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Can you help me save my basil? Posts: 4
edited April 2020 in Plants
Hello everyone  :) 

I have repotted some store bought basil plants around two months ago, and they've been doing really least until a week ago.
Now a couple of leaves start looking discoloured, while other present brownish spots on them.
Can you please help me identifying what's the problem?
The plant is grown indoor, next to a window where it gets tons of light, and the room gets pretty warm. 
Also, I've just pruned the plants, but prior to that the plants had been a bit bushy and crowded for a couple of weeks...
I must say I made a few times the mistake of watering the plants at midday, and the water felt on the leaves. Can the brown spots be the result of that?


  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    It looks like it could be water damage to me, though obviously if someone recognizes it as a specific disease, then fair enough.

    It's often a good idea to water in the morning before the sun is really on them. Watering in the evening they can sit with wet leaves, though generally make any effort you can not to water from overhead and avoid wetting leaves as much as possible.

    I would cut away any affected leaves and see how the new growth gets on.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    edited April 2020
    The shop bought basil is grown in a terribly cossetted way.
    It's better to just split into small clumps rather than individual seedlings, and pot them into small pots. There's an awful lot of soil there for such small seedlings.
     Leaves do discolour a bit,but just cut them back.  :)

    Basil's very easy from seed though. If you sow into small pots or trays, and then do the same - divide up once they get to a couple of inches in height, and pot as a little clump, they grow very easily. 
    As @philippa smith2 says - they need turning every day on a windowsill. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  •   By the way yes, I never turned them for two months, but I started doing it a couple of weeks ago! I didn't know I was supposed to do it daily though ^^'

    Fairygirl said:
    There's an awful lot of soil there for such small seedlings.

    And I thought it wasn't enough  :D  that means I can plant more! 
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