Wild Cucumber Vine

Wild Cucumber Vine

Wild cucumber vine is a weed comprising three similar plants: Cucumis myriocarpus, Marah macrocarpus and Echinocystis lobata. They can grow up to 6 meters in length and they can effortlessly climb on any trees in a short period. The fruit of the vine is not edible and they will die in winter days. To make a better controlling on them, you should do some work from the beginning they start to climb on your trees.

Wild cucumbers are a type of weed which should be well controlled. They are very invasive especially in some areas where there are other supporting plants. The best time to control the spread of wild cucumber vines are in spring when their seeds are not produced. You can simply drag them out by hands or using some tools. Some herbicide such as glyphosate can be used to kill the roots of the remaining plants. Please avoid using the spray in windy days to ensure the effect. During the next spring, you should keep an eye on any seedlings coming out from the ground and remove them as soon as possible. Doing this can effectively stop them from climbing on your trees. You can also do this work using some herbicide instead of hands.

Alghout wild cucumber is considered as a weed, it sometimes can be used as herb medicines to cure illness. Ancient people also use them for decorating purposes. Their seeds can be uses as a source of the paint and the roots and seeds can be used as a herbal way to cure diseases today. Also, its stems can be used to make strong strings as well.

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