Lonicera japonica organic eradication - Knowledgebase Question

Rogers, Ar
Question by rpekel1
March 14, 2010
I am involved with a native plant restoration project at the local community college. What are my choices of organic control for japanese honeysuckle?

Answer from NGA
March 14, 2010


The obvious answer is hand pulling and hand digging but you can also try cutting the stems back low to the ground - repeatedly. The roots are storing lots of energy but it takes energy to develop stems and foliage. If you consistently cut the new sprouts down before they develop leaves, the roots will eventually run out of stored energy and will die out. You can also try pouring boiling water on the stubs (watch your feet!) or full strength vinegar. Just keep at it and you'll eventually win the battle!

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