Help! plants seem sick and haven't been growing. Is it root rot? (pics attached)

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Help! plants seem sick and haven't been growing. Is it root rot? (pics attached)

Hi! New poster, new to aerogarden growing. This was my first attempt at the gourmet herbs seed kit that came with the garden. I've changed the water at least once a month and use distilled water.

77 days in now and my plants don't seem to have grown much in the past month. Their roots are also not the color I would expect them to be so I'm worried they have root rot. If that's the case do I have to throw them all out and start over? If it is root rot, what do I do and how do I avoid this in the future? I have a couple house plants but they're not in close vacinity to the aerogarden except when I put them in the sink to soak (the sink is about 5 feet from the aerogarden). I've attached pictures so please let me know any thoughts!

Also do you think there's anyway that transplanting a couple of them to soil would save them? I was planning to transplant the basil and mint soon anyway because the weather is warming up.

Thank you in advance.

 

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I've never grown thai basil,

I've never grown thai basil, but I think it's normal for basil in general to get a bit woody at the bottom.

I suggested cutting them back before transplanting, because their roots aren't adapted yet to working hard. Plants in soil have more root mass than plants grown hydroponically. So at first after transplant, when you want it growing roots, it shouldn't have too much leaf mass to support.

Not getting enough light, because the lights are too high, would slow their growth. Too-strong nutes - could back off a bit there. But those are just theories. I don't grow herbs in an Aerogarden that much.

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Really!? That's awesome,

Really!? That's awesome, thank you so much. I'll chop the high ones for sure. A couple follow up questions:

is the brown creeping up the base of the thai basil in the first picture normal? I assumed that was a problem!

also how large should plants be if you plan to transplant them into soil? 

any ideas as to why the growth of my plants has slowed so much??

Thank you again!

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Welcome, littleiz! The roots

Welcome, littleiz! The roots look great to me. The hood is very high for the taller plants, so their lower leaves may not be getting enough light. I'd chop the top off the tallest ones.

I actually plant basil seed directly in the ground when it's warm enough. The stuff grows like a weed, there's no need to baby it. I wish dill were that easy. Your dill looks a tad brown. Maybe lighten up on the nutes a little?

But basically your garden looks pretty good to me!

Yeah, you could transfer some to potting mix. They're kinda big for that, so you'd need to go slowly. Cut them way back first. Put in very wet potting mix. Let them get used to that in fairly low light and work their way up to real sun.

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