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Himalayan Balsam?

West Yorks, United Kingdom Gb

Our plot is covered in the stuff, I've lived in the south for many years and have never really come across the stuff but up here in West Yorks it's very widespread. What is the best way, organically, to get rid of it? Can it be composted?

On plant Impatiens glandulifera




It's a garden escapee that has naturalised in many places in damp soil. It is spead by seed which is hurled by the plant when ripe.
I guess the answer is to pull it up and don't let it run to seed

6 Sep, 2009


Yup, pull it up before it sets seeds.
Make sure the roots are dry before composting. Let the rest of the plant dry for a couple of days before composting.

6 Sep, 2009


I have always composted it wet when i have pulled it, usually not letting it flower. it composts well.

7 Sep, 2009

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