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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
8:27 PM

Post #3520624

One of our invasive species here is ferns...like the Boston Tree Fern...it chokes everything.

Anyone know how to kill it aside from pulling it out? I have tried RoundUp, Garlon and now Clorox. Nuclear is next!!!

Carol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
9:39 PM

Post #3520831

Carol, do you mean something like this: If so, go ahead and go nuclear, I think that might work, but then these grow here and may be a RESULT of the nuclear testing! I just keep em out of my pots, but hopefully someone else will respond with a cure.

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
10:51 PM

Post #3521023

No...those make great groundcovers. Will take a photo later...they ARE Bostons!!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 21, 2007
10:58 PM

Post #3521046

Be careful dear, I think there may be people out there that will go ballistic at the idea of you wanting to eradicate a Boston. But then, they don't have the problems you do. I use the panax in front as a ground cover, I meant the fronds in the back. Those are my headache...looking forward to seeing the Boston...if you find a cure, let me know!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2007
12:01 AM

Post #3521322

We have a problem Boston here too. It is Nephrolepis obliterata aka Kimberly Queen. It was highly touted because it can handle full sun but it also spreads like the proverbial weed it is. Hand pulling is the only way I can hope to eradicate it but no matter how often I pull it still pops up everywhere. Harsh chemicals don't even phase this one. Nuking them may be the only way...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
1:43 AM

Post #3521684

I have a friend who uses diesel fuel mixed with something else to kill off impossible weeds. She said that is the only way she can kill them. I will get her formula if you guys are interested.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
1:53 AM

Post #3521731

Sounds pretty nuclear to me! Maybe worth a try...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
1:53 AM

Post #3521733

I will d-mail her and get it for you.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
2:00 AM

Post #3521761

Cool beans! Thanks!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3521767

No problem!! I will let you know what it is hopefully tomorrow.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
3:03 AM

Post #3522042

Thanks Pepper...

(wonder if it is Agent Orange?)
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
3:06 AM

Post #3522053

Oh no! I don't want to go that far...how about Agent peach...tan...lite yellow?
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
5:31 AM

Post #3522526

DH (a chemical engineer) tells me there is one molocule of chlorine difference between Garlon and AO. Oooops.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
5:52 AM

Post #3522543

Has any one tried an Army Flame thrower ?
Just a thought . Got the enemy out of their fox holes .
It did the job in Nam .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
6:14 AM

Post #3522553

I do live on an Army base...hmmmm...ginger - you may be on to something!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
6:38 AM

Post #3522574

Keep us posted on the results please .
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
10:58 AM

Post #3522745

Ok here is what she said.

"I mix about as much diesel fuel as herbicide into the water. This should kill about anything. Don't spray to the runoff point tho as the d.f. will stay in the soil and nothing will grow there for a long time if ever."

I reccomend just rubbing it on the plants if you still want to plant there. Sometimes that works too. Just make sure to have rubber gloves on for protection if you do.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
4:10 PM

Post #3523512

Hmmmm Thanks Pebble...will give it a 'shot'...lol
ginger749

May 22, 2007
4:11 PM

Post #3523516

At your own peril . lol
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2007
4:30 PM

Post #3523582

I should think the smell alone would kill something.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2007
5:06 PM

Post #3523733

I do believe, I'm learning something new today, not neccessarily good or bad. But, never knew before Kimberly Queen is that invasive. (I guess it depends on the climes). Yesterday I learned about Virginia creeper, learning something new just about everyday. But's better than the alternative? Isn't? lol
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3523799

I will be very sparing with it...can't be all that good for the watershed!!! But then, the trucks around here spew out enough of it!!!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2007
6:48 PM

Post #3524058

Lily, in your zone Kimberly Queen probably dies back each winter. Around here it just spreads further. I pulled out another bushel of it this morning.

Carol, be sure to tell us how the evil mixture works.
ginger749

May 22, 2007
7:04 PM

Post #3524114

She may not live to tell the story Thanks to Pep .
caribblue
West Bay
Cayman Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
7:39 PM

Post #3524223

Carol, do you have a deep well and or cistern? We have both and have to be extremely careful what we mix to kill things...don't want those chemicals in the ground water that may end up on the plants, or worse, on or in us!!!

