We (the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group) have been told that the seeds from Wheel Cactus remain viable for at least 20 years, hence can lie dormant in the soil for many years before germinating into a new plant. If we want to win the battle against this noxious weed, it’s therefore vital that we prevent new seeds from being produced.
We can effectively reduce the seed bank by firstly destroying all existing mature, fruiting plants, and then destroying all the new plants before they start flowering and fruiting.
It’s also so much easier to kill Wheel Cactus plants while they’re young and small. And don’t forget, you can still dispose of Wheel Cactus plants for free at the Maldon Transfer Station, thanks to a grant from the Mount Alexander Shire Council. Also, don’t forget that our Council has increased the rebate on rates to 20% if you actively control weeds on your property.
Why not come to our next Community Field Day and learn all about killing Wheel Cactus. It’s on Sunday 30th October and the location will be near the corner of Gough’s Range and Tarrangower School Roads, which will be well sign posted off Newstead Road. The morning’s activities will begin at 10:30 am and end with an enjoyable BBQ lunch and friendly chat. If you have any queries, please contact Ian on 0412015807 or check out our website at www.cactuswarriors.org
A mature Wheel Cactus plant, producing thousands of new seeds every year, each one probably viable for the next 20 years.