Every time I plant basil it dies within a week, what am I doing wrong?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2017
    How ofter did you water the plant?

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    • Henry Ford Cook Henry Ford Cook on May 26, 2017
      Alaska liquid fish fertilizer is good to use, water soluble, sold at Lowes, won't burn you plants and also check and make sure your soil pH is not way out of whack. While Basil is somewhat forgiving about soil pH (acidity and alkalinity) and will tolerate a range of about 5.5 to 8, if your pH is a lot higher or lower it will cause your leaves to yellow and die. A local nursery professional or university extension agent can help you determine if the soil conditions are right for your plant or you can purchase pH test kits and DIY

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2017
    Basil should be moist at all times. Fertilizer should not be used until after a few weeks of established growing. Use only a water soluble food ,which takes care of the watering for the day.

  • Richardstarling Richardstarling on May 26, 2017
    I use a Black Velvet compost from the bag, and half teaspoon of liquid fertilizer to a gallon of water once a week. Also keep an eye open for pests they love basil plants.

  • Were they getting enough sun? Could also be the fertilizer burning the tender young roots. Try not to discouraged, this happens to everyone at some point in time. Could it be they were not in a big enough pot?

  • Monika Smith Monika Smith on May 26, 2017
    Thx everyone for the info!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 26, 2017
    Basil should not be dry it should be moist all the time.Fertilizer should not be used until the plant is established.