Ask a Question forum: What's that on my basil?

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Jan 4, 2017 4:33 PM CST
Hi members,

I am new to your forum and am growing indoor in The Netherlands. The last few days something new is growing on the stem of my basil plants. It's round and amber shaped. It seems plant like to me and can be removed with a finger nail. Does anybody recognize this?

Thanks for giving it a try

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Name: Lin
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Jan 4, 2017 4:38 PM CST
It might be scale insects.
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Name: Rick Corey
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Jan 4, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Besides picking them off by hand, you might try spraying with insecticidal soap, or brushing the stems with a soapy rag (then rinsing them with water).

Or just wash down with water, soap and alcohol, like:
1-2% soap or detergent
5% alcohol
>90% water

Name: Elaine
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Jan 4, 2017 5:09 PM CST
That was my first thought too, Lin although I've never seen any scale on my Basil.

If you can remove it with your fingernail, I would definitely do so. Check underneath on the stem where they were, after you remove them to see if they have damaged the stem. If so, probably they were scale of some sort.

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