Dear Sirs, I need help with my basil that I am trying to grow indoors. I planted my seeds on October 15th (country: Serbia, Europe) and after the initial period of quick growth they now seem to have weak stems, only a very few small leaves and they suddenly stopped growing. Please have a look at the pictures on this link: https://imgur.com/a/EP2wG How often should I add water to young basil stems as it grows (in milliliters) ? Sincerely, Maria
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This seems to have been caused by a few factors. The first appears to be a lack of light. These are ready for transplant, and are full sun plants, therefore they will need great deal of light. This is indicated by the stems stretching, and wanting to bend. The next issues will be solved after transplant. The roots will start spreading fast, and need room to stretch out. The next is too much moisture. This is likely caused by remaining enclosed after germination, as well as too moist of a soil.
Transplant these out, and put them in a window that receives light for all, or most of the day. Either that, or put 100 to 200 watts of horticultural grade lighting. Each plant will want about 8 to 10 litres of soil to grow properly.
There is no set amount of water, as each plant will use this at different rates, and the environment can change leaving determining the proper amount in measurement almost impossible. I recommend watering when the top of the soil dries out almost completely. You can check this with your finger. If you can no longer feel moisture halfway up your finger then it is time to water.
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