We do have city water too, an arrangement of valves and pipes to keep the water bill at a minimum...city to the sinks, deep well to the toilets, cistern to everything else...

just curious, don't want anything to happen to your water supply trying to kill weeds...

aurbest,
john
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:06 PM

Post #3524323

Carol...we will be watching to make sure you do no harm to yourownself. Carol...oh Caaaarorrrrlllll...Oh no! The Diesel Fuel defolliant got her! See ...ya just gotta be careful. How did that old commercial go ? "It's not NICE to fool with Mother Nature". Zap!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #3524419

Nah...the sugar plantations did in the ground water around here...and the cess pools!!!! Our water is from catchment - sweet pure rain we put thru a UV filter. Nothing better!!!

No worries...I try to leave a VERY small footprint, always.

Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3524456

I was just pulling your chain - If anyone is gonna be earth friendly, it would be you. I gotta share this story - and then I HAVE to go pack! (course I'll be checkin back in periodically).

A couple of weeks ago I was out in my garden, and I noticed "the crane" was looming near my daughter's house, so I called her to see what was going on. She went out to check and turned into what Ronnie called "warrior princess". The crane is the tool of "grounds maintenance". It goes around the island tearing down/pulling up trees that have encroached into the fire lanes. Important work - yes - but sometimes indiscriminate. Well, they had taped off and were about to destroy a beautiful 30 ft Sago that was filled with nests and birds and lots of other life! She grabbed her phone and planted herself right next to the tree and called Environmental Dept, and Building and Grounds and everyone else she could think of! One thing led to another, and finally the head guy at grounds maintenance called off his crew. She saved the tree!!!!! Yea!!!!! I was so very proud of her! The Marshallese crew was just laughing at this crazy lady yelling at them to stop and not to hurt the tree, until their boss said pack it up...then they just smiled at her and drove away. That's my girl!!!!!
ginger749

May 22, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #3524500

Tell her : Good on you Girl , from me Shari .
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #3524584

I am trying to picture a 30' sago. You must post a photo of that one when you have time.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
9:43 PM

Post #3524596

Yes, I will...
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 22, 2007
11:13 PM

Post #3524890

Oh...I feel so DUMB!!! 3 years ago, for Christmas, I gave DH just THAT - a mini flame thrower for getting the reall pesky weeds!!! He has never used it for that...but for other things. You DO have to carry around a propane tank...but...that would be just the thing!!! It would burn the spores and!!!!!

Pebble you are a GEM!!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
12:08 AM

Post #3525056

Yay!!!!! Our forum has just paid off big time! Ain't it wunnerful!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #3525194

On a lighter note ya'll. Let's sail away into some good clearn fun.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 23, 2007
2:18 AM

Post #3525453

We have a lawn weed product (Atrazine?) that kills boston fern very quickly. Also I remember a long time ago spraying with a insecticide that wiped it out, I think it have have been Malathion, but...might have been Orthene or Orthenex.

Here is the offender now>

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ginger749

May 23, 2007
2:23 AM

Post #3525473

Dale , That looks like the Fish Bone Fern to me ?
Nice Pot . Are we allowed to use that word ?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
2:24 AM

Post #3525478

Great solution! Dale.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3525545

What word? Bone? Fish? oooh Pot! It's just another word - right? Yu'r sech a hippie!

Howdy Dale - just knew you couldn't stay away for long! How's that cute little family of yours?

Been trying to post my pic on my Member's page, but I'm having some pooter difugalties, so I'm gonna try to send you all a big smile right here. This is me and my main squeeze. That's the Alhambra - Spain - in the background.

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Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
2:48 AM

Post #3525557

Well, rats...that didn't work too well now did it? Hmmmmm, well guess I'm just not having any luck with pics today!
ginger749

May 23, 2007
2:59 AM

Post #3525590

lol Shari ,
On some Webs Pot is deleted ?

