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#1 of 8 Old 08-24-2004, 08:38 PM - Thead Starter
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Kudzu's History:
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Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Countries were invited to build exhibits to celebrate the 100th birthday of the U.S. The Japanese government constructed a beautiful garden filled with plants from their country. The large leaves and sweet-smelling blooms of kudzu captured the imagination of American gardeners who used the plant for ornamental purposes.

Florida nursery operators, Charles and Lillie Pleas, discovered that animals would eat the plant and promoted its use for forage in the 1920s. Their Glen Arden Nursery in Chipley sold kudzu plants through the mail. A historical marker there proudly proclaims "Kudzu Developed Here."

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Soil Conservation Service promoted kudzu for erosion control. Hundreds of young men were given work planting kudzu through the Civilian Conservation Corps. Farmers were paid as much as eight dollars an acre as incentive to plant fields of the vines in the 1940s.

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I saw this in the MSU botanical garden. I was told by my Master Garden Instructor that this plant will take over your garden if your not careful.
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The vines grow as much as a foot per day during summer months
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Yup. Believe it. There's this one mountain near Momma's farm where this stuff THRIVES and the county's out there just about weekly trying to keep it from growing across the highway.
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I thought for the longest time that this was the state plant It literally used to grow across the dirt road I lived on over night

Can't kill the stuff to save your life. Reminds me of the stuf fin HP
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i HATE KUDZU! That stuff will take over EVERY THING. And it makes power lines fall and phone lines fall.
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My cousin and I used to spend the summers in Georgia together (we have Kudzu here in NC but not as bad) and someone told us that Kudzu would take over anything that wasn't moving so we spent the entire summer sitting in a field of it to see if it would grow over our legs. Of course we didn't realize it didn't work that quickly and getting up every evening wasn't helping our goal either.

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