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The cold snap & Japanese knotweed

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Jk in the snow

The UK has seen the coldest start to a winter in three decades, and January shows no signs of letting up with some early-year temperatures reaching -12C, unheard of in the south! The cold snap will not cease Phlorum’s operations though, oh no; Japanese knotweed is a resistant species which can be found growing on the freezing mountains of China and India. Frost may mean its leaves fall to the floor and discolour, but its rhizome is choc full of sugar and starch and so doesn’t freeze. The weed will lie dormant for the rest of winter, but come early spring it will flourish again, meaning no end of phone calls from worried developers! We can’t get away from freezing site work that easily!