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Jun 3, 2018 1:08 PM CST
Mequon, WI
Does anyone know what that is? Scales, root rot?
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Basil plant growing in Aerogarden.
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Jun 3, 2018 1:28 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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Can you please show a picture of the entire plant? That helps 😀

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Jun 3, 2018 2:02 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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I wonder if it might be some type of scale insects? Another photo with the cardboard collar removed might help in identifying the issue.
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Jun 3, 2018 7:03 PM CST
Mequon, WI
Plant, dark stem too
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One of the branches I cut off that had these growths:


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Jun 3, 2018 7:10 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Sure looks like scale insects!
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Jun 3, 2018 7:41 PM CST
Name: Danita
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The photos are not quite in focus so I won't swear to anything, but this image, below, just looks like root primordia. Basically, they are baby adventitious root nubs.
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Most gardeners are probably familiar with seeing root primordia on tomato stems but most other plants, like basil, can also develop it. If the environment of the Aerogarden has really high humidity, that could be tricking the plant into thinking that it should develop roots there.

The combined symptoms of root primordia, browning lower stems, and cell rupture at the base of the stem makes me think that your plant may be absorbing way more water than it can tolerate. The humid conditions and split stem also make a perfect environment for microbial pathogens to take hold. Keep an eye on the browning and watch to see if it starts spreading up the stem.

Can you lift up the little grow basket and see what the roots look like and take a photo?
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Jun 3, 2018 9:31 PM CST
Mequon, WI
I cannot bring the basket up, the roots won't allow it to be pulled up, but they appear all white.
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Jun 4, 2018 4:33 AM CST
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I was thinking roots too. How big is the pot, it looks rather small but that may be an illusion, and do the instructions suggest leaving that cardboard (?) disc on top?
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Jun 4, 2018 9:04 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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@Danita and @sooby Thumbs up Thumbs up Good eye, I really thought I was seeing scale insects and never even thought about the possibility of roots forming.
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Jun 4, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Mequon, WI
It is in a 9 pod Aerogarden, I think others in my household were putting too much water in it versus waiting for the message to refill. So will this plant survive or should I expect It to die?
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Jun 4, 2018 9:04 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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Try planting it in dirt up to the roots end. That's just my opinion. Do the test for water using your finger to assess wetness so you're not overwatering it or under watering it.

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