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How to inject Japanese Knotweed stems

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 15:49
cc120 says:

Thank you Auntiemand,

what did you use to puncture and what did you use to inject?

also is there a need to puncture through the whole stem, that is, holes either side before you inject or just a hole where you are going to place the syringe?

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 Gosh, sorry for the late reply!

I used a screwdriver to puncture and a large syringe to inject.   Latter begged from the docs!

After 5 years there is no sign of it.   Fingers crossed.

Flowering witch hazel

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 22:24

I agree Pixui,

Can't see how there will be winter flowers too.

Is yours in open ground or a pot?

Mine is in a very large pot - so big I can't move it to the courtyard as I did in it's first  years so I don't think that's the issue but interested in any possibilities.

I never let it dry out, feed reasonably and the pot is in a well shaded spot.

Good job the leaves are pretty in autumn or I'd be beyond grumpy.

Any thoughts GW team? (I might give them a separate shout)

Flowering witch hazel

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 12:09

Mine is flowering too.

Going to be really miffed if that means no winter flowers.

How to inject Japanese Knotweed stems

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 09:58

Hi cc120

That is exactly what I did with a large stand of knotweed.   Puncture then inject.   

It took a couple of years to get rid of the bigger stems,  5 years on we still get the odd weedy bit appearing so i smear, with gloved hands, a strong weedkiller solution on the leaves - stems are far too thin to inject now.

my Jasmin (Trachelospermum)

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 23:32

Mine does this every year at this time.

It's forming new leaves and the older ones are yellowing / bronzing and dropping off.

In a months time it will be beautifully green again and starting to flower.

Keep it watered and fed.

Mine has chicken pellets in March then tomato feed from June.

It's 8'x8' against a west facing wall in a pretty small pot.   Probably rooted through the block paving though.

Tulip massacre!

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 12:18

Could be cats.

My neighbour has a cat that decapitates my pot grown tulips every year.   

It is a nuisance.

Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 21:17

Thanks for the feedback.

I'm picking off affected leaves and fruit daily in the hope I can salvage something approaching a crop.

One of my neighbours has dumped her plants!


In less good news the animals I believed to be water voles that live by the pond turn out to be rats. And I've been feeding them delighting in the fact we'd have lots of babies. No doubt we will!   I'm moving.


Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:50

Has anyone else got blight in Kent?

My two immediate neighbours and I have it.   So upsetting as I've only have half a dozen ripe Sungold toms this year.

We all grow outdoors as no space for greenhouses but don't usually suffer blight until much later in the year.

I've hundreds of tiny toms on my Sungold, Rossella plants and a fair few on the Black Russian.

Hey ho.




Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:48

You're welcome.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 09:09

Brilliant, thank you very much.

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