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How to Kill Velvetleaf

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

  • Hand trowel
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar with a 10-20% acetic acid concentration
  • Optional: (optional)
  • Garden gloves (optional)

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