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What to do? It's weird because in the same exact pot there is other basil that looks good. My other basil looks good too (in the other pots). It can't be because we haven't watered because we have watered just about everyday. Thank you so much to anyone who has advice on what may be going on?
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Pull the plant out of the pot. Look at the roots.

What do they look like?

White and pretty or brown/black and mushy?

IF you have the later, you have overwatered it and your plant has rotted from the roots up.

Ohh and what kinda dirt ya got?
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Okay I pulled the plant out and the roots looked like the later. I guess it was overwatered

What happened was I had watered it that morning and then my husband did later on (not knowing I had already watered in the same day).

The dirt is just plain old potting soil. Is that bad?

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I was wondering the same thing about my herbs. I planted them in potting soil in wine barrels. Seems like I read that herbs like poor soil, but I'm just not sure!
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Plain old potting soil can be too heavy. It helps to use a potting mix with vermiculite and/or perlite.
Is this plant indoors or outdoors? My basil grows huge outside in pots and in the garden. I use a potting mix called "sunshine" and water daily. If you "top" basil, it bushes out.
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You can also try adding some sand to the soil. Herbs can grow in poor soil, but they do like good drainage.
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Thanks everyone!

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