Milkweed, in Seed: So Much Fun!

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Milkweed, in Seed

By Newyorkrita
September 24, 2015

In late summer Milkweed pods dry and burst open, showing seeds with silky parachutes.

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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
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Chillybean
Sep 23, 2015 7:04 PM CST
We had surprise Swamp Milkweed this summer. Either it got there on its own or some seeds sown years ago finally germinated. I was distraught when something broke off one of the stems where flowers were forming. But guess what happened, I then got two clusters of flowers later!

I've been going out to collect seeds. But I just cannot help myself and have to blow some into the air. I love watching the seeds float away.
Name: Elizabeth
Wilmington, NC (Zone 8a)
elizbe
Sep 26, 2015 6:53 AM CST
What is the best way to save Milkweed seed to plant next year? My pods are not quite ready to open, but I would love to plant some in another garden space.

Thanks to all for your knowledge and advice.

Elizabeth
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Sep 26, 2015 7:24 AM CST
The best time to collect is when the pod just starts splitting. This way, you keep much of the fluff contained. It takes a little practice, but I can get most of the seeds to drop into a container while holding onto the pod and the fluff.

All the native milkweeds around here need cold stratification. The best thing to do is sow the seeds in the fall to allow nature to do this. Otherwise it's a little more complicated and I have never got seeds to germinate in the fridge. From the fall seeding I have done, I just put the seeds on the surface. The freezing/thawing action pulls the seed into the ground. You are in a warmer climate, so this may not work for you.

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