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Marcelisa
May 27, 2020 5:43 PM CST
I'm so sad to see the basil plant I've been tending to for three weeks slowly turning yellow; there's slight shriveling/curling also. Is this Downey Mildew? There's a large citrus tree nearby whose leaves are also curling. Same disease? Can it infect my other herbs? Anything I can do to save my basil? Thank you.

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gardenfish
May 28, 2020 1:25 AM CST
Doesn't appear to be mildew, I'm not sure.
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oneeyeluke
May 28, 2020 3:09 AM CST
You have to let the soil dry well between waterings with basil. It doesn't like to stay wet everyday. You need to allow dry time between waterings to have oxygen in the roots. In the photo can you see the soil in this pot of basil its dry looking. Wet to dry cycles for basil or they will wilt and turn yellow.
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Marcelisa
May 29, 2020 12:22 AM CST
Thank you! I'll let the soil dry out before watering. I hope that's all it is.

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