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Q: My basil is turning yellow!

Jun 16, 2009 -

I’m new to gardening and tried planting basil in a wooden pot. It flourished at first but now the leaves are turning yellow. It’s been growing about one month. Do I need to add some type of plant food?


greg Says:
Jun 16th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Yellow leaves can be symptomatic of two things. One lack of nitrogen use a low nitrogen fertilizer like a 5-5-5 type.  Secondly you might be overwatering.  If you have good drainage it is pretty tough to overwater a container plant. Every couple of days in 70 degree weather everyday in hot weather.  Good luck

dina Says:
May 8th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I used miracle grow for plants and vegetables and water it everyday. How do you know if you have good drainage and if you don’t, how do you fix that?  My basil is doing the same thing.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 13th, 2013 at 11:32 am

dina, The soil in your containers should never feel saturated and you probably do not want to water until it appears to be dry on the crust of the soil.  If you do not have decent drainage you can add various items to your soil, but not now that the plants are already in the beds.  You will need to cut down on the addition of water if drainage is an issue now.  You can look into using perlite next year to lighten your soil if necessary.

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