Friday, July 30, 2010

Oxalis revs up garden passions.

One of the interesting things about writing a weekly newsletter is the immediate response.  I know very quickly weather I have touched a subject that stirs gardener's passions.  Wow! does Oxalis get green thumbs hot?

Some of the feedback is definitely worth sharing.  Two separate correspondents recommend 
Aeroguard! Yes that's right the mozzie repellent. Apparently it will kill Oxalis and not the surrounding plants.  I thought this was an expensive approach but for spot spraying around plants you want to keep it's cheaper and easier than selective herbicides.  At least it should help Laurie:

Peter . Your solution is off target .My Oxalis grows with my daffodils –camelias and other flowers . There I cannot use roundup or cover with paper . We need a another solution . I use your (grand) father`s solution. 
By the way I haven't tried this so please trial carefully before spraying liberally.  

As usual the best practical advice comes from John, king of the Knox Garden Plotters:

The bane of all our plotters is oxalis.
Many of our members have been plotters for 20 years.
We agree that the only cure is to let it grow till summer. Then it is a large plant and because it is very green and imature, it can be removed. Too late once it has matured - there will be millions of bublets. Need I say more. Make sure you bag it up and put in your garbage or yellow bin. Most of our plotters find that it will be gone in 2 years. Give it a try.

Anyway the recurring theme is do whatever you can to keep knocking down the top growth which will over time starve the bulbs. If you can, dig the bulbs out and destroy them.

These plotters are students at Chelsea Heights Primary School.  This whole area had been invaded by a Banana Passion fruit root stock that had escaped but the kids and their families have done a great job building a really successful vegie garden.

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