This plant called Himalayan balsam is a very attractive plant but it is also a problematic plant, most especially in the British Isles. Himalayan balsam plant comes from Asia, although it has actually spread into other habitats where it has push out other native plants and cause serious havoc on the environment.

Furthermore, the Himalayan balsam plants are actually native to Asia. According to history in the early 19th century, the plant were brought to the British Isles to be planted in most gardens, and not quite long they escaped into the wild, where they began to cause a number of serious problems. Himalayan balsam plant is attracted to damp areas like river banks, where they really grow in clusters that can reach ten feet (3 m.) in height. 

The plant was able to shade out other shorter native plants because of its height. This plant is an annual and it can dies back in the winter, thereby leaving bare spaces that would normally be inhabited by native grasses. Himalayan balsam plants are also a vigorous producer of nectar that draws pollinators away from native plants, thereby putting their pollination and reproduction in jeopardy.

Steps on how to control Himalayan balsam plants

How to control this plant is a 2 part endeavor – either by removing the existing plants and preventing the spread of the seed. This plant is like other balsam flower that reproduces by seed, and the plant will put out up to eight hundred of them every year. These seeds can really travel a short distance through the air or miles and miles most especially if they get caught up in a river or stream. It is very important to time your Himalayan balsam plant control so you don’t inadvertently spread more seeds. One of the best time is early to mid-summer before the seeds mature. One of the most effective methods of controlling Himalayan balsam plant is cutting and hand pulling. And again herbicides also work but only as a last resort.

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