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Cultivating Bindweed !

So late winter/spring I sowed some lobeilia/allysumm seeds, these were a mix shop bought and some I took of plants from last year,  I recognised the lobeilia seedlings as I grew them last year and the Allysumm seedlings looked like some I googled but as they grew I started to think they didn't look quite like the plants I bought last year,  and with the recent nice weather and sudden shooting up I have started to think, that's definitely not Allysumm and my hunch was confirmed by my Great Aunt tonight, I am not getting  a lovely carpet of snow this Summer, but I have introduced a persistent weed to my Garden . I have read lots of helpful information on both this site and others , about how to get rid of it but the main mystery is where did it come from ? It definitely wasn't in my garden last year and from what I've read they don't seed , so only explanations seem to be either the compost or a mis labelled packet of Allysumm,  also would like to know if any other novices, have unwittingly given up precious window space to cultivate weeds in the spring 😂

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,436
    Did you use compost that contains recycled green waste? I send all my bindweed to the council. I suspect that it is not quite as cooked as they make it out to be and you have gained some in the compost.
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  • Did you use compost that contains recycled green waste? I send all my bindweed to the council. I suspect that it is not quite as cooked as they make it out to be and you have gained some in the compost.
    Not sure, possibly I switch brands , it was quite a concentrated batch , 
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,025
    Could they perhaps be Ipomoea - climbing convolvulus?? Morning Glory? the leaves are roughly the same as bindweed I think.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Bindweed can travel long distances underground, under tarmac, paving, concrete, whatever, then pops up anywhere it can find daylight.  So it might have found its way in from a nearby garden or waste ground.
  • The Bindweed grew on my window sill in a pot, the only way it got there is if I put it there
  • hogweed said:
    Could they perhaps be Ipomoea - climbing convolvulus?? Morning Glory? the leaves are roughly the same as bindweed I think.
    There is a very small chance it is, I don't think so because I have tried to grow morning glory 2 years on the trot and had little success , I did manage to get some seedlings this year but they are either playing dead or are dead , I pulled some up so suppose the test will be if they come back , and the seedlings were different, suppose if I find any more , I could stick a bamboo cane in if the flowers turn out white will know I have a problem if they are blue , can just leave em be 
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,909
    I've imported it somehow as well. I think it must have come in with a garden centre plant. Most likely it's arrived with your compost. Dig (rather than pull) it out whenever you see it and burn or bin what you dig up. If you keep on top of it now, while it's still relatively confined, you'll control it and eventually get rid of it again (it may take a while). It's not the worst weed you can have - pity those who have horsetail - it's much much worse.
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  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,291
    If they are only this years it's probably possible to dig them out, they won't have large stores of energy in the roots yet.
  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    Would hoeing bindweed before they take root eradicate it?  Like, when it is just little weedlings? 
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