Himalayan Balsam Removal | TP Knotweed Solutions
We are professional Himalayan Balsam removal specialists.

What is Himalayan Balsam?

Himalayan Balsam can reach heights of over two metres, and is aggressively invasive. It typically forms on riverbanks and damp, shaded areas, where it shadows out native plants and restricts access for animals and humans. When the plant does die back, it can leave the area bare of supporting vegetation, making land prone to weathering and erosion.


Himalayan Balsam is a distinctive plant with reddish jointed stems and long, green, oval-shaped leaves. The flowers range from fuchsia to pale pink in colour and tend to appear between June and October, followed by seed pods that explode dispersing the seeds from late July to October.


1. Chemical control

This is a common method to control the spread of Himalayan Balsam. Chemical control involves the application of specialised weed-killing chemicals to Himalayan Balsam plants, and often needs to be consistent over a number of seasons to be totally effective. Due to legislation around spraying chemicals in the wild and near bodies of water, it is safest and most effective to hire professionals that can adhere to laws and best practice.

2. Manual control

Pulling or cutting Himalayan Balsam plants before they flower and set seed is the main form of manual control. Conservation authorities sometimes partake in “Balsam bashing” parties, but these must be undertaken with extreme caution, as studies have shown that this can actually help the plant to spread.

In all cases, we monitor your premises for up to five years following treatment and can provide every site with our mortgage-friendly 10 Year Insurance Backed Guarantee at additional cost.

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