My Basil Leaves Are Curling – Why Do Basil Leaves Curl Under

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Help! My basil leaves are curling and I don’t know what to do! Why do basil leaves curl under? The reason for basil leaves curling up may be environmental, or your plant may be diseased or pestered by pests. Read on to learn more about this frustrating problem. Reasons for Basil Leaves Curling Up Generally, growing basil in the garden is easy and stress free. That being said, problems can and do happen. Basil leaf curl treatment is dependent on the specific factor causing it. Here are the most common stressors leading to curling basil leaves. Sunlight – Basil is definitely a sun-loving plant and exposure to less than six hours of bright light per day may result in distorted foliage or basil leaves small and curled. Relocating the plant to a sunnier location may solve the problem. Water: Too much

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