Monday, February 28, 2011

Out of Control Plants

Three plants come to mind when people talk about a plant going out of control.
The first one is bamboo which really depends on the variety of bamboo and who you ask. Some people claim you can just kick over the new sprouts when you see them and it keeps it in check. I don't think I want to find out the hard way.
The second is kudzu. A very green and fast growing vine that has taken over many highways in Louisiana and is listed as an invasive plant in many of the southern states. It just doesn't get cold enough to keep it in check.
Asian jasmine though has to make the list as well. Although easy enough to pull up and get out of the pond when it creeps in, it's hard to get rid of every root if you are trying to get rid of it completely. It will come back with only one root and fill a bed in a season if you let it.

Of these I only grow a little bamboo in a pot since it won't try climbing over the edge and trail across the yard or up a tree or through the holes in my fence.

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