Best germination is at 65 to 80˚F. I was amazed this year to watch a single older migrating female Monarch lay her eggs on the flats of Asclepias seedlings on my deck for at least four hours. I would try to speak with someone in your region that has actually used milkweed seed bombs before, to see how effective they are. Just be sure to poke holes in the containers so excess water can drain off. Who Knew!

  • I would like to plant milkweed. Dr. Richard Mills’ outstanding article on “Milkweed and Monarchs” was reprinted in the Fall 2001 issue of the Virginia Butterfly Bulletin. Remove and dry the brown seeds and save them for later propagation. Perennials die back for the winter but the root system survives to produce new plants in spring. I live in Michigan, and have a large patch of common milkweed in my
    flower/vegetable garden that increases every year. Milkweeds are easy to care for. My question is-if I’ve covered seeds with leaves and burlap (and chicken wire)do I need to water them through the winter?
    Martha Smiley

  • This is the first year harvesting milkweed seeds for replanting. Asclepias purpurascens (Purple Milkweed) in particular is classified as Imperiled in Virginia (VA_DCR), and because it is a host plant for Monarchs, protecting the plant is an important part of conserving the natural habitat of Huntley Meadows Park. Swamp milkweed works well with purple lantana, pink or blue shades of buddleia, pink shades of annuals (gomphrena, zinnia, cosmos), and purple coneflower. Just trying to do my part! SHOULD I PLANT MID NOVEMBER, late or early November? If they are perennials, plant them as soon as you can get them in the soil. Consider planting milkweed varieties that are native to your region for best results. After clearly labeling the sealed bag as \"milkweed seeds\" and dating it, place it in a refrigerator for 10 to 12 weeks. Now I am in Norther Illinois and I have honeybees. A full sun or part shade location is best. Sweet! More than 100 species of this herbaceous perennial are native to the U.S. and Canada. This year I have noticed many of the stems have tiny orange aphid-like insects on them. I wonder if the insects would eventually decimate my milkweed plants. Bloodflower flowers are an orange/yellow mix. It’s not a method I have used in our garden. Milkweed is the host plant for the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), but not just any milkweed is recommended.Tropical milkweed can bloom longer and potentially disrupt the natural migration of the Monarch butterfly, so the Garden cultivates only milkweed plants native to our climate, including: I grew both types in 10″ pots this season. Seeds have been de-fluffed. Ask a Master Gardener | Linn County Master Gardener A monarch butterfly moves around a milkweed plant in Cedar Rapids in this archive photo from July 23, 2015. Sow seeds immediately. It can also cause skin and irritation in humans. You can also plant plants in late summer, early fall for much bigger plants next season. I put them in the ground within 24 hours of receiving them. You can plant milkweed seeds in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked, but they will need to be stratified for 2 to 3 months in the refrigerator before planting in spring for better germination. When emerging milkweeds have three to four sets of leaves, thin seedlings to 6 inches apart. I am stumped. 4. Is that advisable? Last autumn, tending milkweed, she was hot and wiped the sweat off her face. These include the orange milkweed aphid and other small black bugs. Types of Milkweed. We’ve written a detailed guide (with pictures) for all Milkweed Plants. Is that OK?

    Also, I read other comments and see I might have to transplant the seedlings when they come up in spring…Can’t I leave them where they come up?