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Over 6 feet tall, large leaves, red stalk...weed?


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newtogardening

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Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:36 pm   Post subject: Over 6 feet tall, large leaves, red stalk...weed?


So I'm brand new to gardening and put in three Revolution Pepper plants. Two of them seemed to be doing well and now one of them looks like the pictures below. I think I've successfully grown a very happy and healthy weed. Am I correct? If so, what kind of weed is this?

Thanks for the help!


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newtogardening

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Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:52 pm   


It might help to mention that I live Texas and this specimen grew very quickly.

Is it just a giant ragweed?

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toni


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Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:40 pm   


Nope the leaves are wrong for Ragweed. And it does help to know that you are in Texas....hi from north Texas by the way.

I am thinking it is Amaranthus palmeri
or another Amaranth.

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newtogardening

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Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:38 pm   


I think you are absolutely correct. Thank you! It makes me a little sad as it is obviously growing much better than anything else in my fledgling garden!

I suppose I'll chop her down tonight. Do you think I can just cut it down to a stump to be rid of it or do I need to remove the root? It's planted very close to a fruitful pepper plant and I'd hate to damage it in the process.

Thanks again (from the Houston area)!

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calinromania

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Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:34 am   


i'd say up with its roots. if just cut to the ground, it will def. come back.

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daisybeans

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Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:40 am   


Maybe chop it (and keep an eye for regrowth) till your pepper is done and then address the root in the Fall? Just a thought.

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cherylad


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Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:05 pm   


Yeah.... we get those alot down here (near Houston).
Hard to get rid of.
Best of luck to ya!

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