Basil Plants
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Unknown growth on basil stems

Zone Live in south Florida on the Gulf coast. | Aa.cimino.ac added on July 27, 2015 | Answered

My basil plant has odd growths on the stems and I can't tell if it is a disease or caused by bugs. I don't know if the plant should or can be treated or thrown away. I also don't know if it's safe to eat the leaves, which currently look healthy.

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 28, 2015

It appears to be Spindle Galls, though it is not something I have seen in Basil until now.
I personally would not eat the Basil and would discard the plant as to not spread this to other plants in the garden.

Here is a link that explains this infestation.
http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/A2691.PDF

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