Has anyone ever grown MILKWEED to host for butterflies? A lady on another forum sent me some seeds and said thathey have to be Straided (sp?)for 306 weeks first if I wanted to use them in containers.
Has anyone ever grown milkweed? Did you grow from seeds or bought plants?
I have never grown a milkweed garden, but have always wanted to and was going to this year, so my son and I could assist the monarch population after so many froze in Mexico.
She may have meant that the seeds needed to be placed in a darkcold place..but 4-6 weeks is a usual stratification period for milkweed.. http://www.monarchwatch.org/milkweed/prop.htm
Monarch watch may have more info on this process.. I have never heard nor come across 306 weeks, but I haven't researched container planting milkweeds either. I hope this helps a little bit.
I Meant 3-6 weeks.
Why can't I just plant the seeds now?
I too was planning on trying my hand at a small milkweed garden this year. Last summer, I pulled a small plant up from the restaurant parking lot and while driving home, I noticed a pet!! ;) I grabbed a few more plants from along the farmers fields, stuck a couple in the dirt, stuck a few in a bucket of water, noticed roots on one plant after a while, put them in the ground in a different spot of the garden. this at least, kept the plant growing long enough for us to feed our caterpillar. Pet named Heimlich,became a beautiful Monarch, and was very fun! the plants all died, so Heimie didn't stick around very long, Flew down to the other gardens at the park I 'spose. I've seen some pods in the park blowing seed everywhere, so figured it was time. All I had planned on was gathering seed, and seeing what happens, maybe I'll try the ole' pull up and plant trick again.
Good luck to us all!
I poked in some seed at the ponds edge, just before the seed had a chance to disperse in the wind! :)
It's to early to tell if they'll come up or not, the milkweeds aren't up yet.
WHY do I have to keep them cool for 3-6 weeks... Why can't I just plant the seeds either in containers or the ground?
My husband told me tonight that because of all the floods that scientists fear that the Monarch popultaion has been cut in half! I am planting as many Butterfly friendly plants an dflowers as possible.
I DID see my first Tiger Swallowtail today... in the turmoil in my mind with my Shadow girl... this was a beautiful welcome sight!
...make the seeds think they've been through winter, and it really is time to sprout and grow Deb.
Hmmmm, swallowtail was a welcome sight I bet. :)
Can't I just plant them?
I think that would be risky, the wild plants are not like some veggies, and need the winter chill to fool them into thinking it has been winter!
OK so I put the seeds in the fridge?
I'll look for my book on propagating from seed, which I just remembered I have!
OK.. thanks Larry!
Try taking a jar (wide-mouth and short) and lay it on its side.
Then take a couple of seeds and lay them in the jar.
Then take either cotton (I keep the stuff from vitamin bottles) or paper towels and soak 'em with water and put them on the seeds.
Stand up the jar, keep in a dark warm place. Check moisture every day, add water as needed. Don't let the seeds sit in water.
See if they sprout a root. If yes, they're ready to plant!!
The book says chill 21 days at 35 to 41 deg F.
what if I just pop the seeds in the fridge?
Do you have a tray just under the Freezer compartment? If so that would be a good place that would be most likely to be the proper temperature.
HELOL AND GREETINGS FROM SW FLORIDA. IN RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT MILKWEED, I HAVE AND TO CONTINUE TO GROW MILKWEED ON MY PROPERTY FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I'VE NEVER REALLY HAD TO DO ANYTHING WITH THIS PLANT IT BASICALLY TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. OF COURSE WHEN YOU FIRST PLANT LIKE ALL PLANTS YOU WANT TO KEEP IT MOIST UNTIL IT'S OBVIOUS TO YOU THE PLANT IS DOING WELL ON IT'S ON. MAJORITY OF MY MILKWEED IS IN PARTIAL SUNLIGHT. SOME IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT IT ALL DOES WELL. WHEN THE SEED POD BURST OPEN A FEATHER LIKE THING CARRIES THE SEED IT FLOATS IN THE AIR WHEREVER IT IS BLOWN THAT IS WHERE A NEW MILKWEED BEGINS TO GROW. OFTEN I TRANSPLANT A NEW PLANT WHERE I PREFER IT TO BE OR GIVE IT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHEN THEY STOP BY FOR A VISIT. I ENJOY MY MILKWEED IT'S VERY EASY TO GROW.
...they aren't up yet there either. I'll see if I can fit a walk in around the creek tomorrow....before it rains. (YAY!)
I grabbed a cattail seed head from along the ditch yesterday, I stuck it into the ponds edge, and am hoping nature will do the rest!
I lovecattails!!!Le me know if it sprouts. The seeds I got have been in teh fridge for several weeks.. stillin the envelope they came in. I Have also mail ordered 10 Milk weed plants. They should be arriving in the next few weeks.
The butterfly's are going to love you!
I hope so!!! I was finally able to plant the Butterfly weed and Swamp Milkweed today. I am still waiting for my common milk weed to arrive! I have also planted alot of Yarrrow, and pin cushion flowers.
I am SOOOOOOO excited!!! MONDAY starts the annual high school plant sale. You all know that I love tis annual event. THis is the high light of my planting season! I was able to take a peek erlier this week... it wa slike walking in the greenhouse of heaven! This is like my Christmas... I bet I won't sleep at all Sunday night!!!!!
Have fun Deb!! And your butterfly garden sounds great, I like the lowly Yarrow.
My nephews dog stole the seed head and chewed it up, but I got 3 more cattail seed heads from the ditch, this time I'm going to pick the seed off and poke them into the bank of the pond.
I want detail and pictures of those cattails Mr. Larry!
Today, I planted everything to get ready for MONDAY... THing is HOME DEPOT is having a sale.. they have 1 quart erennials on sale 5 for $10. Soooooo afer hubby and I cleaned up we went out... hubby had to get a bracket for the new super sized mailbox. I found the perennials.. I got 5 YARROW and 5 HYSSOP. Both attract butterlies. THEN we went to LOWES..I ALWAYS head straight to the discount rack. BINGO!!!!!! I found 6 more quart YARROW marked down to $1.70!!!! I'll be a planting fool tomorrow so I can be ready to rock and roll on MONDAY at the PLANT sale.
My Common Milkweed plants are still a few weeks away from being shipped.
OHOH BUT I did plant some SUNFLOWER Seeds today. I spray painted some random sticks and stuck them in the ground where I planted the seeds so I would know where I planted them!! I am so excited!!!!