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Basil leaves turning brown after excessive rain

Zone India | wittyameta added on July 17, 2018 | Answered

We have had excessive rains for past few days. My basil plant leaves are turning brown and dropping. Weather forecast says that there won't be sunlight for a week. Is it a good idea to repot in a dry pot?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on July 17, 2018

It can be a good idea. Or at least make sure that the container has plenty of drainages holes. It would not want to be completely dry, but it would also not want to be completely saturated.

You may have to bring it inside on days that it is supposed to rain without stopping, but usually this will keep fresh water moving through the container as long as it has good drainage. A plant should never be left to sit in water, so if there are no holes, then stagnant water will certainly cause an infection.

You can try using peroxide at a ratio of 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water, or 1/4 of the water/peroxide mix should be peroxide. This can help to clean it up some, but sometimes it is easier to start fresh with a new plant, since they grow VERY fast.

This article will give you more information on the care of basil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/basil/how-to-grow-basil-plants.htm

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