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Did you Ever Regret Planting Something?

Posted by desertdance So.CA LowDesert (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 7, 12 at 20:19

I planted an Agave near the front door, and 8 years later, it has taken over the entire porch! Plus it has these babies! OMG! Holy Nightmare! We finally hit it with round-up. It's gone, gone, gone!!

Suzi


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I call it deleting, and it happens all the time. Just deleted a wigelia which was not doing well. It's just part of gardening.


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I think it would take me less time to tell you what I have not regretted planting.
But yes, Blue Agave is among the plants I need to remove.
Renee


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I research quite a bit so not much really. I have torn things out that didn't do as well as I hoped but nothing was a nightmare.
I do regret putting my sago in the ground. It's now back in a pot and doing fabulous again.


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I research too, but many of my favorite plants seem to be the most irksome; palms, yuccas and agaves, so I basically decided I will pay the consequences for growing what I love.

I just dug up my Agave Americana last week and moved it over a few feet. I had been eyeing it for the last year thinking I should move it, It is only about 3 ft. so was still manageable, and it only took about 5 minutes.

And how can I forget, I regretted most of my whole first planting of my current garden. I ripped out all of the roses and dayliles and shrubs that I had moved over and planted less than a year earlier!


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 8, 12 at 16:54

No, never. How else do you learn what not to grow?

;^)


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Morning glory and Mexican primrose. Both have nice flowers but are invasive.


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  • Posted by bob_b Sunset 14, Ca. (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 8, 12 at 19:49

Yes, I have many times regretted planting something. Often times, the decision to rip it out or not is a very difficult one, especially if you have invested a lot of effort and time in the plant, sometimes even years. But if something inside you keeps saying it's the wrong plant, most of the time it is. I've very seldom regretted taking out a plant that I had real second thoughts about -- most recently a native elderberry that I wanted to train into a small, umbrella like tree but which insisted on being a rampant, coarse, elderberry, best left to its native haunt.

RB


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I love Morning Glories, but I do know they are invasive. We are seeking some acreage for our orchards and vineyards, and I might just put some glory on the fence and let them co-mingle with blackberries. My grandpa did that, and wow!

Round-up made short work of that 8 year old Agave. It's gone. Since it's by the front door, I might just put some stock and petunias there.

Suzi


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That's what lopping shears and shovels are for. My biggest regret is buying a house with a thriving stand of bamboo.


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  • Posted by jjjb 9b/ss18-19 (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 9, 12 at 14:00

jxbrown above....."My biggest regret is buying a house with a thriving stand of bamboo."

Why? What is wrong with growing bamboo in yard?
New to California so this might be a stupid question.


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Running bamboo spreads and pops up everywhere in the yard. My husband sqys that one morning we'll wake up and find a 6' sprout in the middle of our living room.


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 9, 12 at 18:43

Happened to an old neighbor of ours. 6' cane in the middle of the garage floor.


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In the middle of a wood floor in a guest house in Venice, CA.


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Wow! And I was complaining about Agave which does have pups and can spread, but bamboo sounds terrible! What if the dude next door plants it? It knows no bounds. Yikes!!


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  • Posted by jenn SoCal 9/19 (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 12, 12 at 1:29

Wow, just the thought of running bamboo gives me shivers.

I regret planting Ipheion, the tiny bulb that produces cute little clumps of garlic-scented grass with cute little periwinkle star-shaped flowers on top. Cute..... until a few bulbs (literally, a few, like 3-4) multiply into HUNDREDS, and spread by seed through the entire yard, coming up EVERYWHERE, and now you have THOUSANDS that you'll never get rid of without overhauling your entire front yard. I shiver when I find a tiny sprout and promptly remove it with the shovel.

From this I've learned to read plant descriptions more carefully. Phrases such as "Naturalizes and tolerates any soil, in sun or shade" mean "Plant in the back forty and forget about it, neglect it, let it cook in the sun and freeze in winter, and in a few years it will become your biggest nightmare."


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  • Posted by jenn SoCal 9/19 (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 13, 12 at 11:06

Wait... back up. Renee, did you say "In the middle of a wood floor in a guest house"???

