Basil Plants

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Zone 33770 (and half the time in 19971) | Beachgolf2 added on December 17, 2017 | Answered

Growing basil. I seem to slowly kill my basil plants. The leaves wilt, turn brown, dry up and fall off. Am I overwatering it, not enough water, enough sun, not enough sun. I’m growing it in a clay pot, And I’ve had the same problem in the ground.

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    Answered on December 18, 2017

    The most likely culprit would be overwatering. In container, these tend to like a few days of completely dry soil in between waterings.

    The next likely solution is that the soil is the problem. If you are certain that it is receiving the correct amount of watering, then your soil may, either, be contaminated or too thick to drain properly.

    You can add a little wettable sulfur, and dolomitic lime to the soil to help keep it conditioned in the container.

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