Post # 1
Bees, I am not green-thumbed by any stretch of the imagination. Once I killed a cactus. Actually..maybe that happened more than once…
Lately I’ve been on a veggie gardening kick, which was going quite well until I replanted out my seedlings in a box that wasn’t secure, and my stupid bunnies ate them all. Sad face.
Luckily when I did the replanting, I shifted some little basils that I had grown from seed to a different pot, and they were saved from the bunnies. I germinated them in a mini green house and they were doing ok, but now that I’ve moved them the leaves are starting to turn a yellow-green and they look a bit jaundiced.
Is there something obvious that I could be doing wrong?
Too much sun? Not enough sun? (They’re in full sun)
Too much water? Not enough water? (I try to keep the soil moist, but not wet)
Too cold? Too hot? (They’re on the kitchen windowsill in a Sydney winter, so probably a nice mild temp)
Should I just give up, feed them to the bunnies and be done with it?
Post # 3
Could be because there’s too much water.
But don’t worry, basil survives anything!! I have a plant that we thought was dead for sure at least twice, and leaves grew again.
Yay for basil!
Post # 4
Oh no! I already killed one basil this year!! Killed. it. DEAD.
I’m pretty sure it was because of a very hungry catepillar though….
Post # 5
Hmmm, you might to add a little feed to it if it’s an indoor plant, that’s most likely the problem is not enough nutrients in the soil.
If you have enough drainage in your pot it would be hard to over water basil, especially the way you’re doing it, so you might want to try giving them a nice drink, and then wait until the soil feels a bit dry and then another big drink, instead of just a little bit of water at a time, basil likes water.
Post # 6
Did you give them time to adjust to their new environment? When you move plants from one place to another (for example, from an inside window to outside in full sun), it takes some time for them to acclimate. It sounds like your plants just need a little time to get used to their new place. 🙂
Post # 7
There is a virus going around that kills basil. I heard about it on NPR. Search “NPR basil story” and you should find it.
Post # 8
I agree with Minutiae. How long ago did you move it? It might just still be in shock– I’ve noticed it takes my plants about three weeks or sometimes even longer to acclimate after moving them.
And don’t worry! I, too, have been a black thumb for many, many years– but I’m very proud that I am currently keeping over 30 pumpkin vines and 18 strawberry plants alive and well and thriving all by myself right now 🙂
Well, okay, FI helps with watering. But it’s mostly me. Ahem.
Post # 9
I would also make sure you are watering the basil with room temperature (tepid) water because cold water can shock the roots and make it harder for them to adjust to an outdoor environment
Post # 10
I think it’s got to be a combination of over-watering (black thumb paranoia) and acclimatisation. I left them outside in their new pots for a few days before I brought them in, so maybe it’s the temp change and the new soil etc..I won’t even tell you what happened to my sweet peas…
Thanks for the advice bees, at least I can always buy it from the supermarket!!! heheheh
Post # 11
I should warn you I’m not a basil expert but I’m on my fourth plant (one died while on vacation last year, one got Basil lice which are aparently easy to get rid of but I didn’t know at the time and threw it out and one got thrown out when we moved). I had some yellow leaves when moving my plant from inside the window to out on the balcony too and they eventually turned greened or died. It was odd, half the plant died and the other half is THRIVING! I assume the pot was too small for the whole plant and it was a survival of the fittest so maybe you are also having some overcrowded basil.
On a related note, has anyone ever had a basil plant with white flowers? This is the first time I have one growing on the balcony as oposed to inside and this giant stalk of flowers has grown out of the top. They are tiny and white. Anyone know what this is? Is it normal?
Post # 12
Yeah part of the reason I re-potted was because they were getting overcrowded in the little seedling pots. I think I have angered the plants…
Earlier this year though, I did have a basil with white flowers. Well, white/purple flowers. It grew this crazy long stalk and budded. Then all the leaves got eaten by a catepillar, and then when I pulled it out to try and salvage it, I got bored and forgot that I’d left it on a low table… and then… the bunnies got to it and ate what was left of the stalks.
At any rate, it did flower. I think it’s a bit like when parsley etc go to seed. If you leave the flowers you can get some seeds later in the season, but it makes the rest of the plant go a bit tough. If you keep trimming back the flowers, you encourage new growth and get a nice bushy plant. So says ellie..who is obviously an extremely skilled gardener…
Post # 13
Like @Steak, I thought about the Basil fungus story that was on NPR this week when I read your post, too. The expert they had on said that the top of the leaves will start to yellow if your plants catch it.
Post # 14
You have to pinch basil plants back so they don’t flower. Technically, I read that after they flower the flavor’s not that good anymore, BUT I kept using my basil plants after they’d flowered (I just pinched off the flowers) and it was fine. maybe less good, but fine.
Post # 15
Can I just say, I love NPR.. I listen to podcasts in Australia 🙂 The Splendid Table anyone?
I wonder if the basil fungus is in Aust as well? I wouldn’t be surprised, but I don’t think that’s why mine have got because there are no markings or spores on the leaves.