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QUESTION: What is this growing on my basil?

comments (3) July 21st, 2009

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I have been gardening for 20 some years, both in the ground and in pots. So I am not a novice. But this one has me puzzled. I have several varieties of basil growing in pots on my porch. Some of the basil has yellow colored tendrils growing on it.  The tendrils do not appear to be growing out of the soil, they seem to be growing from the plant itself. The basil is healthy and growing well, but the tendrils take over and try to choke out the basil if I don't remove some of it. I have not been able to completely rid the basil of the tendrile, so it is an ongoing process. I have never seen this before and cannot figure out what it is or why it happened. Can anyone shed some light on what this could be? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ,Gayle

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hinbil writes: We are getting those golden tendrils also. Never had them before, for about 5 years of herb gardening. They are all over the basil plants but don't seem to be part of them.
Posted: 4:59 pm on August 26th
alene writes: Is this why some of the leaves on my plants have turned yellow? I don't see any tendrils.
Posted: 9:47 am on June 22nd
island_angus writes: What you are describing sounds to me like dodder. It is a parasitic plant that has not roots, and does not have chlorophyl. It lives entirely off of the host plants and eventually chokes them out as you describe. It can be a real problem with some herbs, and likely came in with the basil seed. You are best to throw out the soil in the pots as it likely now had dodder seed in it and it may continue to be a problem in the future.

Posted: 8:12 am on July 24th
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