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

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  1. newtogardening

    newtogardening New Seed

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    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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  2. newtogardening

    newtogardening New Seed

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

    Is it just a giant ragweed?
     
  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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.
     
  4. newtogardening

    newtogardening New Seed

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    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 Young Pine

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

    daisybeans Hardy Maple

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    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.
     
  7. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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