seal taking over
HAVE a problem with Solomon's seal taking over my garden. I started
with just a few plants several years ago and they have multiplied
quite considerably. Have you any ideas how I can get rid of a lot
of the root system?
gardener I mentioned this to suggested you could try contacting
local nurseries as one of them might be interested in digging it
up to propagate more plants!
Seriously though, Solomon's
seal can spread if growing conditions are ideal. If the soil is
relatively open, you could dig it up during winter. As long as you
remove all the fleshy roots, there should be no regrowth.
If you want to use a
herbicide, try Activated Amitrole or a glyphosate-based one, such
as Roundup or Glyphosate. Probably the best time to spray for maximum
effect would be mid- to late summer when there's a lot of mature
foliage to absorb the spray, which will be taken down into the root
system. Of course, it will be the following spring before you know
for sure if the spray has been effective.
Gardener, Issue 174, 2005, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.