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?
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.
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?
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
How do you get rid of poke weed?
This article tells you how: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pokeweed/controlling-pokeberry-plants.htm
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?
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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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.
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.)
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?
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