Woody Basil Plant: What To Do About A Woody Basil?

The following are some of the things you need to do if your basil plant has turned dark green or grayish-black. If it turns black, then it’s time to get rid of the plant. You may have to cut off part of its stem, which will cause the leaves and flowers to die. But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to enjoy the delicious taste of the basil!

What Should I Do?

If you’re not sure what to do, then here are some suggestions:

1) Remove all the foliage from the top of the plant.

Then wait until it starts growing again before removing any more foliage.

2) Wait for a few days and see if it grows back.

3) Prune away the dead branches.

4) Cut out the bottom of the plant.

That way you won’t have to deal with it anymore when it starts growing again.

5) Re-pot your basil plant and grow it in a pot on the windowsill.

6) Take cuttings from it and start growing more basil plants!

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Woody Basil: What to do about and how to fix basil stems turning black?

The following are some suggestions about what to do if your basil stems are turning black, or if you need help fixing your basil plant and getting rid of woody basil.

You can try to fix the problem yourself by using the following suggestions. If you need further help, then take it to a nursery for an expert opinion.

1) To keep your basil plant alive and stop its stems from turning black, you need to trim the plant and remove the dead portions of it.

2) Carefully prune away any dark green or blackened portions of the basil plant.

3) Cut off the entire stem that is turning black.

Don’t worry, you can still save the plant.

4) Trim the stem and remove all of the dead portions of it.

Then put fresh potting soil around the stem to help support it.

5) Water your basil plant with a weak solution of powdered milk and water.

This will help keep it alive a little longer.

6) You could try using an anti-fungal spray on your basil plant.

It might slow down the rotting process.

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7) You could add some anti-fungal plant food to your potting soil and see if that helps to save the basil plant.

8) You could try some wood hardener on the stem.

It may help strengthen the stem and slow down the rotting process.

9) Using a small saw, cut through the stem at a point below the rotting area.

Then use wire to bridge across the cut stem.

10) You could try a combination of steps 4, 5, 6, and 8 listed above.

Don’t forget to water your basil plant with a weak solution of milk and water at least once a week. Also, remember to let the soil dry out some between waterings. This will help keep the rotting process from getting out of hand.

Be sure to report back here if these suggestions don’t work or if you need more help saving your basil plant!

Do You Have Any Questions About Saving Your Woody Basil?

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Effects of orientation and root position on apical dominance in a tropical woody plant by KA Longman – Annals of Botany, 1968 – academic.oup.com

Keltonia robusta Henry (Hemiptera: Miridae): New distributional records and seasonality of a specialist on woody mints (Lamiaceae) by AG Wheeler – Proceedings of the Entomological Society of …, 2009 – BioOne

Phenolic composition of basil plants is differentially altered by plant nutrient status and inoculation with mycorrhizal fungi by CF Scagel, J Lee – HortScience, 2012 – journals.ashs.org

347 Rooting of Softwood Cuttings from Dormant Woody Stems Forced in a Forcing Solution Containing Silver Thiosulfate and Gibberellic Acid by BT Hamooh, PE Read – HortScience, 2000 – journals.ashs.org

Effect of explants source and different hormonal combinations on direct regeneration of basil plants (Ocimum basilicum L.) by F Asghari, B Hossieni, A Hassani… – Australian Journal of …, 2012 – search.informit.com.au

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