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    Default How to get rid of moonflower?

    I have some moonflower vine (Ipomoea alba) in a planting bed, also containing roses. The moonflower is so darn fast growing that it engulfs anything near it, especially the roses. It smothers anything it touches. I want to get rid of it, and have been pulling it out. Anyone have a permanent way of getting rid of it? Don't want to use Round Up because of close proximity of the moonflower to other stuff I want to keep. Thanks.

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    I put Roundup on weeds and grass in beds by using a foam paint brush. If you get some on good plants you can wash it off immediately with water.

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    Main thing with Roundup is to keep it off of the leaves of desirable plants. It isn't absorbed by the woody parts, but spraying it around Roses is a bit risky because of the chance of drift or accidentally hitting the leaves. Once you get then weeds out, use Casaron or similar product to prevent weeds from germinating.

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    One mans weeds...anothers flower.
    I inherited moonflower (slower growing shrub variety) when I bought my home. It grows back every year-bigger.
    It's one of the biggest/beautiful flower we have here in the southwest.
    It's controversial so consequently people are split 50/50 on treating them as bedding plants or weeds. Good luck...I wouldn't like them messing up rose bushes either. Under the right conditions - the flowers can actually get nearly a foot long-and these smell very sweet. In the high desert there are only a very few flowers that will grow in sand and searing direct sunlight.

    This (Jimson/Daytura) was the original "Loco Weed" BTW. In fact last month I was going to mail some seeds left over from last winter to a woman in Oklahoma who likes them as well. Until I discovered they passed a possession law there fairly recently. They are quite Toxic.
    Last edited by Mike50; 05-14-2006 at 12:16 PM.

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    Thanks for the input guys. Yes I do believe moonflower could be nice under the right conditions, but not in the beds I have. What probabl happened is 2 homeowners ago, they had moonflower in a good sense. Then the previous owners to us put in roses and went away from the vines. Now I can't get rid of it and will probably try the Round Up with a paint brush. I have some other stuff that I don't want but keeps coming up. I'll try to i.d. and post it here.

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