Please help I've recently moved into a new home with a lovely garden, and things are starting to grow up nicely but I've noticed that I have this vine or weed that keeps wrapping it self around the plants,, I try in vain to clear it but it just keeps coming back, how do I tell if it is Japanese knotweed or a Russian vine!!!!! I am a novice to gardening,, please send some advice please !! 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,809

    Japanese Knotweed doesn't wrap itself around things, so you can breathe more easily image

    You might have bindweed in the garden - there are two sorts, the white flowered which is larger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calystegia_sepium and the pink flowered which is smaller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convolvulus_arvensis .  

    Russian vine is a much larger plant  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2009/sep/24/gardens1 

    If you post a pic of the offending weed we'll have a go at identifying it for you - to post a pic you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar ar the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  Don't hesitate to ask if that's not clear image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Vivi 31Vivi 31 Posts: 7

    Many thanks for the help I hope you get the photo 




  • Looks like bindweed to me!

  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    I don't think it is knotweed.  We had knotweed and its leaves come off the stalk 'alternately' - ie first one leaf on one side, then another leaf on the other side.   I think your suspect has leaves coming off 'opposite' - ie two leaves coming at the same point on either side?

    Breathe easy!

    If it's bindweed it is a nuisance but definitely beatable.  This forum will give you lots of great advice on how to get rid of it.  Have fun in your new garden!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,809

    Not Knotweed - that's a Definite image

    Looks like the white flowered bindweed to me.  

    You're not the only one with the problem - here's a previous post with discussion about getting rid of it http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/bindweed/125897.html 

    Good luck and don't hesitate to come back and ask more questions image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Vivi 31Vivi 31 Posts: 7

    Thank you all so much, I now feel relieved that it's not the dreaded knotweed and can get out and enjoy cleaning up the garden 

    thank you 


  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,090

    Bindweed can be difficult to completely eradicate but pulling it out, not hoeing as that just chops it up into small pieces which will each grow, and disposing of in the bin will reduce the problem.

    If you feel up to it you can dig it out.  The roots are long, white and stiff, quite unlike most other roots.  It can be quite a job but worth it.

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