Basil leaves going black

June 12, 2008

We bought a bunch of basil at our local farmers' market and it just so happened to still have a great root system so I potted up into a suitable size container with a soiless mixture. It took a few days but started looking good and now we've noticed that the leaves are starting to turn black along an edge and then it spreads and dries out. New leaves are automatically starting to go black too. I've been picking them off and I'm thinking of pinching the plant back by about half. What could be causing this and would pinching it back be fine? I don't want to put it outside yet because the weather has been too eratic, high winds for the past three weeks, extremely hot and humid or just cold and rainy. Thanks

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