By Joseph Robertson

Learning to diagnose plants is the key if you are growing basil, or any other herb. Your indoor plants are going to let you know if something isn't right. The leaves will fall off, turn brown or some other symptom will manifest itself. The are various causes, some that may be corrected and others that can't. When you are trying to work out what is wrong, commence with the simplest solution as a kick off point.

The commonest reason for sick basil is watering, either too much or not enough. If the plant's leaves are starting too look wilted or are drying up, check the soil and if it is dry add a good amount of water to wet the dust and leave it moist once the water has run through.

If you have over watered your basil, ensure the drainage hole is not clogged and if you've got a dish that catches excess water, empty it out to make space for more water to drain out of the pot.

If the perimeters of the leaves are turning brown and are starting to look dried out it is from too much warmth. In this situation it's best to get rid of the plant from direct sunlight, adjust the temperature within the home if possible. These symptoms can also show up if there isn't really enough humidity in the house. As a quick solution you can put a tiny dish of water near the basil and as it evaporates the plant will soak it up.

When a plant looses its leaves it could be because the roots were damages from over watering, the plant isn't getting enough water to support the quantity of foliage, or it is too hot. Evaluate the plant's environment to begin nursing it back to full health and giving it what it must get better. These are some general key points that need to be kept in mind when growing basil. If you need additional info you ask the professionals at your local gardening center.

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