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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 12, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Has anyone grown Aslepias? Ice Ballet is the variety I have. It has been in the garden for 3 years,transplanted as a big clump and looking great.
Do they appear in spring quite late?
Are they short lived?
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 12, 2014 7:44 AM CST
My asclepis just showed up this week. It's about 6" tall now.
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
May 12, 2014 8:01 AM CST
I was beginning to think that mine weren't going to come back for me this year...But I discovered them popping up yesterday when I was weeding. Almost pulled one out by mistake! Glad I recognized it in time! I'm not sure, off the top of my head, which variety I have. I'll have to see if I can find the tag.

I believe that they are not necessarily "short lived". And will reseed...I think? *Blush*
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 12, 2014 8:06 AM CST
That gives me hope . Thanks I'll check mine again.Its so overgrown with lamium I cant tell whats what.

Thanks for the advise Celia and Tara. I just checked the plant and there was one teeeny 1/4 inch green spike showing.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 12, 2014 9:52 AM CST
Oh good! Hurray!
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terrafirma
May 12, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Hurray! Good to hear! Thumbs up The one that I have is A. tuberosa, also commonly called Indian Paintbrush.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 12, 2014 11:14 AM CST
The Indian paintbrush is a great yellow orange color.
I also bought and plantd the Hello Yellow a month ago but fear they have died. Turned yellow and leaves have fallen off but I hope that was due to very cold nights and we seem to be over that.
Cross fingers the roots are doing their work and I see new growth this summer.

I guess its just a plant that's slow to respond.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 12, 2014 4:00 PM CST
I have A. syriaca. This is it today.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 12, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Ohhh my yours looks more like Milk Weed.
My A. incarnata has flatter bloom heads

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 12, 2014 10:29 PM CST
Yes, mine is common milkweed. I have A. tuberosa seeds out there this year.
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indygardengal
May 19, 2014 3:40 AM CST
I have a common (what I would call wild) milkweed that appeared in my garden last summer. It has putout a runner which I moved from where it came up. Can't remember if I cut the runner but I hope not.. Hoping to establish a clump. I also have the Asclepius tuberosa that is orange. I had 3 plants that I purchased from spring hill several years ago.. Now there are only 2. Think I lost the other one before last summer. They are beautiful.. Love them.. Does anyone know if they can be devidedand if so when?
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 19, 2014 4:11 AM CST
Veronica I have asclepia Ice Princess and it was moved from a big clump in early spring. I divided the clump and moved it again a year later. It doesnt seem to have bothered the plant any. Mine DOES emerge later than other perennilas.Its just coming now along with Baloon flower.
Name: Danita
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Danita
May 21, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Due to a really deep tap root, Asclepias tuberosa are really hard to divide or even transplant. I would collect seeds and winter-sow those rather than attempt dividing. I've failed at moving them several times because the end of the tap root snaps off and the plant dies. Very sad! Sad
Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 21, 2014 4:08 PM CST
When my son bought his farm we dug up lots of plants from his other house. He made fun of me because there were dozens of them growing in his beds so I dug some up and transplanted, knowing full well they may not make it. It was already late spring/early summer. Surprisingly they all made it! I think it was just to show him! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

But normally I wouldn't recommend trying to move a mature plant.

I do find little babies all over if you don't weed too early and recognize them.


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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 21, 2014 5:08 PM CST
Danita said:Due to a really deep tap root, Asclepias tuberosa are really hard to divide or even transplant. I would collect seeds and winter-sow those rather than attempt dividing. I've failed at moving them several times because the end of the tap root snaps off and the plant dies. Very sad! Sad


I agree. I've moved small volunteer seedlings, but never succeeded with a mature plant. The tap root breaks and the plant croaks. Maybe they're easier to dig is sandy soil, but not in my clay.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 21, 2014 5:21 PM CST
It's clay here too and the tap root did break, but somehow they survived. I really did not expect them too. In fact, they are just starting to blossom, their third year. Go figure!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 21, 2014 6:17 PM CST
Thanks for the photo Arlene. I will look for something like that from the 3 Hello Yellows that look dead.
I see Bluestone is having a sale. I might also get some coneflowers
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abhege
May 21, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Yes, Jen told me about the sale. She said a lot of stuff if just 25% off though, not the usual 50%. I haven't looked yet. I'm afraid to.

Funny thing is this butterfly weed must have been in the compost because I found it in some of the seedlings potted up, in the greenhouse! I have a ton of seedlings but they're just plain orange ones. I have about 30 ft. of a 50' row planted with them. I love them for cutting but they can be a bit awkward because of the large flowering heads. .
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 22, 2014 3:14 AM CST
Some pl;ants are 25% off and many are 50% off. They used to open the whole catalogue for a 50% off in past years.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
May 22, 2014 8:27 AM CST
I think all left will be 50% off the first week of June

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