Planting Milkweed - Knowledgebase Question

Dartmouth, MA
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Question by carmun
April 19, 1998
I have a package of milkweed seeds. How should I plant them: just scatter them over the field, or dig holes and put the seeds in and cover them?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 1998
I've never heard of anyone planting milkweed--at least the kind that grows wild in my back yard. But this common milkweed is related to some cultivated types, including annual bloodflower milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) and perennial butterfly weed (A. tuberosa). Directions for bloodflower milkweed say to sow seeds thinly, and cover with about 1/4" of soil. I'd try this for your seeds. Good luck!

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