Your Pics. are too small .
Make them BIG .
Otherwise the copyright thingy takes over your Pic .
Try it full size .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3525624

Are you SERIOUS?!?!?!?! One of my favorite old books is "Our Hearts were Young and Gay"...I spose that would be censored in some places huh? I thought the web was past all that censorship crap...oooops, can I say crap? Yeah, I figured this one was too small - trying to make the pic bigger, but not having a lot of luck. I'll keep tryin. As you may have noticed, I am nothing if not persistent! He he he he.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
5:40 AM

Post #3526087

Onward GF...Onward!!!! Bigger photos!

Are all of our threads going to be this long and disjointed? Hopefully!

Are you really leaving on a trip Shari...or is it just an excuse to pack!

Ciao
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
8:19 AM

Post #3526179

No...I am really leaving - so I will talk to ya all next week. Don't have too much fun without me!

Yokwe all...aloha...be good to each other!

Shari
Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
11:19 AM

Post #3526341

Hi all! Mom asked me to post this, so here it is...

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AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 23, 2007
5:18 PM

Post #3527620

Good looking parents!!! At the Alhambra, right? Wow...lipstick matches top. How does she do that? HAHAHAHA

Really good looking.! You lucked out, Tropicalmajik...they look fun, too!!
Tropicalmajik
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 24, 2007
12:53 AM

Post #3529012

The pic is actually a studio shot. When we were in Spain, none of the pictures they took turned out, so I put them on an Alhambra background. It's now one of Mom's favorite pics.
They are fun! I have the best parents, although it took me about 23 years to figure that out!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 28, 2007
11:43 PM

Post #3546353

Hey ya'll! Guess I should have brought my shovel! The youngest and I seem to have a mutual admiration society going on here. How's everyone doing? I'll be posting some pics of Pohnpei soon...gotta get them all downloaded - Carol - just wait till you see some of the Invasive ferns on that island OMG ! They are EVERYWHERE! How did your flamethrower work????
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 29, 2007
2:56 AM

Post #3547281

Couldn't get DH animated to try it...and of course (grin) I am just a woman and couldn't do it...(gag). Am going to look into Dale's remedy too...

So, Lovely Shari...photos of you in bikini putting on your dive gear, please!!!!
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 29, 2007
3:03 AM

Post #3547303

Remember my comment about chunky dunking??? I only don the bikinis in my dreams these days! I'm starting a new thread with the Pohnpei pics. It takes me so long to post them, that we may be a while in the making. Patience my friend. I think my friend Cowboy may be joining us here in the Garden soon...he had visited many times, but never joined. I was telling him all about all of you wonderful folks, and I think I convinced him to join the crowd. If so, DG may never be the same...he's a Ginger/Kell with a severe Texas attitude and a sense of humor about the size of the same state. Should be fun!
ginger749

May 29, 2007
4:00 AM

Post #3547492

Good on him Islandshari .
DG IS big enough for both of us .
Looking forward to verbally duelling with him .
I had a good Pic for here ,
But I can't Find it . Kell
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 29, 2007
4:42 AM

Post #3547591

Kell - I love...repeat LoVe the pics of you and the manequins! AND...you will be pleased to know, there were several Aussies at the hotel, we talked endlessly and I got my first lesson on the care and feeding of Ducatis. Luckily though (for my sake) there was also an Aussie there who enjoyed the full throated roar of a Harley, so I wasn't completely alone. :-)
ginger749

May 29, 2007
4:51 AM

Post #3547610

I am not bragging here ,
But We Ozzies make great tourists .
We also know how to make fellow travelers welcome here in OZ .
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 29, 2007
5:09 AM

Post #3547644

Truer words were never posted. Since this is a thread started regarding a fern...I am including just this one: Especially for Carol :-) This was a stone wall beside a walkway...

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BayAreaTropics
Hayward, CA

May 29, 2007
10:27 PM

Post #3550123

The best way to eliminate ferns or mosses or small ground covers? Amonia sulphate-fertilize's them to death. No poison or herbicide nessesary. Fast too.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2007
5:50 AM

Post #3551556

COOL Beans!!!! Will try that tomorrow!!! Better than burning and better than poisons...thank you SO much.

Now...(pushing the envelope...but with a big smile and ready for a hug) would you foliar that or just dump it on...??????

