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kimig


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Message Posted:
06/04/2010 09:42

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This plant, whose proper name I don't know, is taking over my garden. Nothing I can throw at it seems to work...anyone any idea what WILL kill it, please?



waddo


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Message Posted:
06/04/2010 09:56

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Dig it up and throw away what you don't want - don't just dump it over your wall or "It will be back"!!!!



kimig


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06/04/2010 17:54

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Can't dig it up, that's the problem! Roots go down a long way, and I am not a strapping young and healthy man who can kill it with his hands in his pockets!!



janjin



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Message Posted:
06/04/2010 23:51

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kimia

The turkish version of Roundup should kill it off, but the ground is sterile for approx 9 afterwards. This stuff aint organic either! Also it's a danger to birds / pets, etc as well I believe



kimig


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07/04/2010 06:20

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ianjin Thanks for info ......approx 9 what? Days, minutes......Years?



Chegwin


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07/04/2010 08:00

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Clear the area directly around the base of the plants and remove a couple of centimeters or so of earth.

Drive a small diameter stake into the ground in several places and remove leaving holes.

Dump a couple of bags of fine grain table salt in the holes and over the surrounding surface. Lightly water in and cover. The plant will die without endangering other forms of life. If itís stubborn repeat but remember that the ground wonít be suitable for re planting until the salt has dissolved away and been washed out.



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Chegwin


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07/04/2010 08:20

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And if this is it then it will try and resist but will die off eventually.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyperus



Chegs



BoTanica


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Message Posted:
07/04/2010 15:14

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If it is that Chegwin, I would be extremely jealous as I love that plant!! I have a large pot of it in the lounge and have 4 cuttings on the go!! Its also very fond of water, so I am very surprised its a like weed over here. I keep mine in a pot thats soggy the whole time.!



Chegwin


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Message Posted:
08/04/2010 08:37

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Yo Bo

Yep, I know what you mean. Very easy to take cuttings. Shall we tell 'em?

Just snip the top of about 15cm down the stem, trim the leaves back to 1-2cm and plonk them leaves down, stem up in water. Stand in well lit but not direct sun and roots will appear amongst the trimmed leaves in a week or so. When the roots are around 3-4cm long pot them up and you are away. Ded easy. They thrive in wet or dry ground but seem to prefer wetter feet.



Chegs



janjin



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Message Posted:
10/04/2010 18:06

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Kimia,

Sorry for delay in response - busy times.

9 months approx



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