Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries
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Title: Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries
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Creator: Bolques, Alejandro
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Publication Date: 2004
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ENH980 Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries1Alejandro Bolques, Jeffrey G. Norcini, James Aldrich, Courtney E. Gist2 1. This document is ENH980, one of a series of the Environmental Horticulture Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date September 2004. Visit the EDIS Web Site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. Alejandro Bolques, Horticulture Extension Agent, Florida A&M University College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture, Cooperative Extension and Outreach Programs, Quincy, Florida 32351; Jeffrey G. Norcini, Associate Professor, native wildflower specialist, and James H. Aldrich, Senior Biological Scientist, North Florida Research & Education Center, Quincy, FL 32351; Courtney E. Gist, Extension Intern, Gadsden County Cooperative Extension Service. The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication does not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition. All chemicals should be used in accordance with directions on the manufacturer's label. Use pesticides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer's label. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry Arrington, DeanDescriptionCommon groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.) is a weed that needs to be monitored year-round in container nurseries since these conditions are ideal for common groundsel. Seed can germinate only a few days after they land on the container medium surface (Figure 1).Figure 1. Common groundsel seedling. Credits: James Altland, Oregon State University, North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Aurora. If left uncontrolled, plants will grow up to 18 inches tall with multiple flowering stalks (Figure 2). Flowers are tubular in shape and seeds are tipped with a tuft of silky white hairs (Figure 3). Under Florida container nursery conditions, the whole life cycle from seed germination to flowering and seed set can occur in as little as 6 weeks. Common groundsel has only been officially reported in Escambia, Gadsden, and Lake Counties, but anyone in Florida producing containerized ornamentals should be on the lookout for common groundsel as its ocurrence is probably more widespread.


Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries 2Figure 2. Typical appearance of mature common groundsel. Credits: Susan Aldrich-Markham, Oregon State University Extension Service, McMinnville. Figure 3. Closeup of common groundsel flowers and seedhead. Credits: Susan Aldrich-Markham, Oregon State University Extension Service, McMinnville. ControlSince seeds are easily spread by wind and each plant can produce about a million seeds, common groundsel can spread quickly throughout a nursery if measures are not taken to control it. We describe below some methods to control this weed. Sanitation. Check for common groundsel during your scouting routine for insects and diseases. Eliminate infestations on bed perimeters, in aisles, and on the perimeter of the nursery. Since common groundsel can be biennial, use a postemergence herbicide that is nonselective and translocated throughout the plant to ensure that the roots are killed. If the roots are not killed, the shoots will resprout. In general, use an herbicide that contains either glyphosate (for example, Roundup) or glufosinate (Finale) as the only active ingredient since some products contain other active ingredients not suitable for use in container nurseries. Exceptions to this rule are specially formulated products like QuikPRO Herbicide (glyphosate + diquat) that are labeled for control of groundsel. For long-term control, tank mix a labeled preemergence herbicide that is compatible with the postmergence herbicide. Some preemergence herbicides labeled for control of groundsel are listed in Table 1; however, check the postemergence and preemergence herbicide labels to determine if they can be tank mixed and used in your situation. Reapply a preemergence herbicide as needed according to label guidelines. Do not mow or use a string trimmer to eliminate plants that have flowered as you probably will spread more seed. When crops are repotted or being brought into the nursery for the first time, carefully check for and remove common groundsel plants and seedlings. If the common groundsel in a pot has seedheads, repot the plant in fresh medium that is free of weed seeds. Apply a preemergence herbicide and irrigate the plants to activate the herbicide and form a protective barrier on the medium surface. Preemergence Herbicides for Container Crops. An integrated approach of sanitation plus the use of preemergence herbicides should prevent any significant infestations of common groundsel. There are several preemergence herbicides labeled for control of common groundsel or groundsel species in general. In 2002, we evaluated several of these herbicides under container nursery conditions (Table 1) (Bolques et. al, 2003). One day prior to herbicide


Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries 3application in late May, 50 common groundsel seeds were spread evenly over individual 1-gallon containers filled with 80:10:10, pine bark:peat:sand (by vol.) amended with 13-6-6 sludge (Graco Fertilizer, Cairo, GA). Seeds were derived from plants found at a Gadsden County container nursery. Four single-pot replications per herbicide treatment were randomly arranged on a full sun bed. Number of common groundsel in each pot were counted 2, 4, and 12 weeks after the herbicdes were applied. Nonherbicide-treated pots served as controls. Gallery, Princep, and Snapshot TG provided the best control of common groundsel throughout the study. By 4 weeks after treatment, 100% control was observed in all pots treated with these herbicides; 100% control was also observed at 12 weeks (Table 1). Moreover, there were never more than two seedlings in any pot treated with these herbicides, and none of them flowered. Ronstar 2G clearly provided the least control (62% to 76%). Most other herbicides provided at least 90% control by 4 weeks after application and maintained that level of control another 8 weeks. The only exception was Ronstar 50WP which provided 80% control at 4 weeks and 84% control at 12 weeks. Gallitano and Skroch (1993) reported 100% groundsel control with Gallery nearly 29 weeks after application but slightly better control of groundsel than we observed with Routand OH-II, and even better control with Ronstar 2G. In their experiment, Ronstar 2G provided 100% control at 29 weeks. Despite substantial reductions in number of groundsel in our herbicide-treated pots, many of the groundsel in those pots flowered. Moreover, we observed that common groundsel seed could mature soon after flowering, spread easily by air currents, and germinate within a few days after settling in pots. Relatively rapid development (germination to mature seed) under container production conditions seems to be characteristic of at least some populations of common groundsel (Kadereit and Briggs, 1985; Theaker and Briggs, 1993). Thus herbicides providing any less than 100% preemergence control might result in a common groundsel infestation unless vigorous roguing of escapes is practiced. Postmergence Herbicides for Container Crops. Common groundsel that has infested containers probably will have to be removed manually. Goal2XL is labeled for postemergence control of common groundsel (< 4 inches tall) for only a very limited number of container-grown, coniferous species. We are not aware of any other postemergence herbicide labeled for control of common groundsel in container-grown ornamentals. Conclusion. To prevent common groundsel infestation, use good exclusion and sanitation practices augmented with preemergence herbicides.Literature CitedBolques, A., J.G. Norcini, and J.H. Aldrich. 2003. Preemergent control of common groundsel (Seneciovulgaris). Proc. Southern Nursery Assoc. Res. Conf. 48:333-336. Gallitano, L.B. and W.A. Skroch. 1993. Herbicide efficacy for production of container ornamentals. Weed Tech. 7:103-111. Holliday, R.J. and P.D. Putwain. 1977. Evolution of resistance to simazine in Senecio vulgaris L. Weed Res. 17:291-296. Holliday, R.J. and P.D. Putwain. 1980. Evolution of herbicide resistance in Senecio vulgaris L: Variation in susceptibility to simazine between and within populations. J. Appl. Ecol. 17:770-791. Kadereit, J.W. and D. Briggs. 1985. Speed of development of radiate and non-radiate plants of Senecio vulgaris L. from habitats subject to different degrees of weeding pressure. New Phytol. 99:155-169. Theaker, A.J. and D. Briggs. 1993. Genecological studies of groundsel (Senecio vulgaris L.). IV. Rate of development in plants from different habitat types. New Phytol. 123:185-194.


Control of Common Groundsel in Florida Container Nurseries 4Table 1. Preemergent control of common groundsel under typical container nursery conditions. Herbicide Trade name Active ingredient Rate (lb ai/A) % Control 12 WATz Gallery 75DF isoxaben 1.0 100by Goal 2XL oxyfluorfen 0.5 90ab OH II pendimethalin + oxyfluorfen 1.0 + 2.0 91ab Princep L simazine 4.0z 100b Regal O-O Herbicide oxadiazon + oxyfluorfen 1.0 + 2.0 91ab Ronstar 2G oxadiazon 4.0 76a Ronstar 50WP oxadiazon 4.0 84ab Rout oryzalin + oxyfluorfen 1.0 + 2.0 90ab Snapshot TG isoxaben + trifluralin 1.0 + 4.0 100b z WAT = Weeks after treatment; compared to nontreated pots.y % control means with the same letter are not significantly different.zA high rate of Princep was used to determine if the common groundsel from Gadsden County was resistant to simazine as has been reported for some other populations (Holliday and Putwain, 1977; Holliday and Putwain, 1980).