While Japanese knotweed is always first to grab the negative headlines when it comes to destructive garden weeds, the last month has seen a rise in cases of its often-overlooked offspring, Bohemian knotweed.
Despite being less famous than its Asian counterpart, Bohemian knotweed can be just as destructive, if not more so.
To spare your home life from this monstrosity, here’s a quick overview to help keep your property free of this horticultural horror.
What is Bohemian Knotweed?
Also known as Hybrid knotweed, the Bohemian version is the result of cross-fertilisation between Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed.
Much like the Japanese and giant varieties, Bohemian knotweed spreads rapidly through its rhizome network, with the ability to cause untold damage to buildings and residential properties.
As such, it’s important to catch it early and begin treatment as soon as its presence is detected.
Any Way the Wind Blows
While it may be lesser-known than its infamous parents, Dr Peter Fitzsimons of the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Group notes that hybrid plants can be even more harmful than the parent plant.
Bohemian knotweed is no exception to this rule and has the potential to be a cause for concern.
“In other parts of the world where Hybrid knotweed is more common, they are seeing signs of fertile seed production,” says Fitzsimons. “The existence of seed-producing hybrid knotweeds may enable these plants to spread even more rapidly.”
Another One Bites the Dust
Much like Japanese knotweed and giant knotweed, Bohemian knotweed is listed under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
While it can be disruptive around buildings and potentially have a negative effect on mortgages and house price, it can be controlled using established techniques and processes.
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