Last fall, my dad gave me a basil plant. We didn’t have high hopes for it since the original plant it came from was fading fast. I wish I had taken a picture of it when I first got it (it was just a single stem with a few proud leaves), but here’s the plant at 5 months, and today at 9 months!
Please forgive the terrible point-and-shoot pictures. Also, that second picture makes the basil look especially wilty, but I assure you the plant is growing strong- the branches get weighed down initially by the leaves, and they curve back upward toward the sunny window! I’ve tried pinching the plant to make it more bushy, but that didn’t seem to affect the plant- it just keeps growing however it wants!
It was growing so well that it became pot-bound and needed to be replanted!
But lately, I’ve been noticing some discoloration on the stem. It started as a small brown splotch, and has been slowly spreading.
It’s even starting to split in some areas…
I’m really hoping that the plant is just maturing and becoming woody, but the most of the leaves on that split stem have fallen off and the leaves that remain are a bit on the yellow side. There are also a bunch of small bumps along that stem.
Generally, I would assume that means that the plant is looking to put out roots and I can make a cutting from it, but with this plant I’m not so sure. Part of me wants to try clipping off that branch and putting it in water to see if it’ll root, but at the same time, I don’t want to do any additional damage to my plant!
The rest of the plant seems to be doing well. The other branches are full of huge leaves…
…and new leaves are popping up at almost all the nodes!
So what do you think I should do? Cut off that split branch and try to start a cutting? Wait and see how the plant does over the next few days/weeks? Help!?