Herbs forum: Herbs seem to be dying?

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Nov 14, 2017 6:07 AM CST
Hi, I recently bought a few potted herbs but they seem to be dying/not as healthy as they should be..

Attached are some photos. Their leaves/base of the stem seem to be turning black/brown. What do you think I should do to save them? Thanks!

I am growing them indoors, in the balcony right beside the windows where they get a lot of sunlight. I water them in the morning and late evening.

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Name: Kristi
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Nov 15, 2017 8:14 PM CST
Hi & Welcome!

Your herbs are definitely getting far too much moisture. When kept indoors and in containers they do not dry out as quickly and the browning of the lower leaves indicate too much moisture.

I would let them dry out and when you can not feel moisture in the soil to the depth of your first knuckle it is then time to water but just enough to run out the bottom of the container.

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Name: Lee-Roy
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Nov 16, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Like pod said, they're getting waaaay too much water. Most herbs - like thyme, rosemary, lavender - need full blazing sun and excellent drainage to the point of borderline being dusty soil. Exceptions to these rules, who need a more water, are basil, mint, chervil...
The leaves will tell you: if they're small, tough, compact, grey and/or hairy --> sun, heat and dry. Large, green, not hairy and thin --> cope with less sun and more water
Name: Linda
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Nov 17, 2017 9:02 PM CST
I agree with the too much water theory. Let them dry before watering. Most herbs are of Mediterranean descent, where they grown in rocky (i.e. well-draining) soil and warm temps.

I also am concerned about your first photo with the rosemary. Looks like some little white spots on that plant--either aphids or whiteflies? Might rinse those leaves under a stream of water (without letting the soil get wet--put some plastic or foil over the soil and just rinse the leaves).
Name: Janine
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Jan 28, 2018 4:45 PM CST
They should be watered more thoroughly, less often, and not allowed to sit in water. I'm assuming all the pots have drain holes. To me the white spots on Rosemary look like glare on water droplets, but it absolutely doesn't hurt to check for bugs!

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