My Basil Plant Smells Bad

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My Basil Plant Smells Bad

Welcome to this article about why your basil plant might smell bad. One of the biggest reasons for your basil smelling the way it does is often from external forces. Often it’s the compounds that make up the air around the plant and where it is growing. There has been a lot of research on these topics and they have come forth to show that basil can also easily cross breed and produce new varieties very easily. These all will have different compounds making up the smell you are experiencing. In this article we will discuss some of the topics further and help you understand what this is all about.

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My Basil Plant Smells Bad

Just like we said in the beginning of this article. The most probable reason for your basil smelling the way it does is the compounds that can be found in the air. These affect the plant in different ways and make it smell the way it does. It can also be because you basil managed to cross breed and is smelling like either cinnamon or even licorice because of that.

There are over 150 different varieties of basil in the world. The fact that there are so many makes it possible for it to target very specific smells and tastes. This has been achieved by people cross breeding for specific results. You can sort of compare it to breeding dogs. Sometimes you want a specific quality in one breed that you don’t have in another. Then you cross breed and hopefully get the result you are after.

Flat Leaf Basil Indoors

Some people can experience the smell of cat urine from their basal plant. It’s not a very pleasant smell that is made up from the compound mercaptan. This compound is getting broken down by the enzymes in the plant and that is what is producing this distinctive smell. Another reason could simply be that a neighboring cat has been around and decided your basil plant would be a good place to relieve itself.

The only real way of getting rid of these smells is by sowing new basil plants. It’s very likely that these aspects of the plant are genetic and it will continue happening if your basil starts spreading seeds around. So the best counter is to take it away and then decide what basil variety you want to grow for the next season.

Why Does My Basil Plant Smell Weird

Let’s summarize what we have been talking about here. Basil can smell differently from what you would expect because of different compounds in the air or environment it’s growing in. For the example of cat urine, this smell is caused by mercaptan. This specific compound interacts with the enzymes in the plant and the result is this smell right there. This is a genetic issue so you will need to plant new basil for the next year unfortunately.

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