Carol

YIPPPPEEEEE!!!! I hope it works...YAYYYYYYYYY
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2007
10:20 AM

Post #3551696

Good Luck with that Carol, sounds like the best bet so far! Keep us posted on the progress, I think quite a few folks will be keeping their fingers crossed.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2007
11:34 AM

Post #3551849

Quickly, quickly Carol, try that one and let us know. :-)))))))
BayAreaTropics
Hayward, CA

May 30, 2007
2:49 PM

Post #3552492

Just buy a bagfull Carol and sprinkle the Ammonia sulphate on by the handfull,don't dilute..I would think in 24 -48 hours the ferns will look like death warmed over.
A.S. is just about the most inexpensive fertilizer sold-used to green up ballparks,lawns, and such.
Repeat if necessary!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 30, 2007
3:41 PM

Post #3552663

How about the soil afterwards? How long before it will be usable (plantable) again?
ginger749

May 30, 2007
3:44 PM

Post #3552676

Never . lol
Soil turns to Nuclear waste ?
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2007
4:39 PM

Post #3552915

We only have about 3" of soil here...and so much rain!!! we have to dig holes with a BobCat and fill them with cindersoil in order to plant a tree!!!! The fertilizer isn't good for the ground water which was polluted beyond repair by the SugarCane growers...we aren't talking about TONS of it...anyway...
BayAreaTropics
Hayward, CA

May 30, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #3554327

I wouldn't feel guilty over it.Your eliminating a non native plant with the gentlest way to kill roots short of solar baking(cover with sheets of clear plastic-the sun heats to killing temps under it) but that method is good for isolated pockets of plants And if the ferns are in shade-that's out. A.S. isn't a herbicide as i think i said before, and like any fertilizer only stays in the soil for so long..you could plant vegetables on A.S. treated soil with no worrys about consumption within weeks.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2007
10:32 PM

Post #3554437

This is such a great solution. Thank you BayArea! I'm sure that it will be helpful for all of us - not just for ferns, but any unwanted invasive plant. I was reading a thread the other day from a gal who is struggling mightily with bamboo. DG is such a great site - how else would we have heard about AS from someone in Hayward.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 30, 2007
11:28 PM

Post #3554601

Bamboo...Yikes...that is a HARD one!!!! Short of digging it out...Poor person!!!
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

May 31, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #3554741

We had a Golden Retriever once that loved bamboo shoots. He kept our plot of bamboo well in check. Wish I could teach our present dog to like weeds or something.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #3554963

Now that would be a great dog! You could make a fortune if you could figure it out. Only eats the unwated weeds, not the cared for lovelies. I'd get one of those even though my DH hates dogs! (I know, I know...some people just have some serious mental derrangement).
BayAreaTropics
Hayward, CA

May 31, 2007
12:56 AM

Post #3555009

I once did some gardening at the local Zoo. We were planting bamboo next to the primates..well, i sort of cut a nice thick shoot and handed it to a Baboon who was keeping us company. He reached out and gently took it from my hand. You would have been amazed at the dexterity it showed in peeling that shoot like a banana!.I will never forget that.
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
2:06 AM

Post #3555357

Waaay coool! Great experience!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
2:58 AM

Post #3555604

How cool is that!!!

I do know that the local timber bamboo grower here says that bamboo is VERY hard to Round-up.

If it is running bamboo and your friend lives in a temperate zone...I kept mine in check in Seattle by following these instructions: every Aug/Sept, dig a 12" trench about 1' out from the bamboo in the direction you DON'T WANT IT TO GO. The runners will be running then and you can cut them off or pull them out. If you don't do that, those runners will sprout the NEXT year. Putting barriers around the bamboo doesn't work either because they will go down 3' to get under the barrier or go over it!!!

We did our first applications with AS today on the Boston Fern and the other groundcover I thought was a fern...it is a 'spurge'... Crossing my fingers!!

OH..if our dogs learned to eat bamboo shoots it would be awful!!! We grow timber bamboo and are thrilled with each new shoot!!! The ARE wild about all other fruit - lychee, bananas, tangerines...you name it! The cats too!

