Indian balsam - This is how it is combated

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The Indian balsam, as its name implies, was supposed to be native only to the Asian continent. Read here how you can fight the herb.

Indian balsam is slightly poisonous

Balsam is spreading very strong
Recently, it has been increasingly found that the up to two-meter-tall plant is also spreading in our gardens, forests and meadows. In the process, even the native flora has been pushed back, in some cases completely displaced from their regular places. The reason for this is that a single bog herb plant can produce several thousand seeds and squanders them within a radius of up to 7 meters, which naturally opens up new balsam and grows from June to October with a pretty, pretty pink flower.

Balsam is very undemanding
Moreover, the Indian balsam, also called glandular balsam, is extremely undemanding. The balsam grows even in semi-shade and wetlands such as on the banks, which further facilitates its proliferation, especially since the seeds are germinating for several years. Although the balsam is only one of the annual plants!

Indian balsam - This is how it is combated
You can prevent the balsam from spreading rapidly by keeping the Indian balsam as low as possible within your garden. Or you remove the balsam entirely from your garden. Which in turn represents an advantage for the neighboring garden, which may not want this plant and still have to count on the seed flight with a rising of the same.

The individual plant stems should be pulled together with the root of the soil, which is easy to do just in case of moisture. Afterwards, the plants should be disposed of with household waste in order to permanently remove them from the gardens. Because in the compost or the brown bin, the seeds would survive and spread again.

The balsam is slightly poisonous
The control of balsam can sometimes even take several years, because the seed, as already mentioned, keeps long germinable. Moreover, the balsam is considered slightly poisonous, so children should not come in contact with the plant. And even the utility value for bees has recently been seriously questioned.

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