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Questions About Pokeweed

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2014

Q. Common Pokeweed

Common pokeweed was growing last year at the edge of my property and has left unsightly large white stalks. Since pokeweed is toxic, is is okay to burn last year’s dead stalks?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 22, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

I would not recommend burning the plants. If you wait until the soil is saturated and use a good shovel for the job, you may find it easier than you think to pop the large fleshy roots out of the ground. If that sounds like too much work, you can treat the plants with an herbicide. Glyphosate will do the job. Keep an eye on the treated plants, and spray them again if they re-sprout.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 8, 2015

Q. Poke Weed

Poke weed has volunteered in my garden and I have left it, as I have a bird/butterfly/bee garden and birds love the berries. However, I know that almost every part of the adult plant is poisonous to humans, and so I wondered about the deer which have nibbled almost all of one large plant. Are they, like birds, immune to its poison, or should I spray it for deer repellant like I do most of the rest of my plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 10, 2015
Certified Expert
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It is indeed poisonous, but the deer are able to eat it without any issues. Go figure! That being said, this plant can quickly get out of hand if not kept under control. Should you find yourself having problems with pokeweed and need to get rid of it, however, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pokeweed/controlling-pokeberry-plants.htm

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Asked by
Joyce Kubasak on
August 11, 2017
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Q. Pokeweed

How do you get rid of poke weed?

Answered by
shelley on
August 11, 2017
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
July 4, 2018

Q. Pokeweed

I have tomato plants near the pokeweed. Two have strange curling of the leaves. What plants don’t do well near pokeweed and will its poison be in my tomatos?

Answered by
MichiganDot on
July 5, 2018
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Pokeweed is going to heavily compete with your tomatoes for water and nutrients. And it may shade the tomatoes at some point. These are my biggest concerns. Pokeweed "soil" isn't toxic; one has to ingest pokeweed plant parts to suffer ill effects. Pokeweed develops a very dense colony quickly by underground lateral roots that send up new plants. At this point it is difficult to eradicate the plant since the roots go deep and wide. Each bit of root left behind will send up a baby plant.

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mimisgardenandgifts on
October 14, 2018
Fallbrook, CA
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Downtoearthdigs on
October 15, 2018
Asked by
md444444444 on
June 12, 2019
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Q. Poke Grows in the North

Why do you say that Poke grows in the Southern USA? I’m growing it in my garden in Massachusetts, and it is growing all over the place around here. Why not say the truth, that it grows everywhere in the United States of America.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 12, 2019
Certified Expert
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It is a very invasive plant that will grow just about anywhere. It is just prominent in the South. It will get into everything, and spread 4 fold the next year. It is often mentioned as something from the South because it is a bit of an annoyance to most from there. (It is incredibly invasive in the South.)

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Asked by
willderrness on
July 6, 2019
Asheville, NC 28805 Zone 7a

Q. Can you compost Pokeberry leaves?

I have a large pokeberry plant and I want to compost the leaves before they flower… I know they are poison but I don’t want to eat them… just compost them… any issues?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 6, 2019
Certified Expert
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Yes, composting with them is completely safe. They are self composted elsewhere in their natural habitat. If you want to be sure, make sure your compost pile reaches optimum composting temperatures.

This article will help you to compost properly: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/ultimate-beginners-guide-composting.htm

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