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How to Grow Kudzu

Tifton B.Merritt is a writer, raconteur and afficionado of all things Southern. Here are his directions on the finer points of kudzu culture. Get a printable PDF file of this HOW TO GROW KUDZU by Tifton B. Merritt All you beginning gardeners out there might want to consider growing kudzu as a fine way to...

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Kudzu – Control

Q: Please settle a family argument! I say kudzu has flowers – they say it does not. Who is right? A: How would there be baby kudzu if there were no seed?! Kudzu certainly has flowers – they are small, purple/white and appear in late summer. The smell reminds many people of grape Kool-Aid. The...

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Kudzu Bug – Control

First we had kudzu vine…now we have kudzu bugs! I guess it makes sense. This pest of kudzu plants in Asia somehow travelled to the US and now anyone living near a patch of kudzu often spots the insects on their green beans, on their home walls and sometimes crawling in their home. Kudzu bug...

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Kudzu Bug – On Fig

Q: I found hundreds of these insects on my fig. Are they the kudzu bugs discovered in 2009? A: You are exactly correct – you have a great memory! The bug is the globular stinkbug (aka kudzu bug),  Megacopta cribraria. It seems to have arrived on plant material from Asia. Because it eats other legumes,...

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Kudzu Bug – In Garden (Beans and Peas)

When kudzu bugs first appeared in 2009, crop scientists predicted they would eventually become a problem….. but they weren’t sure where or how. One gardener sent me pictures of her damaged beans which were covered with kudzu bugs. I initially diagnosed this as kudzu bug damage, but Dr. Wayne Gardner, who leads the effort in...

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Kudzu Bugs – Treat Outdoors

Q: You answered a Q&A last week about brown marmorated stink bugs on a house. I haven’t seen any of those, but I have seen many kudzu bugs over the past three years. A: Yes, there are LOTS of kudzu bugs around now. Like the marmorated stinkbug, they aggregate on houses in fall. The treatment...

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Kudzu Bug – On Wisteria

The kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, has quickly become a nuisance in Georgia. While it seems to lightly damage kudzu, the creatures wander into homes by the dozens (if not hundreds) in fall and spring. Now they have been caught damaging wisteria too! Charles T. sends great pictures of these insects massing on his wisteria vine...

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Kudzu Bug (Stinkbug) – Damage to Eyes

Q: A kudzu bug flew in my eye and you could not believe the pain it caused! What do they contain that would cause that reaction? A: Yow, I can imagine the burning pain! Since it is a member of the stinkbug family, kudzu bug “juice” can be very irritating. It is a mix of...

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Kudzu – Other Uses

Q: As a chemist and a plant lover, you seem to be the best person to answer this question. What’s the hold up on using kudzu to power cars? Think how many problems this would solve: no pollution, land under cultivation instead of covered with subdivisions, no foreign oil dependence, no oil slicks, no drilling...

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Vines – Replacing Kudzu

Q: I am about to dig up some sun-blocking wisteria vines because a swarm of kudzu bugs is all over my windows and door. What type of fast growing vine can I put in it’s place that won’t be attractive to kudzu bugs? A: Kudzu bug has become a real problem this year. Besides killing...

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Kudzu- Slow Control With Glyphosate

Q: We are building a new home. Right now the area that is to become the front yard is a thriving “Hill-o-Kudzu”! Currently we are using Roundup on it. It seems to kill the kudzu back short term but new sprouts re-emerge. Is there a better way? A: You just have to be patient. The...

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Kudzu – Recipes

Kudzu is the vine that tried to eat the South. The newly introduced kudzu bug is attempting to consume this fast growing vine; why not do your part and eat some kudzu too? I found several recipes that seem easy to try. See Angela Gellaspie’s Kudzu Recipes  ...

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Kudzu Bugs Bothering You?

Those folks living near kudzu patches have known about the kudzu bug since 2009. This olive green/brown insect is about the size of a ladybug and imparts a distinct smell to the area where they congregate. It is well known to congregate on home siding as fall approaches, trying to get into wall cracks to...

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Kudzu- Cars

Q: As a chemist and a plant lover, you seem to be the best person to answer this question. What’s the hold up on using kudzu to power cars? Think how many problems this would solve: no pollution, land under cultivation instead of covered with subdivisions, no foreign oil dependence, no oil slicks, no drilling...

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Kudzu Bug – Control Organically

Q: I just discovered a really bad infestation of kudzu bugs on the beans in our garden. I looked into using spinosad and unfortunately we cannot use it because of our honeybees. From what I have read, it is highly toxic to the bees. The beetles seem particularly heavy on the beans that are putting...

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Wisteria – Remove Due to Kudzu Bug?

Q: Am I going to have to cut down the wisteria on my pergola to get rid of the massive amount of kudzu bugs hanging out on it? The wisteria is just starting to bloom. A: I hate to destroy a pretty vine due to the bugs. You can manage their numbers by spraying with...

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Kudzu as a Farm Crop – USDA Farmers Bulletin No. 1923

I recently found a faded copy of Kudzu as a Farm Crop in my “way back” files. Asking around, the Gwinnett Extension office had a better copy. This brought back further memories of my grandfather, Walter Cowart, who was a community leader in Campbell County (now south Fulton County) back in the 1920’s. At that...

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Kudzu – Growing Indoors

Q: I live in Nevada and would like try growing kudzu as a indoor house plant. Do you know where I can purchase seeds? A: As we say in the South “Margie, Margie, Margie….are you tetched in the head?” But we also say “Here – hold my beer while I try this!” You obviously know...

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Kudzu Bugs – Killing With Insecticide

Q: I cannot take it any longer, those little kudzu bugs are driving me out of my mind! There are thousands. They are in my hair, bed and everywhere. If I cut out my wisteria, will they just find something else to munch on in my yard? A: Any garden insecticide will kill kudzu bugs,...

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Giant Ragweed – Identification

Q: I have a very strange plant that has apparently killed or is stunting kudzu on my vacant lot. This is not a joke. The kudzu began healthy as usual this year, but was suddenly—and I mean suddenly—overtaken and stunted down to tiny plants around the middle of July. What has taken its place is a...

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