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What's going on with my basil

Been growing herbs for many years now, and always thought basils were the easiest. But this year, there's something going on with my basil. Looks like downy mildew, perhaps, but I don't even water my basil from above and, if anything, I'm underwatering it.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,473

    It looks scorched.

     Try taking it out of the sun in hot weather, and water in the morning.

  • SepandSepand Posts: 3

    Really? It hasn't even been that sunny here this spring. To be honest, I've never grown my herbs indoors, so not sure if the window makes a difference (I assume not). 

    Doesn't the first picture (the back of the leaf) look like downy mildew?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,875

    Have a look with a magnifying glass at the back of one of the affected leaves, it may be bugs like thrips or spider mite.
    Doesn't look like downy mildew
    Most likely it's just not happy where it is. It wants to be back home in Thailand. Do you feed it with something now and then? 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,145

    Insect damage, does it have white fly? 

    Also looks like Leaf Miner damage.

    Last edited: 22 June 2017 23:26:56

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  • SepandSepand Posts: 3

    I looked and found some, but not a lot, of whatever these are:

    That was it. Couldn't find anything else. Anyways, the basil's gone now. Since it's so late into the season I had to buy another one that's already started. This time I went with a thai basil. Hope it survives, but doubtful, because I just noticed that my thyme's also having problems. Here are some pics with my cell phone. I might be able to get better pictures with my brother's camera, if that helps.


    And here's one of the pesky things on my thyme that was also on my basil:


    Maybe I should just leave them outside as opposed to the window sill. Perhaps the rain will help? But I remember I've always had these green bugs on my herbs and none of my plants looked as bad as they do now.

    Last edited: 29 June 2017 17:30:42

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