Basil disease?


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Hello,

Obviously, a few days ago my basil plants were attacked by some munching insects, so the leaves have holes in them. However, the top leaves are noticeably swollen (picture). I tried to look it up on the internet but found no luck. Is this some kind of diseases or pest-caused problems? Also, I have been growing it for months but it hasnt flowered yet...

Your help is much appreciated!
 

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Welcome to the forums :)

Looks like a virus, probably caused by the insect attack :(
 
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I have found that 3 things will cause the distorted leaves. Insects, too much fertilizer and too cool temperatures.
 
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I have found that 3 things will cause the distorted leaves. Insects, too much fertilizer and too cool temperatures.

I put these in a pot with soil and scrap vegetables. They were growing well since then. Plus its still warm where I live, so I guess it is the insects. Thank you very much ;)
Welcome to the forums :)

Looks like a virus, probably caused by the insect attack :(

Thanks for the warm welcome :) I will try to pinch these leaves out to see what happen.
 
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jolyblue, you don't want your basil to flower. Flowering changes the taste, and the plant thinks it has done its reproductive thing and can die off. I pinch out the very first sign of flowering (the incipient flowers look like tiny green pine cones) and prolong the usefulness of the basil.
 
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jolyblue, you don't want your basil to flower. Flowering changes the taste, and the plant thinks it has done its reproductive thing and can die off. I pinch out the very first sign of flowering (the incipient flowers look like tiny green pine cones) and prolong the usefulness of the basil.
I very much love the foverer-coming basil leaves :p Yet, I havent seen basil flowers and also want to save some seeds. So I have been thinking about leaving them to flower :)
 
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