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#1 User is offline   Claw406 

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 02:06 PM

Hi,

Can anyone advise what is wrong with my sweet basil? I grew these from seeds and it has been almost 3 months at least yet they are still tiny and petite.
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They are placed on my kitchen counter by the windows and there is morning sun daily.
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Posted 05 February 2016 - 03:19 PM

View PostClaw406, on 05 February 2016 - 02:06 PM, said:

Hi,

Can anyone advise what is wrong with my sweet basil? I grew these from seeds and it has been almost 3 months at least yet they are still tiny and petite.
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They are placed on my kitchen counter by the windows and there is morning sun daily.


I would say it's either lack of sunlight or lack of fert. But i would try fixing the first assumption first.
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Posted 05 February 2016 - 07:00 PM

over crowded
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Posted 05 February 2016 - 10:16 PM

View Postdigitalgate, on 05 February 2016 - 07:00 PM, said:

over crowded



Need to remove some ?
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 07:24 AM

One pot ,just one or two plant.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 08:41 AM

Are both pots using vermiculite as a form of soil? Vermiculite is the shiny, shimmering soil that usually comes with starter pots. Good for seed germination, not good for plants when they've grown up.

And separate the plants as DG has suggested. If the leaves are still pale and yellow, try adding a little fertiliser and see if it rectifies the problem. I assume finding a spot with more sunlight will be more difficult, so you can try fertilisers first. Don't put a lot of fertiliser hor, otherwise your basil will kenna leaf burn. Less is safer.
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 04:12 PM

View Postlazearus, on 06 February 2016 - 08:41 AM, said:

Are both pots using vermiculite as a form of soil? Vermiculite is the shiny, shimmering soil that usually comes with starter pots. Good for seed germination, not good for plants when they've grown up.

And separate the plants as DG has suggested. If the leaves are still pale and yellow, try adding a little fertiliser and see if it rectifies the problem. I assume finding a spot with more sunlight will be more difficult, so you can try fertilisers first. Don't put a lot of fertiliser hor, otherwise your basil will kenna leaf burn. Less is safer.


The green pot is using soil that came with the kit, I guess it's vermiculite since it has the shimmery stuff in it. The white pot is using regular potting soil.

Each individual stem seems v skinny, I'm afraid they will all die if I change the soil now. Is it ok to pick them out n put in regular potting soil?

View Postdigitalgate, on 06 February 2016 - 07:24 AM, said:

One pot ,just one or two plant.


Oh dear, seems like I have too many plants in one pot then. 😨
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 08:43 PM

View PostClaw406, on 07 February 2016 - 04:12 PM, said:

The green pot is using soil that came with the kit, I guess it's vermiculite since it has the shimmery stuff in it. The white pot is using regular potting soil.

Each individual stem seems v skinny, I'm afraid they will all die if I change the soil now. Is it ok to pick them out n put in regular potting soil?



Oh dear, seems like I have too many plants in one pot then. 😨



Yah, a few may die during the repotting. You repot half of one pot first to play safe? Keep the roots wet at all times during the repotting to minimise transplant shock.
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Posted 08 February 2016 - 12:51 PM

View PostClaw406, on 05 February 2016 - 02:06 PM, said:

Hi,

Can anyone advise what is wrong with my sweet basil? I grew these from seeds and it has been almost 3 months at least yet they are still tiny and petite.
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They are placed on my kitchen counter by the windows and there is morning sun daily.


Too wet and too crowded.
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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:15 PM

Ok I had the same issue. Morning sun is not enough. I moved it to full sun exposure and trim back the flowers and it grows furiously in days. I didn't even add fertilizers.

This post has been edited by Kokpk88: 18 August 2016 - 05:17 PM

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