Learning how to diagnose plants is the key if you’re growing basil, or any other herb. Your indoor plants are going to let you know if something isn’t right. The leaves will fall off, turn brown or some other symptom will manifest itself.
There are diverse causes, some that may be corrected and others that can’t. When you are trying to figure out what is wrong, begin with the most simple solution as a starting point.
The most typical reason for sick basil is watering, either too much or not enough. If the plant’s leaves are beginning too look wilted or are drying up, check the soil and if it is dry add a good quantity of water to wet the dirt and leave it moist once the water has run thru.
If you have over watered your basil, ensure the drainage hole isn’t clogged and if you’ve got a dish that catches excess water, empty it out to make space for more water to drain out of the pot.
If the perimeters of the leaves are browning and are starting to look dried out it is from too much warmth. In this situation it’s best to get rid of the plant from bright sunlight, adjust the temperature within the home if feasible. These symptoms can also show up if there isn’t enough humidity in the house. As a easy solution you can put a tiny dish of water close to the basil and as it evaporates the plant will soak it up.
When a plant looses its leaves it might be because the roots were damages from over watering, the plant isn’t getting plenty of water to support the quantity of foliage, or it is too hot. Assess the plant’s environment to start nursing it back to health and giving it what it has to improve. These are some general key points to keep in mind when growing basil. If you need more information you ask the mavens at your local gardening center.
Joseph Robertson loves growing basil for home cooking. Check out more on the blog for tips on growing basil.
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