What is the rest of the story? That is the stuff of nightmares!!!


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Paperwhites... I hate'em. They stink and reproduce like rabbits! Still... not as bad as 4 o'clocks. OMG! I'm STILL pulling those darn things out! Just when I think I've got'em all, suddenly a "straggler" appears. Yikes. Never again. miteymo


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A lot of digging, Jenn. It was a rental. The rhizomes die back if you break them off enough times.

I agree, Miteymo! One Four O'Clock and I still have them coming up six years later.


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NIgella. I planted one six pack and ten years later am still pulling them out. About two years after the first planting I determined to eradicate them and every time I think they're gone, some pop up somewhere. I haven't let one go to seed in a long time, so their seeds are clearly extremely persistent.


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 18, 12 at 15:34

Italian Cypress. Horribly overused in landscapes across the city. Moth, spider and vermin habitats going 20' in the air. Funky looking tips, hollow and/or dead sections, ugly side branches, and over all shabby and dirty looking appearance. I cut them down and planted citrus in that spot, and I have never looked back.


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  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 19, 12 at 10:10

Stachys chamissonis, coast hedge nettle. It's native, pretty and hummingbirds are crazy about it; what's not to love? Well, one tiny plant rapidly spread over the entire front garden. (It was like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the mint family.) Even though it was everywhere, it hardly bloomed because it didn't get enough sun. Worst of all, it makes me break out in a poison oak like rash so I have to wear long sleeves and gloves when weeding. It's under control now, but I will never be able to eradicate it.


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Pink Jasmine!!!
There was a little plant on the back deck which was struggling when I moved in, but with my green thumb, it flourished. And flourished. Then, when it was ready for the invasion, it took over my entire house. It went under the crawlspace and now pops up through all the walls and fixtures in my 1924 bungalow. Then it kept going over 30 feet through the crawl space and is now in the front yard. Although I grow organic, I bought Round-Up for the first time a few years ago. The Jasmine just laughed--didn't bother it a bit. Now, looking under my house, I can see Jasmine roots literally bigger than my wrist. Someday I intend to hire someone really skinny to go under there and clear it out (there is only a vent, no real access to my crawl space) but meanwhile I just keep pulling the green shoots out of my light fixtures and floor.
Do NOT plant Pink Jasmine next to your house!!!

Carla in Sac


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^ Uh oh. I think my jasmine is about to bust a move under my deck. Another vote for Mexican evening primrose, and adding Wisteria. We had to move. Put me off vines for a VERY long time.


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The things I regret planting are the ones that died, for one reason or another, and these include a mamey tree, avodcado, and papaya. Basically, I have the wrong kind of soil - very heavy clay that holds water like a swimming pool, and the roots could not drain. I have a lot of plants in wine barrel planters now, and they are doing much better, but of course some trees would be too big for a planter, I think. I never planted anything that wasn't easy to kill. I've made the mistake of planting some things too close together, and the agave comes to mind - I did not leave as much space around it as I would now like, but it still has sufficient room.

There were a lot of things that I regret that the previous owner of the house planted, but we pretty much got rid of those, which included a birch tree, two plum trees that never produced, and an ornamental peach tree, which I replaced with bananas and heliconia. We also dug up most of the roses and gave them to friends - they require too much maintenance and the flowers clashed with my color scheme.

I planted a passion vine that took over one wall of my back yard in Venice rather quickly and made way more passionfruit that I could use - up to 60 to 80 a day in the summer. We got rid of it because the fruit attracted possums. We had a trumpet vine on the same wall, which made beautiful flowers that bloomed pretty much all year, but the dead part of the vine were difficult to remove and irritated my allergies. We had a Golden Chalise vine on the opposite wall, and it tended to grow everywhere, but it was very easy to cut back and control. It also had the hugest flowers.

Lars


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A groundcover infected with rootknot nematodes. I put it in the shade all over the place. Groundcover finally died, leaving the nematodes behind to haunt me forever.


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I feel your pain, Kittymoonbeam. My veggie garden is now a dirt garden.


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Morning Glory and Cats Paw.


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mint. What a noob!

and Wisteria. Big mistake....


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