Indian plum is a weed!

lilydudeMay 5, 2013

I grow a lot of NW native plants that are good food sources for birds. A few years ago, I started some Indian plum (Oemleria cerasiformis) from seed. They made a lot of fruit last year, which the birds cleaned off before they were even ripe. This year, hundreds of seedlings are popping up all over my garden beds, near and far from the mature plants. And they grow very fast. Bark mulch doesn't stop them from germinating.

I don't want to deprive the birds of this wonderful food source, but I will never be able to keep up with all these seedlings. I am considering killing the mature plants. Can anybody think of a better solution?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Pull up the little ones and leave the big ones.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:37AM
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lilydude

If I let them go, it will be thousands this year. You would not believe how much fruit these plants make in garden conditions. Maybe I can potty-train the birds. Just kidding.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:46AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

The woods all around me are full of them. They pop up here and there on my ten acres, but they never seem to be a problem. I leave a few and like the early bloom.
Mike

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:25PM
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