(Closed) Gardening bees: why are my basils turning yellow..?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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 # 5
2821 posts
Sugar bee

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
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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, Fiance helps with watering. But it’s mostly me. Ahem.

Post # 9
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 11
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 14
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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.

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