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Re: Rain rain, move to where you're needed

It may be that you got some infected seed, since it's the Sweet Basil that disappeared. Even the tested seed isn't 100% safe, I'm told.


----- Original Message ----- From: "MICHAEL HABIB" <>
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Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rain rain, move to where you're needed

Thanks for the info. I have Asian basil and sweet basil in one large pot. The Asian is growing like mad, the sweet already disappeared. I have never had this problem with sweet basil, I also was late planting this year. Usually I plant at beginning April. I might have avoided all this by planting earlier so the basil would have had a good root system before the deluge.
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA
----- Original Message ----- From: "Daryl" <>
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Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rain rain, move to where you're needed

Oooh, you *are lucky. You must have really good drainage in your garden beds.

With regard to the basil- if you lose all of the leaves, check for wilt. It's a fairly new fungus that's taken out a lot of fields here, especially in wet spells.

Here's a bit from NCSU. "A devastating basil wilt disease caused by a soilborne pathogenic fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. basilicum, was first discovered in the U.S. in 1991 and identified in N.C. in 1992. Plants infected with this disease usually grow normally until they are six to twelve inches tall, then they become stunted and suddenly wilt. Initial symptoms usually include brown streaks on the stems, discoloration of the internal stem tissue, and sudden leaf drop. Interestingly, only sweet basil is affected. Some of the specialty basils, such as lemon basil and purple basil, show some resistance to the disease"

I gave up growing Basil because of it. I apparently got some infected seeds and it wrecked the bed that I used for Basil.

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