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Jun 18, 2013 07:31 AM

My basil looks healthy, but...

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

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    1. re: EWSflash

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

      1. re: CindyJ

        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

          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.

        2. re: CindyJ

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

      2. 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. 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.