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    Default Silvery marks on basil, mint and lemon balm.

    Well this seems to happen every year. My healthy basil deteriorates with silvery markings on the leaves making them inedible and unsightly. They are almost paper thin. Does anyone know what it is and how to stop it as I have pulled off all the affected leaves.
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    How much and how often do you water them? Also, how many plants in a pot?

    A quick search seems to suggest almost all basil problems stem from either overwatering or poor circulation. I used to never be able to grow this herb that everyone said was so easy to grow. Now, however, I seem to have fair to good success with planting them 1-4 in a pot. Also, I don't water them every day. I normally wait until the leaves start drooping just a little bit and then give them a good soak.

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    Hmm. Have you possibly got pests eating away at the undersides of the leaves? What do they feel like if yu rub the back of the leaves in/between your fingers?
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    It could be thrips Marb?
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    My garden is plagued by &@#£@*&#£% thrips. They are into everything, especially b beans but their markings are tiny holes, nothing like the basil marks. Basil cared for as mentioned in a post above. Supermarket bought planted weeks ago n new compost. Kept in greenhouse next to toms. These look like some kind of leaf minor pest.
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    Was it from the gardening part of the supermarket or the grocery part of the supermarket? Grocery living herb pots tend to be heavily over sown so what looks like a healthy plant is in fact a dozen plants. Did you separate the plants of plant the whole clump?

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    With supermarket basil i find its best to pinch out the tops and grow them on in water until they have roots then pot on in compost. Like Jay says they do pack a lot of plants in those pots and it can be difficult to split them.
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    It does look like a pest though so not sure supermarket bought is the issue.

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