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Growing woes

Wondering why your herb isn't looking so happy? We've compiled some common problems to help you diagnose and cure the issue. Generally if you can try to recreate the plant's natural growing conditions as much as possible it will be happier and stronger, and therefore better able to withstand many issues that might come its way. All our plants come with a care label and we recommend researching and getting to know your herb's needs so that you can keep it flourishing.

Has your plant gone floppy and can't seem to hold itself up?

It needs a big drink! Sit it in a bucket of water and watch it perk up! Usually if you catch this as soon as you can there is nothing to worry about. If this happens regularly to your potted plants consider repotting to the next size up so it can hold more water for longer. When you are watering, make sure you give it a good thorough drink in at the soil level.

Mushy, blackened areas and a disappearing plant?

You could be giving it too much love with the watering! Before you come to water, test the moisture in the pot up to 10cm down with your finger. If it's moist then wait a little longer. Make sure that your pots don't sit in water for too long at a time, and never plant in a pot without drainage holes!  

Little white or yellow stipples or sticky residue on the leaves?

This could be a number of common pests, which are a regular part of natural gardening. Remove any pests you can see and spray the plant with a mild solution of washing up liquid and water (1:10). 
If your plant is generally happy and healthy, small cases of pests won't affect the health long term as long as you keep on top of them.
Some insects can even help with pest control, for example ladybirds love to eat aphids!

Does the plant look stretched, weak and yellow?

It's not getting enough sunlight and is trying to get closer to the sun. This is a common issue if you're growing indoors - can you find an outside spot? If not, try finding a window with a sunnier aspect or even cleaning the windows can help. Don't forget to turn your pot 180 degrees as often as you can remember to keep growth even. 

Rusty coloured spots on the leaves?

A common disease on you guessed it...mint, and some other herbs too. Some varieties are more susceptible than others and it really does look like little rust, generally on the undersides of leaves. Remove any infected leaves, but you may have to say goodbye to the whole plant if it's heavily infected. Don’t plant mint back into the same pot or spot as the soil will probably be infected too.

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