All About Milkweed: Milkweed and Assassin Bugs...

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All About Milkweed

By Sharon
July 28, 2011

It took many years but it finally occurred to me that some of our most common plants have a more colorful history than our notably famous people do. The common milkweed is one of them.

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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Jul 28, 2011 8:23 AM CST
I had an extraordinary herd of Assassin Bugs in the grass beneath all my veggie (tomato) eBuckets and containers this past spring. I Googled and read up on Assassin Bugs, and learned to welcome them as an ally against anything remotely thinking about getting past them and up to my tomato vines. In fact, I didn't even see a bug make it to the sides of any container, all spring! I did not spray anything at all on my veggies, because the Assassins halted any (and all) predators.

Research showed me why I had Assassins living in the grass beneath the containers. Upon careful inspection of the "grass," I discovered a whole patch of MILKWEED, lining the perimeter of my fenceline.

Milkweed -- the favorite food of Assassin Bugs!

So, now, tell me again, how do I grow this for next season? Rolling my eyes.
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Sharon
Jul 28, 2011 9:58 AM CST
I suspect if you have a patch of milkweed growing there now, chances are it will be right back same time, same place, next year. If you like it, it's for sure going to like you. The thing about milkweed is that it chooses its home most of the time. Sounds to me like it's already established.

Good for you!

In my experience it's a little difficult to transplant, but if you fall/winter sow some of its seeds you might add to your collection. Actually they'll probably sow themselves.

It's good to hear of your experience, thanks!
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