Basil Plants
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Why is my basil turning brown?

Zone Winter Springs, Florida | Giarrussoamy added on August 4, 2019 | Answered

I live in Florida and planted my first basil plant about 2 months ago. Initially, it flourished and was beautiful, however it has begun to take a turn for the worse. The leaves are turning yellow and have brown spots, and now I’m noticing the root is brown at the bottom. I can’t tell if this is root rot or some other issue that I am unfamiliar with!

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BushDoctor
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Answered on August 5, 2019

Yes, this is definitely a case of rot. Normally, this is caused by soils that do not have a chance to dry out between waterings, and remaining wet for too long.

You can treat with a fungicide, but these plants will be faster to recover if you treat the soil with a fungicide, then replant with fresh plants. It is faster to grow these from fresh starts than it is to help a sick one recover.

This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

This article will give you more information on growing basil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/basil/how-to-grow-basil-plants.htm

And this one will give you information on correct watering habits: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/basil/basil-watering-tips.htm

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