Araujia hortorum. Also known as Moth Plant, Kapok Vine, Araujia Sericifera. Smothers native vegetation and has an impact on forestry.
Wear gloves before handling the plant or its fruit.
The first and most important management tool for Moth Plant is to not allow it to go to seed. Seeds are wind dispersed and can be blown long distance’s, this along with the share quantity of seeds is what makes this plant the pest that it is. Remove seed pods as soon as they start to grow, dispose of them in your rubbish.
Keep an eye out for new seedlings and pull these out, as the vine grow’s it gets much harder to pull out, often forming a thick trunk. For large plants that can not be pulled out, trace the stems back to the base, cut the vine off at the base and dispose off in the rubbish.
Trace the vines back to the base, cut off then apply Cut N Paste Met Gel to the base. Pull vines down and dispose of in the rubbish or landfill.
Care should be taken when using Met Gel near desirable plants as it can be carried from the roots into the soil affecting nearby species. Do not use near edible crops.
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