MetGel working on Moth Plant
Kia ora Andy,
Been doing some trials on MetGel and seed viability of moth plant. I treated some moth plant with MetGel last autumn and the reduction in seed germination from pods later collected was significant. The pods with the stem treated right next to it had no seeds germinate. (40% germination from the control) We will repeat the trial next autumn focussing on how much stem to treat and when. This will give us some certainty around what to tell people who have pods too high to reach. We already know that no matter when you cut it off at ground level the seeds will in the pods will mature and be viable – albeit not too many if it is done when the pods are small.
Biosecurity Specialist – Pest Plant Partnerships
Northland Regional Council » Te Kaunihera ā rohe o Te Taitokerau
NOTE FROM CUT’N’PASTE
Stop seed viability of moth plant. I treated some moth plant stems with MetGel. Reduction in seed germination from pods later collected was significant
It may also be worth trying this method for Mignonette Vine to render aerial tubers sterile.