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BettyBoo2 says:

Hello, can anyone help. A neighbour sprayed a bleach-like substance on my ragwort plant about a week ago. I've been watering it a lot, which has perked it up but this has been done again and the poor plant is not looking well. It does perk up when I  give it lots of water, but flags again a few hours later. Can it be saved with lots of extra watering or is it a losing battle?


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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,423

    Why do you want to keep ragwort?

    Why does your neighbour keep spraying it?

    Are you talking to each other?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348

    I have the same questions as fidget....image

    However, the water will keep diluting the bleach, but eventually, the bleach will win and it'll keel over. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BettyBoo2BettyBoo2 Posts: 3

    This neighbour is a bit of a psychopath - last year they trampled my garden, and nothing was left growing, so I thought this year I'd let nature take over and have a wildlife garden and see if that would be left alone, but after more trampling, the ragwort was the only thing left flowering.

    Will the bleach damage the soil or will it just get diluted over time?

    I love the little fox in your picture by the way, fidgetbones

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    It's considered a weed, and she's probably afraid it will seed and spread to her garden. But she could have asked first!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,349

    I keep some ragwort for the cinnabar moth caterpillars.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BettyBoo2BettyBoo2 Posts: 3

    There's ragwort everywhere round here this Summer, it's very pretty. My plant seems to be doing OK, so hopefully will pull through? It has had several more days where it's wilted - I don't know if it's been attacked again or if the initial damage is resurfacing from time to time? This doesn't seem to bear any relation to weather or temperature, so I'm guessing it's had more spraying? Does anyone know how long after a spraying it would start to show signs of damage (so I can work out when it's being done and try and stop it)?

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