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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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 ...
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Why does my Basilikum have small leaves?

As you can see, my basilikum plant is quite tall however the leaves are too small. When I bought it a month ago it had really healthy and big leaves. I have cut them to make pesto, and after that ...
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Sweet Basil-Pest Infestation

I know my sweet basil plants are infested with white creepy crawlies. Are these whiteflies? (Click on the photo to zoom in) Where do these creepy crawlies come from? I am growing the basil on the ...
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Help identifying pest

I have Basil and mint plants with leaves filled with white dots (see images), and now I've even noticed the same thing on a red currant bush. But I have no idea what's causing it. I can not see any ...
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Hydroponic Basil: massive root growth, but little leaf growth

I am trying to grow some basil using the Kratky method under some cfl lighting. The root growth is massive and is almost filling my 1L jar. But the plant it self is not growing that much. 1 month in ...
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Will a basil seedling regrow after its leaves were eaten?

I planted purple basil a couple of months ago; its true leaves were beginning to develop but a slug (I'm guessing) devoured all the leaves from the seedlings. The stems are present so will it still ...
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What to do with a slender, tall Basil plant? (how to make it “bushy”?)

Am a complete gardening novice, any level of information welcomed! Have been trying to grow Basil - it is now very tall and skinny and woody - I think from initial neglect. See picture: Question: ...
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Why is my basil plant oozing brown sap?

My indoor basil plant has been forming these brown beads on the bottom of leaves and on stems. I think it might be sap that's been oozing out that's turned brown / hardens when exposed to air. In ...
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Basil: Are these aphids, whiteflies or something else?

I have been seeing these tiny greenish-yellowish nodes on the stem of my basil plants. They don't appear on leaves just the stems. I can peel off the nodes and crush it. Does the photo below show an ...
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Sweet basil: Are dark green and slightly smaller leaves better?

I planted some sweet basil seedlings into two different long planter pots and they come from the same batch of seedlings. They are at the same location and get the same amount of sunlight and water. ...
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How close to space sweet basil?

My basils (six of them) were purchased growing very close together in a ½ quart (≈ 500 ml) pot and are at least 6 inches (ca. 15 cm) long already. They are very droopy. I think it may be difficult to ...
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A dark blight is eating my Basil. What to do?

As you can see, the leaves are gradually eaten by some gray/dark dry blight. I have absolutely no idea what it is.
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Basil stem turning brown after pruning

I'm a gardening beginner and recently pruned my first basil plant (about two weeks ago). I bought special pruning shears because pinching the stems took a bit of a pull, and I didn't want to harm them ...
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Basil plant leaves have small black spot with a light grey star shape around it. Tiny worm?

My basil plant has developed small black spots with star shaped light grey areas around the spot on the leaves. Also there are tiny black specks on some leaves that look like droppings. Some of the ...
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Harvesting Basil Seeds Too Early

I harvested Thai Basil seeds, but I cut off the flowering bud portion of the plant before it was entirely dried, though it was done flowering. The seeds are a whitish color instead of the typical ...
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Bonsai basil? Tips on herbal bonsai

I have a 5 year old basil plant growning in my window. Since I don't know much about gardning it has been a small hobby of mine to prune it and keep it alive. My idea was to create some kind of ...
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Why do people say not to overwater basil, when it grows better in standing water?

I have a basil plant that is approximately doubling in size every day while in standing water, and was wondering why people say not to overwater basil?
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How can I treat nutrient burnt basil seedlings?

I grow basil plants from seed. They're approximately 1 month old. I gave them a little pigeon manure, and I think I burnt them. How can I normalize the soil and plant? Thanks.
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How to prevent basil leaves from becoming black

The attached photographs show a sick basil leaf (which is turning black) compared to a healthy basil leaf from the same plant. The black leaves need to be trimmed to keep the plant healthy. What can I ...
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Repot a basil plant with leaves only at the top

Same guy, same wife, different basil plant, new problem. So, I managed to convince my wife that, when removing leaves from the basil plant for use in cooking, she shouldn't remove more than half of ...
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Can I revive my basil that wasn't watered for a week?

I went on vacation and left a generous amount of water in my supermarket bought basil pot that I keep outside of the window. But it is very sunny in that spot as it's high up and facing South, and the ...
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Should I prune a basil plant as it's growing?

I have a few basil plants that I am growing in pots. They look healthy so far and I have not harvested any leaves from the basil. I am wondering if it is recommended to pluck some leaves on a ...
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Why are my basil's stalks turning brown and dying?

I googled and it seems that basil does turn woody after some time but the leaves on these browned stalks look really unhealthy, like I haven't been watering them. Also, the stalks got thinner after ...
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What type of basil is this?

We can't remember what type of basil this is. We've been growing it in an aquaponic setup. The leaves have started to grow really large and they are quite a deep green colour. It's got quite a ...
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New fungus or mold on my basil plant soil [closed]

My husband and I are new to gardening. We bought a basil plant a month or so again, and we've been cutting it and starting new plants. Today woke up to this weird mold or fungus. I can't seem to find ...
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“Softening” plants before they go inside?

I've just been reading some Q's here and through that, learnt about the need to harden plants before moving them outside. I'm planning to do the reverse soon, and move a small basil plant from ...
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What is this white speck on the leaf of my plant?

I found these tiny white web-like spots on many leaves of my plant. What are these specks? And what should I do with them? Ignore them? Wash/Wipe them away with water? Pluck the infected leaves? The ...
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Can annuals work like perennials if you keep using cuttings?

I'm brand, brand new to gardening, and I have a feeling this may be a silly question... but I've found myself wondering it nevertheless. I've bought a basil growing kit (a pot, some soil and some ...
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Why are the leaves of my basil yellowing and falling off?

I got this basil from a friend when it was about half this size. It was a bit spindly and looked like it wasn't pruned enough. Since then I cut it regularly and it got some branches and the base even ...
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Why is my basil doing poorly after I split it a month ago?

About a month ago I split my basil plant in half since I wanted to give some basil to a friend. I had never split a plant before. During the summer and fall months I kept my plants outside on my ...
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Who is eating my basil?

I have a basil plant and all of a sudden the leaves are full of holes as shown in the picture. I am not sure if these are related: Two days ago it rained fiercely and at some point there was also ...
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Keep plants alive and healthy, but at a reasonable size?

My fiancée has several plants, including a basil, pepper (as in, green and red), and tomato. There’s also a poinsettia but that one is less of a problem. We live in a small one-bedroom ...