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Apr 11, 2020 11:49 AM CST
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Name: Heather
Southeast Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Hello! I am new to herb gardening Hurray! I have always been very successful with house plants, though. My mom has an incredible ability to murder anything green Thumbs down and I have always found ways to bring them back to life Angel . I have now shifted my focus to growing herbs as I am constantly try to buy fresh bundles from the grocery store and they are always wilted, non organic, and just overall not impressive. I have had some beautiful and Healthy herb plants on order since before this covid nightmare with an organic heirloom gardening community near me but they are not available until they open in early May. Since the covid apocalypse I noticed on facebook marketplace that someone right down the road was selling vegetable and herb plants. So, we geared up in our PPE and did a healthy no contact pick up of some new beebs. I figured, what the heck, I might as well get started with these cheaper varieties so I have some practice before my precious organic babies arrive in May.

The only problem with me and plants is that they become a mission of love! I get determined to do whatever to make them happy and healthy. Of the 4 varieties I obtained (I will post an inquiry about those also), 1 is what they called "Purple Fringe Basil" but it appears to be a little sickly to me. One leaf is dark and dying which is clear in the close up. I am going to be potting it in the next couple days but prior I thought I would see if any of you green thumbs could advise me on what may be wrong with this and how I can save it and help it flourish! Also, if you could verify that purple fringe is its actual name and not just something this family made up. Google wasn't turning up much species specific info is why I ask.

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Apr 14, 2020 3:37 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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So sorry no one has posted an answer to your dilemma. I don't have one either but wanted to say growing herbs is very rewarding &tasty and good luck .
Have you re-potted the purple plant? It does look like a basil but there are a few different purple ones .
Basil along with most herbs love sun and warm temps
..a balanced life is worth pursuit.
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Apr 17, 2020 9:50 AM CST

Basil is a warm/hot climate loving herb. People always try and grow basil too early. I would say this applies in your case. It does not grow well inside and looking at your photo it is in way to big a pot.It also looks spindly this can be caused by the environment its in. Not sure what you mean when you say you are going to pot it in a few days. I could be guessing, but I would say it has been exposed to cold conditions or change of temperature perhaps combined with a too moist growing medium. This basil being a cultivar is also more susceptible. I would suggest wait for warmer weather buy some recognised seeds & if you can direct sow into their permanent garden bed outside minimum 6 hours sunlight.

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Apr 19, 2020 12:24 AM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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Purple Ruffles, O. basilicum, a variation of Purple Opal. Or Dark Opal.
Basils need a place for a deep tap root, like water, don't want their toes wet. Need heat. Need the soil warm type of heat, not too much humidity, subject to Downy Mildew where I am - especially with the larger leaves. Keeping those leaves plucked off as they get large helps.
This is my African Blue basil. It is doing OK since the roots are deep and temps haven't gotten below 40* since March. But I am zone 9, and cannot keep but a few basils living past the next rain
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There are 150 different edible basils. If they have basilicum in their name, they can be used for culinary purposes. Your basil needs outdoors as soon as temps avg 50* at night steadily
So many roads to take, choices to make, and laughs to share!
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