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May 25, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
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My Basil is turning brown in spots; I don't know if it's getting too much sun, not enough sun, too much water, not enough water. I planted it in Miracle-Gro soil. Last year my basil didn't do well, so I bought new soil for the planter. Any ideas?
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May 25, 2018 9:28 PM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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As it looks like it is only affecting the new tender growth, I would suspect the sun is doing the damage. Perhaps you could provide morning sun/afternoon shade to see if that will provide some relief.

In the south, I find these large leaf basils are more prone to this type of damage.

You can also remove the damaged foliage if you wish. The pruning won't hurt it at all.

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May 28, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Name: Stephen
Bronx NY (Zone 7a)
Thanks, I'll give it a try and keep you posted
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Jul 2, 2018 1:07 AM CST
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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PS, Miracle Gro soil has a reputation of treating plants that way- mine simply burned off and died. Look around for a different potting soil for that tender a basil, or go with a soilless mixture, morning sun and evening shade...
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