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Q.basil plants keep dying on me

golfergirl added on January 24, 2011 | Answered

I seem to be doing everything right and I keep losing my indoor basil plants? What do you think is the problem?

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Answered on January 24, 2011

Basil can be tricky indoors. The most common reason for failure is simply not enough light. If your basil is leggy before it dies, this is a good sign it is not getting enough light. You can supplement the light with a florescent light placed near (like a few inches) the plant.

Other common reasons for basil dying indoors are fungus (brown spots on the leaves or fuzzy mold will indicate this), pests (small spots - sometimes fuzzy spots) and over and under watering (droopy leaves in both cases).

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