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Being Beastly to Bluebells

B3B3 Posts: 24,435
Over the the years, I have fought a half-hearted battle a against Spanish bluebells. As usual, they are popping through the perennials. This year, I have decided to only pull out the leaves, but leave the flowers so that they can look pretty . Then I will dead-head before they set seed.
It might even weaken the bulb more that removing everything.

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Please let us know how you get on.  I'm open to any suggestions for getting rid of the !"£$%^&*(s.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,435
    Will do
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I have a batch of them thanks to the neighbours having a whole bank of them next doors...may try this approach and see if it thins out the colony. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • James 11James 11 Posts: 35
    Anyone ever tried direct injection with herbicide? Aside from that I've heard trampling is fairly effective over a long period of time but might not be practical in a border..
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Has anyone ever, or heard of anyone ever, eliminating them completely?  I suspect  it would take a neutron bomb.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,435
    I've accepted that they will never be gone completely, but by June I'll have forgotten about them until next year.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    If there are any English bluebells in the neighbourhood it's better to remove the flowers too, so they don't cross with the English ones.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,008
    edited March 2019
    Four days ago WillDB said they should be classed as a notifiable weed !.........couldn't agree more !
    Put Muscari into that category too .
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    I have been digging these pets out of our gardens and took them to the tip. I was speaking to a woman there and she told me to put salt in the middle of the plant. I have never tried this but as we have so many of them anythings worth ago.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,008
    I've never heard of that one Dee73 , but like you say :- "anything's worth a go "
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