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Basil pests and problems

Ocimum basilicum

Common Basil problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Basil plants:

Dampening off – seed thinly and wide and guard against humid conditions.

Japanese beetles will do a lot of damage; remove beetles by hand.

Aphids (especially indoors), white fly, slugs, beetles. Spray both sides of leaves for aphids. Try using a sharp mulch to deter slugs. Crushed egg shells and used coffee grounds may also deter slugs/snails.