brown basil stems - Knowledgebase Question

Westminster, Ma
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Question by melissasikor
July 30, 2009
I planted a few pots of basil on my deck and they were doing beautifully! Now I notive that while they are still growing, the stems have turned brown and they are not producing nearly as many leaves. Is there hope for my browning basil???

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2009
Brown as in turning into wood is OK. Brown as in looking slimy means too much water, not enough drainage. If it's turning to wood, I would cut it down a bit to encourage more bushy growth, but that's probably a personal preference. I have always thought that as basil got woody the production decreased, so I try to keep them cut enough to prevent them from getting too woody. Pinch your plants back and you'll get lots more leaves.

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