Carol
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2007
4:01 AM

Post #3555883

Carol - do you recognize this? The Pohnpeians called it Japanese Apple. We have a fruit here called Asian Pears that we really like - but I have no idea what this is. Any clues?

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rkreeder
Charleston, SC

December 31, 2007
2:17 AM

Post #4342408

Copper Sulfate will kill them...and any fungi you don't want

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


May 10, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #4934140

Hi Carol,

The weed is not the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) but is the sword fern (Nephrolepis multiformis). Although some chemical controls have been mentioned, I would caution not to do so as they toxify the soil, and kill off beneficial micro-organisms (mycorrhizae, etc.).
Removing by hand is the best way. Don't forget that these weeds make great mulch for your trees!
Successful gardening here is time consuming.

Aloha, Dave
exoticplantman
Honolulu, HI

August 28, 2008
7:20 AM

Post #5477387

Metrosideros,

Sensible advice! We are thinking similarly.

Aloha, Gary
ArchAngeL01
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #6508319

try salt haha i had moss that was so annoying and i sprinkled salt on it and it all fried the next day lol but i suppose it would take alot of salt for the fern :P
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 5, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #6508765

I have learned that BY HAND is the best solution!!!! Altho I have dusted them with copper sulphate and they die, but the stems stay erect for years...and the visual is ratty!!!!

Carol
keaau749
Kea'au, HI

May 7, 2009
1:25 AM

Post #6514842

Carol, your "boston climbing fern" is uluhe (dicranopteris linearis) a native that is a curse and a plague and more invasive than many of the newcomers. It seems immune to weed poison, including commercial strength weedkillers. The only way I know to get rid of it is to weedwhack it. Because the stalks are so hard, and break into tiny missiles with sharp points, you have to wear protective clothing and goggles. New shoots will come back in a few months, but if you keep at it, it eventually dies. Big thickets of it are a cover for wild pigs, and they will form tunnels through it all over your property. I hate the stuff, but manage to keep it under control with the weedwhacker.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


May 7, 2009
3:02 AM

Post #6515318

Dicranopteris linearis, Uluhe, helps to reclaim areas that have been taken over by invasive weeds. It makes great mulch for native plants, and for root crops such as taro. I use it to mulch my fruit trees, and no longer have to waste time weed-eating!

Carol's climbing fern is Nephrolepis multiflora, the Sword Fern. It climbs up trees.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 7, 2009
4:48 AM

Post #6515684

And it climbs up my patience.

David has seen an area where I 'Rounded Up' ...can't remember the date but nothing...NOthing has grown back in 4 years!!!! Must have been the time of the year...it was solid ferns!!!!

Crossbow will kill Uluhe...takes some time...but it happens!!!!
blueskyfd11
Harrison Valley, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6519330

I don't know if this will help but this is what i do to eradacate any weeds etc. I put boiling hot water with alot of table salt in it, put in sprayer that has a pressurized tank and spray the crap out of anything in my way. Hope this helps!
ArchAngeL01
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 8, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6519668

i bet if if you poured boiling hot lava on them they will dye LOL
no really i bet if you puored boiling Hot water on them it will fry those dang weeeeeeedzzz

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


May 8, 2009
5:34 AM

Post #6520467

Regretfully, Nephrolepis multiflora is one of the few weeds that can inhabit new lava flows!
ArchAngeL01
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 9, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6524388

well i know they can't handle below freezing temps ,so you should flabergast them away with ice LOL er,how can we freeze them to death ?:\ any ideas? haha
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #6525806

Of all the invasives that the uninformed, stupids have poisoned these beautiful islands with, I dread the day when some dumby decides to bring in a pair of snakes. What a terrible, terrible tragedy that would be.

Would be worthy of "burning them at the stake".

LouC
blueskyfd11
Harrison Valley, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6531291

Would dry ice placed by the roots do it? But I don't know how expensive that would be or where to get it.
ArchAngeL01
Myrtle Beach, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6532053

i geuss you can get at your local grocery store...thats where are's is haha good luck!!
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

May 12, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6536948

I have sprayed the ferns with some Copper Sulphate...works like a charm but leaves the costas in the air!!!!

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