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How do you keep an indoor basil plant alive?
Like a box of instant cake mix, basil plants just need water. Keep the soil of your basil plants slightly moist at all times. Depending on how much sun your basil gets, you might need to water your basil plant every 1-2 days. But make sure that the pot has good drainage, because soggy soil can lead to rotting roots.
How do I know if my basil is dying?
Overwatered Basil will initially develop paler, yellowing leaves, that often start from the lower leaves upwards. Wilting of the leaves soon follows and you may notice an offensive smell from the soil. The soil will be soggy, and if you remove the plant from the pot, the roots will be mushy and brown or black in color.
What does pinching basil mean?
Pinching the central stem of each plant back. by half encourages branching and abundant leafy growth. Basil plants initially grow one central stem. Once they are reach 6-8 inches tall, pinch the central stem back by half and about ¼ inch above the leaf axils. This will force the plants to branch and grow more leaves.
Is basil toxic to cats?
Basil is one of the most widely grown herbs safe for cats. As any cat owner knows, they love to chew on whatever they can get their teeth on, and basil is a chewy leaf that is good for them.
Do basil plants keep growing?
Also known as common or sweet basil, basil (U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 11 for outdoor gardens) is a true annual, which means it needs to be replanted each season. In most circumstances, it does not grow back after a year.
Why are my Basil leaves curling?
Why are my basil leaves curling? Basil leaves curl in response to environmental stressors such as imbalanced watering, poor soil, improper lighting, and temperature fluctuations which shock and distort its growth. Fungal disease and sap-sucking pests like thrips and aphids also weaken and warp the foliage structure.
Do basil plants like to sit in water?
Watering Established Basil Plants
The top should feel cool and dry, while the bottom should be cool and moderately damp. In the ground, this is a bit harder to determine but the plant needs deep watering at least once per week in full sun situations where the soil drains well.
Why is my basil plant not dark green?
The most common reason your basil will turn light green is due to overwatering the plant. This causes the roots of basil to drown and develop rot. The infected roots are unable to provide sufficient moisture and nutrients to the plant which causes the leaves to turn lighter in color.