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Hi all,

purchased this property and recently found this below. Could you help me identify it and any advice of what to do would be very very helpful! Thank you!!


  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,363
    edited June 2020
    Have you got any of the leaves? I can see an ivy leaf but the roots don't look right for ivy
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  • Dave HumbyDave Humby HampshirePosts: 1,131
    I don't want to be alarmist, and have no personal experience, but looking at some images on the net there does seem to be a resemblance to Japanese knot Weed. Hopefully not and hopefully someone with better knowledge can help but you may wish to look at images of the plant and see if it matches your foliage which you have removed.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159
    Let the leaves grow back, then give a good dowsing with glyphosate. Whatever it is , you don't want it there. Every time it sends out more leaves, spray it again.  Wear disposable plastic gloves, and do not inhale the spray.  Spray on a calm day as glyphosate will kill any green plant.
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,571
    edited June 2020
    Hello and welcome, @adamtgrant.

    Did you cut down the clump of shoots in the first two pictures?  Like @Dave Humby I'm a bit suspicious as to what they might be... don't suppose there was any mention of japanese knotweed in the survey, or in the information supplied by the vendors?  If there was japanese knotweed there, and the vendors didn't tell you, I think you have a legal case against them.  You need to let it grow leaves, and then get it identified properly.  If it is indeed japanese knotweed, it IS possible to kill it yourself, but you have to use glyphosate at the right strength and at the right time of year - late summer, when it comes into flower.  It may grow back but you'll get the better of it eventually.  Or of course you could get a specialist company in.

    If it's not JK, Fidgetbones's spraying regime should work.

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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Leycesteria or pheasant berry has hollow stems and birds love the berries so it could have self seeded?
    Have a look at neighbour's gardens if you can to see if anyone has one.

  • KT53KT53 South WestPosts: 6,835
    How long have you been in the property?  How tall was the plant when you cut it back?  Do you still have any of the stems available to post a photo?
  • Thank you all. Unfortunately I wasn’t here when my wife cut back the plant. But it was Roughly 2m in height and prior to that She says it had appeared to of been cut back. particularly Dissapointed this was not identified during the survey. There was pots in front of it, looked like it hidden. Unfortunately for us, this is our first buy and we paid a lot for NatWest to survey it properly. Obviously we’re not experienced in identifiying every inch of the house prior to buying - but we paid for them to do this. I’ll get some more images , thank you all
  • We moved in the property 1st December 
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