Velvetleaf is commonly found in row crops and gardens. It is an annual weed that usually grows between two and four feet tall with large, heart-shaped leaves. With a little hard work and this advice, you can stomp out velvetleaf for good.
Step 1: Hand pull Pull velvetleaf plants by hand before their flowers have produced. Try to pull them out by the roots.
TIP: Wear garden gloves to protect your hands.
Step 2: Dig Use a garden trowel to dig up velvetleaf before it blooms.
Step 3: Spray Fill your spray bottle with white vinegar that has a 10 to 20 percent acetic acid concentration and the vinegar generously onto the velvetleaf.
TIP: Apply the vinegar in the morning and before the plants have grown more than 4 inches in height.
Step 4: Pull Pull or dig up the dead velvetleaf after it has dried out.
FACT: Each velvetleaf plant can produce between 700 to 17,000 seeds and can remain viable for 50 to 60 years.
You Will Need
White vinegar with a 10-20% acetic acid concentration