bigmamab
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Traumatized herbs? Fungus? Help!

We bought a house about 10 months ago, and the previous owner had a wide selection of annuals/perinneals growing in what seems to be some really good soil (raspberries, lillies, rhubarb, pansies, ferns, some succulents, some herbs, etc). I never tested it since so much was growing so well (silly I know).

I put a bunch of herbs in the ground six days ago. Yesterday I noticed that some of my herbs seemed traumatized, while others seem fine. My oregano, mint, parsely and rosemary seem fine, while my basil, thai basil, and cilantro have this going on:

[img]https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4650773758_526f8bde6c_b.jpg[/img]
Sad Basil

[img]https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3399/4650772668_8b67c03403_b.jpg[/img]
Sad Cilantro

[img]https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4650771632_3c17941dcd_b.jpg[/img]
Hard to see, but Thai Basil is on its way to sad

The herbs all came from the same nursery, and were grown in a quasi-greenhouse (light-allowing roof with open sides - but it's been raining for the past three days, so sunburn seems excessive).

Out back my tomatoes got hit hard with this as well. I took a leaf to a nursery and he said "tomato blight"... but the herbs as well? And only certain ones? My peppers are right next to my tomatoes, and they look awesome. Sweet peas which grew from seeds are doing fantastic. Rhubarb and raspberries came back awesome.

So what's going on? Is this transplant shock? I've grown in this area a few years before and never seen this. Six days seems too early for nutrient deficiency to hit this hard.

Any help is much appreciated!

(and yes, I'll be testing my soil ASAP just to make sure :) )

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Did they give you any more information on what tomatoe blight is, and why it's caused? That's what mine are doing too. My basil is doing well though, so I'm not sure exactly what's wrong with them. It could be chemical that's going straight on the leaves, or burning.
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THe nursery worker said he thought it was a fungal tomato blight, of which there was no treatment. Best I could hope for was to pick off the affected leaves and let the plant focus on growing new ones rather than also fighting off the infection.

I'm only two days out from picking off the affected tomato leaves, so I'll have to see how it helps back there. I'll probably end up taking samples of these herbs to another nursery to get second opinions :(

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Doesn't really look like blight to me.

Here's a picture of a tomato leaf with early blight:

[url=https://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/images/plantpath/colorslide/early_blight_leaf_large.jpg]blighted leaf[/url]

Your leaves look more burned. You ruled out sunburn, but it sounds like these were raised in a pretty protected situation. If they are kind of tender they could get sun or wind burned when put out. Or some kinds of chemicals/ fertilizers, etc can burn plants. Too much manure, if you are using that...

If you decide you it really is a fungal condition, you can treat that. There are two fungicidal treatments we commonly recommend here:

Milk treatment: My version is dilute milk 50:50 with water. Add a tablespoon of yoghurt with active cultures and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours to culture the lactobaccillus. The lactobacillus is a fungicide that destroys the blight/ wilt fungi. Strain and spray on the affected plants, being sure to get the underside of leaves, leaf axils, etc.

or baking soda solution:

1 tablespoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of liquid soap
1 gallon of water

Be sure the soap is soap, not detergent (dishwashing liquid is detergent), which can harm your plants.
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bigmamab
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Sunburn is entirely possible! They had a sunny day or two, so if they are sensitive it might have got them right away. I'm hoping that's the case because then they'll improve from here out. If they keep degrading I'll try the fungal approach.

Thanks so much!!

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