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Old 11-04-2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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The vine that ate the south is here!
Dreaded invasive kudzu vine has been found in Ontario
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It has been taking over fields, roadside signs, fences, trees, and even houses in the United States for years, but now, the kudzu vine (Pueraria montana) has been discovered in Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie near the town of Leamington. The kudzu vine is a native of Eastern Asia, and was first brought to North America in 1876 for a centennial exhibition. It was later used for erosion control and promoted as a forage crop.

Eventually, it took over much of the southern states and despite attempts to stop it...
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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Ugh... we shared with them. Kudzu... not just for Americans anymore.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:28 AM   #3
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"But they are not invasive here ... ".
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:35 AM   #4
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They're not invasive by me... I've neeeeeeeeever seen them be a problem by meeeeeeee... that must be only in the south. Kudzu jelly for every man woman and child every day for the next 50 years should take care of all our problems.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:09 AM   #5
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Goats! Goats will kill kudzu. Just sayin'

Kudzu was found in Evanston, IL last year, and in Peoria a couple of years before that. YAY GCC! You go!
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:47 PM   #6
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goats and cows will kill kudzu. Probably any browser would be effective--- maybe llamas. Ive found that many people think it is a "nice plant" --Ive seen tourists pull samples with the intent of growing it back up north on their home place. It is a 'pea plant' with lavender flowers in summer turning into pea pods in the fall. It spreads both by seeds and underground roots that can go 100 to 150 ft below surface. The underground shoots produce zillions of new plants.

If you have it --get goats!
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It is a 'pea plant' with lavender flowers in summer turning into pea pods in the fall. It spreads both by seeds and underground roots that can go 100 to 150 ft below surface. The underground shoots produce zillions of new plants.

If you have it --get goats!
Roots that grow 100 to 150 ft. below the surface!?!?! OMG!!! That's like growing from one side of the earth clear out to China! Good grief!

Do plant places still actually sell this stuff?

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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We have seen in the pasture behind my house kudzu growing shoots at a rate of 20 ft per day.

Kudzu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

wikipedia has a nice article explaining the nutritional and medical potential of kudzu or kuzu root. It also describes the 2009 discovery of kudzu in Ontario. There is also a photo of the kudzu blossom. The plants bloom in late summer and have a nice scent. The blooming plants resemble wisteria a little with their pendulous pea type blossoms.

Even if we started eating the plant and using it for its medicinal value in curing alcohol addiction, we still would need goats to help control this monster.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:58 PM   #9
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I remember when we were told not to worry. It was said not to be cold tolerant to the extent it would survive a midwestern winter. It is now documented in Canada and in Illinois.
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"Do plant places still actually sell this stuff? "... oh yes they're still selling it and get this... people swap cuttings of it. Do you know why??? It's only listed as invasive or banned in 13 states, PLANTS Profile for Pueraria montana var. lobata (kudzu) | USDA PLANTS sooooooooo, if you live in Georgia or Alabama... it's not invasive because it's not on a list... if it was invasive in those states it would be illegal to sell it...
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