Basil Plants

My Basil Is Turning Yellow


Ibrahim Hamoda added on September 20, 2016 | Answered

I have a basil plant, and it's planted in a pot. I have almost tried everything except fertilizing it. I tried to give it a lot of water and I tried less water, and it keeps getting yellow, then falls off. What should I do?


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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on September 21, 2016

It looks like your basil plant has grown very large for the pot it's in and needs some pruning. Basil leaves can turn yellow when they get old, which happens when the plants aren't trimmed very often. To improve the plant's health, you could trim them back as explained in this article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/basil/pruning-back-basil-plants.htm

And you can use the leaves that you prune off in cooking. After pruning, give the plant less water than usual, since it will have fewer leaves to use the water. Make sure the soil gets almost dry before you water again.

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