HAVE a lot of jasmine and it is taking over and killing the other
plants. I have trimmed it back, but I am wondering how to eradicate
it does have a beautiful scent when flowering in spring, the Chinese
jasmine (Jasminum palyanthum) is a vigorous twining plant
that can quickly become invasive. Its thin, wiry shoots send down
roots wherever they touch the soil. This makes it almost impossible
to eradicate by pulling or digging out and it is now on the list
of banned plants in many regions.
Any of the glyphosate-based
herbicides, like Roundup, Network and Glyphosate, are quite efficient
at killing it off, as long as there is sufficient foliage on the
jasmine for you to apply it to. A major drawback is that any desirable
plant the jasmine is climbing over is also likely to get sprayed.
In my experience, Vigilant
is useful in cases like this. Cut the jasmine right back, close
to the ground, and immediately apply Vigilant gel to the surface
of the cut shoots. The active ingredient in Vigilant will then be
drawn down into the jasmine root system and should kill it.
Gardener, Issue 182, 2005, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.