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Asked by
Hollyp on
May 31, 2015
Lebanon, CT

Q. Killing nightshade

How to kill nightshade when it is growing up through a large shrub and can’t get to the roots? I was away for a couple of weeks and it had grown up through the shrub and across my small stoop. I had to cut it to enter the house. Later I identified it as nightshade and thoroughly washed my hands and arms.

Answered by
shelley on
May 31, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

If you are unable to dig up by the roots, then you will have to use an herbicide that contains glyphosate, which is discussed in the following article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/get-rid-nightshade.htm

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Asked by
mssassi on
July 14, 2015
Montana, zone 4

Q. Vining plant, fast growing, flowers turn into berries

My neighbor and I share a chain link fence. This summer, a vine appeared with small, purple flowers which eventually turn into small red berries. It grows fast, first using the fence as a trellis and now spreading about 3 feet in all 4 directions. We don’t know if it’s a weed or a plant. Any ideas?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 15, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

This is most likely Climbing Nightshade.

It is a very invasive plant. Weather it's a weed or flower can depend on the garden and gardener!
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/weeds/get-rid-nightshade.htm

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Asked by
docm1 on
September 7, 2015
Westhoughton, Bolton (UK)

Q. Could you please identify this plant

The plant grew as a seedling in a pot of chili plants. Seems the seed blew into the pot. The leaves look similar to a tomato plant with soft white hairs on the stem but it does not smell like tomato.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 8, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

It does look like a Tomato plant leaf, if it does not have the typical smell, it is likely something in the Nightshade plant family.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/nightshade-vegetable.htm

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Asked by
Synergy2016 on
July 10, 2016
92270 Zone 8

Q. potato tree

I have one of these trees and it is approximately 10 years old. This is the first year that I hardly have any leaves on it. She looks terrible and her stalks where the leaves grow are like totally brittle and dead. She has growth and some new leaves (very few) on the very ends of the stalks.

I tried cutting some of these out and nothing happened so now she sits with 1/2 of her thinned and 1/2 looking dead. Please help, I love this tree and this is the first year I have had problems with it. Thank you for your help.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 12, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

This shrub does need consistently moist soil, but never soggy.
Also if the plant had any winter stress, too cold of temperatures, it could be effecting it's health.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/potato-bush/potato-bush-information.htm

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Asked by
joleneaucoin on
September 2, 2017
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1B 3Y8

Q. Starting a new plant from kangaroo apple besh/tree?

I have a beautiful, healthy bush and would like to know what to do to start a new tree for next spring? I live in zone 3; we have the perfect growing conditions here in our hot summers! It’s in a big pit and is about 4′ tall and very happy!! What should I take from this plant to recreate next spring(2018)?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 5, 2017
Certified Expert
Asked by
antontennis on
February 17, 2018
Brakpan, Gauteng

Q. Blue Potato Bush

What type of bee (bumble bee?) are contantly humming about the blue potato bush flowers, mostly touch and go – so difficult to photograph. But let me try and upload photos – big and 2 white stripes on the back.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 18, 2018
Certified Expert
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I'm not familiar with the insects of your area, but if you take this photo to your local extension service then they will be able to tell you more about your native species. Here is the link to find the closest one to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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Asked by
Annetta48 on
June 27, 2018
Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48125

Q. How to eliminate woody nightshade from garden

I have developed an allergic reaction of burning, itching blisters if I handle woody nightshade; so I cannot pull it up by the root. I don’t want to use a chemical poison in the garden. Is there a natural product that will kill it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 1, 2018
Certified Expert
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