Forum home Fruit & veg

Tomatoes and basil

Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

I put two very healthy and vigorous basil plants in with two tomato plants in a very large pot.

The tomatos are doing great but the basil have shrivelled and lost their nice green colour - they are now pale whiteish green.

I am wondering if I should have put them in with tomatoes.

They are not waterlogged, it's a good, deep and free draining pot in full sun.

What have I done wrong?

Posts

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I feed the tomatoes once a week with tomato food so the basil gets it too.

  • RainbowfishRainbowfish Posts: 276

    It might be too sunny for the basil? I know mine has got sunburn on sunny windowsils. It goes really pale and hardly grows any bigger.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,849

    Basil needs to be treated more like soft leaved herbs, such as mint and parsley. It needs quite a bit of water and enjoys a liquid feed, likes a bit of shade but not hot sun.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    Did you harden off the basil before planting it?  Basil is very sensitive to temperature change and leaves turning white is the usual sign of this.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Yes it was properly hardened off but I had no idea it didn't like full hot sun, I assumed it would thrive in it.

    Thank you, I'll take it out of the pot and put it somewhere out of the heat image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,762

    Hi Lou. That is a good idea as the two plants require different feeds. Basil needs a fertiliser high in nitrates to promote strong, healthy leaf growth and the tomatoes need a high potash feed to produce lots of flowers and fruit.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I see, I should have thought of that really. Instead I was thinking one pot pesto image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    I know what you mean Lou - when asked what I grow, the answer is 'ratatouille'! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,762

    Ha ha don't tell me you've got a pine tree, an olive tree and garlic in that famous pot too image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Not quite Ladybird4 image

Sign In or Register to comment.