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May 5, 2020 9:11 AM CST

I don't know why, but individual parts of my boxwood basil seem to be dying off. I have 3 planted near each other. 1 is doing well and 2 others are not. What could be causing this?
Very new to gardening. I was told this was easy to care for but I'm already messing it up...
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May 5, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Name: Kat
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Need a location, but the boxwood basil is probably one of the Lesbos basils. Here in South Texas we get Downy mildew at the drop of a sprinkle. The only way I can raise it is to plant it 1/2" above the surrounding soil, and allow it to dry out between waterings. You also need to start harvesting it more-it doesn't get very tall or large, Welcome! to the forum and site. Basils have long taproots- they need their toes to stick deep down in their pot. I would probably have used a soil that had less shredded wood, and they love heat, but afternoon shade. Is this indoors? where are you located?
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May 15, 2020 1:26 PM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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You're over watering the little plants and cutting off the oxygen in the ground. The plants that are bigger are getting just a little more oxygen. You planted your plants too deep in the soil and added mulch which will hold too much moisture. If you keep the soil wet, and not allow it to have dry periods, your plants will suffer and die. If you look at Mother Nature, she doesn't rain everyday, she has wonderful dry periods in between the rains. .
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