[gardeners] Fusarium - Basil

Catharine Vinson (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 1 Apr 1998 22:12:33 +0000

Bad news about the spread of the disease in basil.

I talked with two good-sized commercial growers in my area today. They 
both reported their first experience with Fusarium in their basil stock. 
Both are using certified seed from Johnny's. One of the growers is 
certified organic and particularly interested in tracking the spread in 
the commercial seed supply.

Johnny's is a great supplier, and as far as I know Johnny's and Richters 
have been the leaders in identifying the threat to basil and institutiing 
certification standards. Johnny's has said that even with certificated 
seed, there is no guarantee that seed won't be contaminated.

So, if you're growing basil this season, pay really close attention to the 
condition of the seedlings. If even a single seedling/plant looks "sickly" 
I'd advise you destroy the plant and replace surrounding soil immediately 
to try and contain the spread of disease

Catharine for whom a season without basil would be miserable indeed