What's happening to my basil

Asked July 2, 2019, 7:20 PM EDT

Planted in pot in full sun. What can i do to fix or prevent this. Is my basil ruined.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. I think your plant will be fine but four lined plant bug did a bit of damage. Their piercing, sucking mouthparts feed off the plant fluids and leave those characteristic round spots. Pick off the damaged parts, water, fertilize and the plant should recover nicely. Damage is generally cosmetic. Learn more about this common garden insect and control measures here: https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-garden-insects/four-lined-plant-bugs

Thank you for contacting Extension.