weeks ago. I cut the leaves that had the white spots but the new leaves are growing again with the same white spots. Also, it's weird ...
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Which basil has the strongest licorice flavor?

This is my first year growing basil. I'm growing Spicy Bush Globe basil, this year. However, I've found that it doesn't have the licorice-type flavor I'm used to with basil. It tastes like a mix ...
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Basil cuttings at the wrong time perhaps?

I took some cuttings from my basil plant to make a new plant but they flowered when I had them in water to grew roots. The new plants leaves have grown and looks and smell great but it's not growing ...
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How should I “free” these trapped sprouts?

Look at the sprout on the right: You can see there is a clump of dirt and a little mineral thing stuck on its "head". Should I let it keep growing like this? Should I pick it off? I'm worried about ...