My basil is burning!
On a lark, over a month ago, I decided to plant some basil seeds in a pot. I had also planted some basil seeds in a few seedling cells along with tomatoes and cauliflower (which is super spindly, but that's another post) earlier. Well the ones in the pot have grown far better than the ones in the cells, I have no idea why. It's gotten to the point where they are pretty crowded now and I need to start repotting (when I do, do I put one plant per pot or several?). Anyway, I have a more pressing concern. Recently, I noticed that a few of the leaves were starting to turn yellowish/brown, not from the edges, but from the middle. It was as though they were getting bleached/burned by the sun. (I live in Seattle, and it's been really cloudy most of the time, but we've had a day or two of sun in the last week.) Today I got home and part of one of the leaves was actually burnt! I don't know what to do. I keep the pot in a windowsill in order for the basil to get some sun, and I think this is partly why they have done so much better than the basil in the seedling cells, because those only get light from a Grow Light lamp. However, if they're getting burned should I move them to under the lamp instead? But how will they ever withstand real sunlight if they're so easily burned? You can see the burnt basil in the "back." Keep in mind that I turned the pot around in order to take the picture; usually, what you see in the 'front' of this picture is actually closest to the window. So the burnt one isn't even the one closest to the window (even though it is in this picture). Here is a close up. From the 'front.' You can see where the leaf had been starting to turn brown, like a sunburn. A couple of other seedlings are starting to get that way also. Here are the seedlings on their usual windowsill. The burnt one is to the back left. The window faces south. What should I do? Let the sun sensitive ones die off or move them all away from the windowsill? Also, does this mean when I want to transplant them, they can't be under direct sunlight?