These first weeks haven’t been worry-free, however. Just like new parents rush to call their pediatrician in the first months of their baby’s life, I made my first visit to plant ER today – aka my neighborhood nursery.
My question: Why are some leaves on my plants curling up and turning black at the tips? It is especially noticeable on the basil plants. Googling “black tips on leaves” didn’t help either. There was plenty of help for cannabis plants, not so much for basil plants.
On my way to the nursery, I imagined all the terrible situations my vegetables could be in. Every theoretical problem ended with me needing to get all new dirt and plants.
A staff member at the nursery assuaged my fears. It had been unseasonably cold (low 40s) and windy the past week in Los Angeles where I live, and the staffer theorized the low temperatures had harmed my leaves. Basil leaves, she said, are especially sensitive.
I didn’t leave the “doctor’s office” without a “prescription” – this time a bottle of fungicide to spray on the tomato plants. The weather is also getting warmer in the coming week. That’s welcome news to this new parent.