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Basil marks??

I need help identifying what this problem is?

how to prevent next time?

Is my plant still edible?

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,263

    IT HAPPENS FROM TIME TO TIME.

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT YOU CAN CERTAINLY EAT IT.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,201

    Is it outside? If they are, and it's not warm enough, they can look a bit unhappy. If they're indoors, they can also look like that, but it can be because of moist air and not enough ventialtion. 

    Possibly needs repotting into fresh compost, or some liquid food. They get a bit poor by this time of year, especially if they're getting lanky. I've just cut all mine back a bit and they'll produce new, fresh growth. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,876
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,876

    I have similar marks on herbs, particularly Oregano and Marjoram.
    So I whipped out my (£10) usb microscope to try and see what may be doing it
    I don't think it's thrips.

    There were a few of these which look dead -

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    Then I noticed quite a few of these tiny bugs which are orange and scuttling around. I suspect they're spider mites

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    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    A great use of the microscope. I will have a look too. 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,876
    Thanks Fire - I don't like the look of dem bugs :)

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Bugs are on everything if you look hard enough. Including ourselves.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,876
    As a kid I could spend ages looking at a drop of pond water through a microscope - till it dried up and they all died :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I just have a little iphone one. Amazing pics though.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    Better off not thinking or looking for microscopic multi-legged creatures......gives me the heebee jeebees.  But if you want. .....prick your finger and look at the blood droplet through the microscope. ...amazing. 
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