The Q&A Archives: Care of Herbs

Question: My herbs are beginning to look as though they are dying. I was wondering if it might be overcrowding, lack of fertilizer, or pest control.

Answer: Browning at the base and at the tips simultaneously is usually a sign of overwatering and/or overfeeding. Plants tend to balance their water and nutrient needs against the sun they receive, so less sun means less water and less nutrients needed. Since these plants are usually grown in full sunshine, you should try to maximize the amount of light they receive and cut back on the water and fertilizers until they reach a good balance. Clip back the wilting foliage to encourage new growth, adjust the watering, and wait for your herbs to perk up again.

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