How to get rid of moonflower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Care/Landscaping' started by chassis, May 12, 2006.

  1. chassis

    chassis Engineer

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    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.
  2. Bob NH

    Bob NH In the Trades

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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.
  3. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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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.
  4. Mike50

    Mike50 DIY Senior Member

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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: May 14, 2006
  5. chassis

    chassis Engineer

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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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