Ask a Question forum: Is purple underleaves a bad sign?

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Montana (MT)
Nov 19, 2017 2:00 PM CST
I have several herbs 3 weeks old growing in an Aerogarden Bounty (hydroponic) setup.
Most of my herbs are doing well, but concerned about my thai basil and thyme. The back of all the Thyme's leaves are purple. I've never grown thyme but in looking at pictures, it doesn't look like that's normal and maybe its a nutrient deficiency perhaps? Doesn't appear to be mildew but i could be wrong. Same with the thai basil (pics attached).

I dont see any other problem signs though ; there is new growth, no wilting , leaf curling, etc . Any ideas whats happening? I have somewhat hard water but i cant think of anything else notable about my setup.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Nov 19, 2017 2:12 PM CST

Your plants look really healthy. Those purple backed leaves are a sign they are getting enough light. Relax and enjoy your indoor garden.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Montana (MT)
Nov 19, 2017 2:32 PM CST
Great, thanks for the reassurance and very quick reply! 😊

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