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Reston, Va
Novagrdnr
May 29, 2018 9:19 PM CST
I have a raised vegetable garden where I have an area for strawberry plants. I keep the plants from year to year. This year I noticed I have a poison ivy vine growing throughout the strawberries. I don't know how it got there other than by birds. Anyway, my question is can you eat strawberries that may have been in contact with the poison ivy plant. I took my chances and picked the ripe ones and it then dawned on me that I could be harmed if I eat the berries. Do you know if berries carry the harmful oil from the poison ivy? Can I eat the strawberries without harm? Thank you for your knowledge.
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greene
May 29, 2018 10:02 PM CST
Would you mind posting a photo or several photos to show the poison ivy among the strawberries? Just want to make sure it really is poison ivy as there can be some look-alike plants.
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bumplbea
May 29, 2018 11:21 PM CST
Hello Novagrdnr,
And Welcome!

That is a really good question. All parts of the poison ivy plant , roots, stem leaves are poisonous . The question could the toxins spread thru the roots by touching the plant roots spread to other near by plants such as the strawberries.Just to be on the safe side any poison ivy growing close by the strawbwerries, I would not take the chance .
Can you contact your county extension service?

I know that when a toxic spray is applied to a weed and that if that weed root touches another plants root system close by and nothing toxic was applied to it, there still is a chance that the roots can be exposed to the weeds toxic spray thru the roots once the weed ingests the toxins applied and cause the other plants to die thru contamination thru the root systems.

Not sure how the poison ivy toxin spreads. Does it become inert in soil? Does that mean not to plant any new plants in that same spot?

I can touch plants growing next to poison ivy and not be exposed to the poison ivy toxins unless the leaves are shinny and the leafs oil spreads the toxins onto other plants thru wind.

I have never injested any strawberries or eatables exposed to poison Ivy. Even if a dog has brushed by a poison ivy plant the oils adhere to the fur. If touched then the toxins can cause rashes and blisters.

Removal of all the poison ivy can be tricky. Usually a paint brush can be used to apply poison ivy liquid and not effect the near by plants.

Definitely food for thought! Whistling

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Philipwonel
May 30, 2018 6:08 AM CST
Using paint brush to apply herbicide sounds good, but DONT DO IT ! Thumbs down
I did it with a nut grass weed, growing fairly close to a squash plant. The nut grass died, but recovered. The squash plant died, it didn't recover.
I belive ! The intertwined roots spread the herbicide to the squash roots.
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Reston, Va
Novagrdnr
May 30, 2018 7:49 PM CST
Here are a few pictures.
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Reston, Va
Novagrdnr
May 30, 2018 8:37 PM CST
I think this vine is not poison ivy but Virginia Creeper.

Now I feel silly for this post but I did learn a lot about poison ivy and how even the roots can cause issues with other plants.

Doesn't look like Virginia Creeper will be a issue for the berries so unless I hear otherwise from someone from this group, I plan to eat my strawberries!

Thank you all for your input.

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bumplbea
May 31, 2018 12:06 AM CST

The picture is definitely Virginia creeper. Not poison ivy. So eat your yummy strawberries.

Puzzle solved!

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pepper23
May 31, 2018 6:42 PM CST
You will want to get rid of the Virginia Creeper when you get a chance. It will smother out your strawberries in no time at all.
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Philipwonel
Jun 1, 2018 6:14 AM CST
I agree 👍👍
Don't let it get a Foot Hold !
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Novagrdnr
Jun 1, 2018 4:23 PM CST
Thank you all for all your advice. Great group you have here!

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