Hello friends! I am coming to you with a problem that I often have to struggle with. I bought basil like 3 x and every time it withered. I don't know if I am doing something wrong or what? I will tell you how I take care of it. - it is placed on a windowstill in a kitchen with other herbs (they all are in good condition except basil) - I water it every day with water (it is not fresh, I water it always with 2-3 days water) - it is in neutral soil in a pot Could you tell me what do I do wrong?
Post by lilolpeapicker on Oct 13, 2018 8:18:14 GMT -5
First welcome. Secondly, where do you live, regionally not specifically. Do you know what zone you are in? How much sun does that window get? Basil needs 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. It is tough to keep it going because of it. Myself, I would water 2-3 days apart and you could try using a kelp(seaweed) solution, mixed ahead of time and add it as directed on the container. Do you water with fish emulsion for nitrogen?
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
Post by desertwoman on Oct 13, 2018 9:50:52 GMT -5
How big is the pot of basil? What other herbs are on the windowsill?
Basil is an annual, many other herbs are perennial. Basil likes to be kept warm. Perennials/biennials like it cooler. If that windowsill gets cold at night, that could be part of the problem. Basil loves heat and easily suffers from cold exposure.
Also, I'm thinking it's overwatered. Herbs like to have the soil dry out some between waterings. Excess moisture prevents roots from getting oxygen they need.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005