Greetings my fellow gardeners. Thirteen years ago I purchased a beautiful old home with a tiny yard full of miscellaneous shrubs and unusual mystery plants. I had lovely thoughts of creating a private haven of flowering vines, small fruits trees and edibles, similar to my late grandmother’s garden. I had very little knowledge at that time about gardening, so I read hundreds of books, watched gardening videos and took various classes for over a year.
The following Spring, I emerged outside with my gardening gear, ready to clean up the yard when I noticed several tall, red stalks protruding from the ground next to a concrete pad where a garage once stood. Uncertain of it’s identity, I shrugged and continued my yard work. Two weeks later, my curiosity became relentless so I took of picture of the stalks…now a good 4 feet tall and looking a bit like bamboo and sent a picture to our local extension office. Soon I received bad news, it was Japanese Knotweed.
Thus, a 11 year battle has ensued and it is ongoing as you can see. Because of the concrete pad, it has remained in a small area. At the end of the summer, the bees descend on the tiny flowers and the birds eat the seeds.
A few more facts about this invasive weed:
Japansese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
- Originated from Asia and was introduced to the US in the 1800’s as a ornamental
- Has rhizome runners that can extend 60 feet
- Can grow under any conditions and is listed as one of the world’s most invasive species
I have tried nearly everything to combat it organically. Next Spring, I am going to try something new. Because it is invasive, you have to be extremely careful handling it and with it’s disposal. I have included several links to provide you with more information.