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manisham2390
May 20, 2018 1:22 AM CST
HI I have 3 tulsi plants in a single big rectangular pot. but they aren't bushy, i pruned them, but it didn't work. i put in seeweed fertiliser very month. but the growth is stuck and leaves light green in colour. the plant is not improving its colour and growth. how can i improve it?
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Kevalsha
May 21, 2018 11:28 AM CST
If we are talking about Holy Basil plants they do not need that much fertilizer. And only prune the spent flowers.
Kevalsha
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DaisyI
May 21, 2018 1:43 PM CST
I agree with Kevalsha. Basil doesn't need a lot of fertilizer and container grown basil needs even less. Fertilizer causes them to grow large tasteless leaves and little else. Stop fertilizing.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
May 21, 2018 3:32 PM CST
The symptoms that you describe (no growth, light green leaves) actually sound more like a Nitrogen deficiency rather than excess. More information would be helpful.

A few questions for you:

Can you take a photo of your basil and post it?
What medium/potting mix did you use in the container?
Did it have fertilizer already added to the mix?
Is your "seaweed fertilizer" pure seaweed or does it contain other ingredients? Also, does it have the N-P-K ratio listed on it?

Pure seaweed contains only a small amount of nitrogen. It contains a bit more potassium, though. Excess potassium can block nitrogen absorption. Nitrogen is essential for plant growth & chlorophyll production and plants are unable to directly utilize atmospheric nitrogen.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 21, 2018 4:04 PM CST
Thumbs up Good points Danita.
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