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#355189 - 08/20/07 09:29 PM Polk Weed
156p&y
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Anybody know how to make Polk Weed spread? The deer are hitting it really hard around here and it's about the only thing that appears to have any moisture at all in it. Can I plant the berries that come up on it or what?
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#355756 - 08/21/07 07:51 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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All the reading I have done on it says it is very toxic to humans and most animals except deer. Its also called pokeweed. Its like icecream to deer. Havent read where it can be planted but if you get the juice on your hands and it gets in your mouth it is toxic so be careful. Google search it and read all the info on it.
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#355820 - 08/21/07 08:09 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: DoubleD]
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It is spread by birds that eat the seeds and poop them out in other areas. I don't know if the seed passing through a birds digestive system helps germination or not (like persimmon seeds are scarified by passing through a coyote's/deer's/coon's/opossum's digestive system).
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#355864 - 08/21/07 08:24 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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I thought you could eat the leaves. many peopleuse it like a salad green.
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#355967 - 08/21/07 09:17 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: Darkthirty II]
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Yes, polk salad is made from Polkweed. But perhaps boiling the leaves removes any toxins.
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#356010 - 08/21/07 09:37 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: Darkthirty II]
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 Originally Posted By: Darkthirty II
I thought you could eat the leaves. many peopleuse it like a salad green.

For humans to eat it. You pick the leaves from newly sprouted plants in the spring time. Put em in a pot of boiling water.Boil em several minites. Strain the leaves discard the water. Put the leaves in another fresh pot of boiling water.
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#356290 - 08/21/07 11:23 AM Re: Polk Weed [Re: 156p&y]
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 Originally Posted By: 156p&y
The deer are hitting it really hard around here

Interesting! I've never known deer to eat it up here in PA

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#356395 - 08/21/07 12:33 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: grundsow]
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 Originally Posted By: grundsow
 Originally Posted By: 156p&y
The deer are hitting it really hard around here

Interesting! I've never known deer to eat it up here in PA


Polk is one the primary late-summer food sources of deer in the Southeast. Not only is it highly nutritious and easy to digest, it contains a lot of water.
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#356678 - 08/21/07 02:09 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: BSK]
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Anyone got a picture of this stuff, does it have purple seeds?
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#356860 - 08/21/07 03:42 PM Re: Polk Weed [Re: wlt]
156p&y
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 Originally Posted By: wlt
Anyone got a picture of this stuff, does it have purple seeds?


Yes it has the purple seeds that will stain the crap out of your clothing.
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