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Is this something I can take care of, or will I need to call the landlord in to remove the cabinets?

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Call in the landlord. The plants have to be getting water to grow from some source. Either it’s penetrating the siding of the house, it’s found a way into the plumbing system, or there is a leak (e.g. plumbing or roof) that is getting water into the wall.


It rather depends what the ‘vine’ is as to how easy to deal with it might be, so a photo of it would be useful. Hopefully it’s not Japanese Knotweed, which will punch right through solid concrete and grow in your lounge, if its beneath, but that would be the landlord’s issue, not yours, though if it is that, your fiancee should move as soon as possible before a forest develops inside the home, as there is no easy effective treatment. Otherwise, some type of bindweed, or possibly Russian Vine, but that can only grow inside if it manages to find a crack or hole to get through, again from outside or underneath the building, and is somewhat easier to deal with. Again, the landlord is responsible for sorting it out.

In a rental unit my fiancée just leased, 2 weeks after she moved in, a vine-type weed sprouted from the baseboard in her kitchen. Upon further inspection, I was able to pull about a foot of vine before it snapped, and more vines were found to be growing above her dishwasher. The flooring appears to be a concrete base, no plants are penetrating the visible substructure from outside, and the plant growth appears to be contained between the walls and cabinetry.

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Weeds growing inside house

Common milkweed grows along the edge of a walkway in Historic St. Mary's City.

Dig up a patch, and you'll have handfuls of roots, soil, and wriggling worms. (You'll also get a nose-full of ickiness, as Creeping Charlie has an unpleasant, astringent odor when disturbed.)

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Great article. We don't usually think of weeds as anything other than plants we want to get rid of. This sheds a new light.

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Finally, someone to promote respect for weeds! Sure, live and let live and -like you- make our lives simpler. Thanks for setting us free.