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Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Aug 8, 2019 1:36 PM CST
Hello NGA Community!
I am venturing into my first experience with winter sowing. I am going to start with my Asclepias Tubarosa. To harvest the seeds, should I wait until the pods burst or can I get them as soon as they form?

Thank you for your help. Jeff
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 8, 2019 4:12 PM CST
Let the pods burst and harvest the seeds before they blow away in the wind. Daughter #2 accomplishes that by putting little net jewelry bags over the pods. They need cold stratification to germinate so, the easy way to do that is scatter the seed where you want them to grow. I harvest and scatter all on the same day. Smiling

Have you been to Greenhouse Garden Center? They have a lot of different varieties of Asclepias (at least they did a couple months ago). I only have a couple volunteer natives: Asclepias speciosa and Asclepias fascicularis.

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Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Aug 8, 2019 4:35 PM CST
Thank you Daisyl! I will do that. Thank you for the jewelry bag idea! When you sow them, do they lay on top of the soil or do you put a layer over the top?

Yes, I go to Greenhouse frequently. I have three different varieties of Asclepias and want to propagate the ones I have.

Jeff
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 8, 2019 5:46 PM CST
I plant the way I assume Mother Nature would plant - on the surface of the soil. The ones that manage to germinate are the ones under the edges of rocks and shrubs. I don't know if they are the seeds the birds don't see or....
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Jeff Loflin
Carson City, Nevada - Zone 6b (Zone 6b)
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JeffLoflinECV
Aug 9, 2019 9:21 AM CST
Good Morning Daisyl. Thank you for the information!

Happy Gardening! Jeff

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