Identification: What causes downy mildew on basil leaves?

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    ishika22 New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    On my birthday my best friend gifted me with some herbs seeds because of my love towards planting. Among which there were Basil Black seeds which I planted according to the plantation method provided. As the basil started growing I noticed some black spots which are called downy mildew on every leaf of the herb.

    I am unable to figure out what might have caused this.

    Please help me with a solution to prevent it as early as possible.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Welcome to these Forums, ishila22! I don't think we have ever had a question from someone in Hyderabad before but I hope we'll hear from you again in the future. We are always interested in what is going on horticulturally in different parts of the world.
     
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    I've had success treating mildew with a mixture of baking soda detergent and water. iirc it was 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon detergent and 1 gallon of water.
    take it with a grain of salt tho and test any new chemicals on a single leaf or so to see if the plant suffers any negative reactions before treating the whole plant.
     
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    AFAIK, mildew is often result of a warm and moist environment. A basil is happy in a dry air. Your climate could be just a bit too humid. You did not wrote if your basil is indoors or outdoors.
    If outdoors, then some protection from precipitation could help.
    If indoors, then air dehumidifier could help.
     

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