It is sometimes called the “mile-a-minute vine” or simply the Russian flowering vine, Polygonum balschuanicum. It is a fast-growing vine that can cover walls and fences within a matter of months. The Russian vine is a persistent growth force that homeowners quickly discover. You must use both chemical and mechanical control to kill Russian vines. It is best to get rid of it in the fall before temperatures drop. This is when they are more susceptible to being subject to herbicide systemic damage.
Also known as the mile a minute-vine, is the flowering Russian vine Polygonum Baldschuanicum.
- It is best to get rid of it in the fall, as soon as the temperatures start to drop. This is when they are most vulnerable to being subject to systemic herbicides.
Use a pair lopping shears to cut the vines at 7.5-10 cm (3-4 inches) above the ground.
Use a paintbrush that has been soaked in a glyphosate systemic herbicide to paint every cut of the vine. It is dangerous to wait more than 30 seconds before applying the herbicide.
With a pair of pruning shears, remove the climbing vines from any structure or tree they may be attached to.
You should monitor the area around cut stumps for signs of regrowth. The regrowth should be sprayed or painted with a systemic insecticide prior to reaching 30 cm (one foot) high.
If you wish, remove the roots of the Russian vine.