NOTE: THIS IS A REPRINT OF AN ARTICLE ON MY PREVIOUS BLOG AS I REBUILD THIS INFO HERE.
If there were a group of plants which were the least prone to pests and diseases, herbs would be it. However, they’re still a plant and they still need to be kept healthy.
Read on for more details….
- Root rot – this occurs commonly in herbs, especially those planted indoors or in poor soil. It happens when there is minimal light and the herb is being overwatered. To remedy the situation, move the herb into a sunnier position and reduce the water supply. If the herb is indoors, place it near a window that receives considerable light throughout the day.
- Aphids – some herbs are prone to Aphids and while they can, in most cases just be hosed off with a forceful spray, they are best removed with an insecticide soap. As herbs are mainly used for eating or herbal teas, you should refrain from using strong pesticides.
- Overfeeding – herbs aren’t heavy feeders so it’s best to feed them prior to Spring with a slow-release fertiliser. You can also complement this with a liquid fertiliser applied every 6 weeks. Any more than this and you may find your herbs are struggling to intake all that nutrient and your fertilising will become counter-productive.