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My basil looks healthy, but...

CindyJ Jun 18, 2013 07:31 AM

...but the top leaves look somewhat "mottled." There are splotches that are greenish-yellow, and I have no idea what might be causing that. The leaves are firm and not insect-eaten, but the color is off. Does anyone know what might be causing this? Thanks!

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  1. EWSflash RE: CindyJ Jun 25, 2013 07:01 PM

    Fertilize regularly, maybe with some iron and micronutrients, and see if it improves. That's my guess, FWIW

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      CindyJ RE: EWSflash Jun 27, 2013 06:39 AM

      I was wondering if it might have something to do with all the rain we've been having lately.

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        pinehurst RE: CindyJ Jun 27, 2013 07:13 AM

        Cindy I didn't look to see where you are, but if you're East Coast, it might be the rain.

        EWS' suggestion is also good. I like dried blood or other nitrogen heavy fertilizer for greening things up, applied really sparingly.

        1. re: pinehurst
          CindyJ RE: pinehurst Jun 28, 2013 09:26 AM

          Yes, I'm in southeastern PA where afternoon thunderstorms have become an everyday occurrence. I snipped quite a bit of it last weekend and the new growth looks a little healthier.

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          tcamp RE: CindyJ Jun 28, 2013 09:31 AM

          Yes, chances are it is the rain. My basil is feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the rain.

      2. junescook RE: CindyJ Jun 29, 2013 07:16 PM

        One simple cause of yellow leaves on basil is overwatering which doesn't allow the plant to absorb enough nutrition in its normal uptake cycle. That's too much rain if you're like us in CT.

        1. Shrinkrap RE: CindyJ Jul 7, 2013 01:25 PM

          In the ground or in a pot? Much more likely it will work things out if appropriately fertilized in the right climate and in the ground.

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