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landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9387508

My Basil was brought indoors for the winter and they have these brown things on the stem now. I have 3 plants and this is the only one that has them. Should I be concerned and any idea what they are?

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9387532

Looks like either scale or aphids- the photo is too fuzzy to tell. Either way, it needs attention! Check the other plants- chances are they are affected too.
landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9387574

Thanks. I had to crop the image to get it to upload. Here is another one.

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9387614

I still can't tell, but if the plant is small enough try wrapping a plastic bag around the pot of soil, and dip the whole foliage in some soapy water. Basil is tender and you will probably break it- if it were me I would take some tip cuttings that I was sure was clean, and destroy the rest of the plant. Unless it has special value to you, seeds are very easy to start.
landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9387650

Ok. Those brown things are just attached to the stem of the plant and have a firm texture. I can snip one in half with my finger nail, but nothing comes out of it. I am stumped.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2013
6:38 PM

Post #9387675

Google "scale on plants" and see if anything looks familiar.
landsmil01

(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2013
7:45 PM

Post #9387742

It's scale. Here is what I found... Apply One or More of These Remedies

1. Prune infected branches and make sure to destroy the removed branches.
2. Apply beneficial insect predators, such as parasitic wasps or ladybugs.
3. Spray the plants with mild soap and water.
Mix 2.0 tsp. mild liquid soap (9.8 ml) with 1.0 gallon (3.79 l) of room-temperature water.
Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle or sprayer that attaches to your hose.
Spray the mixture to thoroughly coat the stems and both sides of the leaves.
Thoroughly rinse off the mixture from leaves and stems using room-temperature water.
4. Spray with a horticultural oil, such as neem oil; a horticultural oil is safe for other insects and plants.
5. Scrub the scales off using a soft brush and mild soap using the same mixture as above for spraying.

JoParrot thank you for your help. I decided to just get rid of the plant and like you said they are easy to grow as I grew mine from seed last year.
DG is the best!
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2013
10:02 PM

Post #9387814

You're welcome- and I agree with you about DG- I have learned so much, and sometimes I am able to share my experiences and help others. We never know it all!

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