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Post Horsetail as a mulch thoughts please
After a discussion on bambooweb about best mulches for bamboo it seem many use chipped culms and leaves as they have a high silica (as do I ) but it's hard to get enough,one person uses Arundo donax ,anyway I have loads of Horsetail growing on my nursery which is a plant with a high contents of silica also ,what's people's thoughts on useing horsetail ? Any input would be appreciated


Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:40 pm
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Post Re: Horsetail as a mulch thoughts please
If the plant on your nursery is Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail), I strongly suggest you do not use it to mulch your bamboos or incorporate it in anything distributed to customers. This species is highly invasive and very hard to eradicate; rhizomes need very little moisture to survive and the plant regenerates with unbelievable speed from the smallest of fragments. Other horsetails may also be invasive in the right conditions but are more containable. Equisetum telmateia (Great Horsetail) is the one that grows in ditches with fat white stems and whorls of leaves. I should think severed stems of this would usable. Have a look on google to identify the species and if it is arvense, avoid it like the plague ! I write from bitter experience.


Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:14 pm
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Post Re: Horsetail as a mulch thoughts please
jeremy1908 wrote:
If the plant on your nursery is Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail), I strongly suggest you do not use it to mulch your bamboos or incorporate it in anything distributed to customers. This species is highly invasive and very hard to eradicate; rhizomes need very little moisture to survive and the plant regenerates with unbelievable speed from the smallest of fragments. Other horsetails may also be invasive in the right conditions but are more containable. Equisetum telmateia (Great Horsetail) is the one that grows in ditches with fat white stems and whorls of leaves. I should think severed stems of this would usable. Have a look on google to identify the species and if it is arvense, avoid it like the plague ! I write from bitter experience.

Thanks Jeremy it is Equisetum Arvense and it grows all over my nursery ,my nursery is where I grow my 42 different species of bamboos (and still adding ) ,I don't sell it ,I would only mulch with the cut off tops and not the roots , I am not really worried about spreading it as it is every where anyway , I understand your concern


Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:58 pm
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Post Re: Horsetail as a mulch thoughts please
42 bamboos and rising :) ! If you get time could you put some pictures on here ?


Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:17 am
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