Not so sweet

South Waikato News - - Out & About -

Choco­late vine has re­cently been banned from sale and landown­ers in the Waikato are re­quired to de­stroy it.

Dig out any small vines and seedlings, mak­ing sure that you re­move the root sys­tem.

With larger vines, cut the stems at ground level and keep cut­ting them through­out grow­ing pe­ri­ods.

Larger in­fes­ta­tions can be sprayed with a suit­able her­bi­cide. Check out waika­tore­gion.govt.nz/ choco­late-vine or weed­busters.org.nz for more con­trol de­tails.

To re­place choclate vine try the na­tive jas­mine akakiore or ko­hia (Pas­si­flora tetran­dra).

For non-na­tive al­ter­na­tives, try the at­trac­tive pur­ple co­ral pea (Har­den­ber­gia vi­o­lacea) or Chilean jas­mine (Man­dev­illa laxa).

-Weed Watch is sup­plied by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

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