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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 9:24 AM CST
First time growing this plant. Saw two seed pods this morning. Not embarrassed to say that I had no idea what they were until an hour after photographing them for ID. Then it occurred to me to check Google images and... Sticking tongue out

The question: Which is more beneficial, leaving them on the plant or removing them?
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jvdubb
Jul 25, 2013 9:59 AM CST
Do you want it to reseed?
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 10:01 AM CST
I am more of a see-what-it-does gardener, so don't really have any strong preferences either way. If it can reseed where it is located, more power to it. Guess I want to find out--and what I should have 'splained in the first place--if there is a benefit to bees, birds, or butterflies by leaving the pods.
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abhege
Jul 25, 2013 10:10 AM CST
Not really, only for letting the plant reseed, and it may reseed far, far away as the seeds have feathery helicopters attached for any slight breeze to carry them away. When one dries a bit split it open and take a look. You can bury some seeds anywhere you would like to try and get new plants
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 10:23 AM CST
Okay, I will cut one and let the other dry up a little. Thank you both. Smiling Thumbs up
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jul 25, 2013 10:41 AM CST
Debra, I don't know if you have milkweed bugs in your area, but they drive me nuts. They are red and black, and show up in droves for the seeds and pods. They destroy the pods and seeds. They're not attracted to the plant itself.
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I don't usually allow mine to set pods for the simple purpose of avoiding thousands of milkweed bugs. Also, if the plant flowers early enough, and seed pods are removed, it should rebloom in the same season.

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Karen, I don't know for sure if we do, but probably. Big Grin I had dug the plant up from it's original location and pieces of root must have remained behind because there is a plant now growing in that original location. If it is that easy, guess I don't need the seeds. Big Grin Big Grin Thank you.
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jvdubb
Jul 25, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Milkweed bug kind of looks like Boxelder bug. Much easier to get rid of milkweed pods than an acre of Boxelder trees! Boy oh boy did I hate those darn bugs
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 11:14 AM CST
That does it--the pods are going awayyyyy! Hilarious!
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Xeramtheum
Jul 25, 2013 11:19 AM CST
Another thing to consider when deciding if you want a plant to make seeds is the fact that it takes a whole lot of energy for the plant to make seeds. Many plants will start to decline rapidly if allowed to make seeds .. datura is a good example. By cutting off pods, the plant can 'spend' that energy on growth and flower making rather than reproduction.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 25, 2013 11:21 AM CST
Thank you, good information to have. Thumbs up
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kqcrna
Jul 25, 2013 12:06 PM CST
I tolerate most garden bugs well. I don't use pesticides. I'm not afraid of bees. Milkweed bugs don't seem to bite. What I find intolerable is that when they arrive, there are huge numbers of them. They can easily cover an entire pod. A few would be OK. Thousands are not, and I swear they can number in the thousands.

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virginiarose
Jul 26, 2013 7:58 AM CST
Good advice! I had purchased one last year and the year before and managed to kill them both. I will try again but no seed pods. Thumbs up
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jvdubb
Jul 26, 2013 8:16 AM CST
I'm gonna be a dare devil! I'm leaving my pods Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jul 26, 2013 9:17 AM CST
That sounds so dangerous!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan

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Xeramtheum
Jul 26, 2013 9:33 AM CST
If you have a Dollar Tree, go into the party section with the baby shower stuff and see if you can find those organza bags .. they come in two sizes .. I put them over seed pods so I won't lose any seeds and also keeps the bugs out but lets air and sun in. I also use them for isolating buds that I want to cross pollinate.

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 26, 2013 9:57 AM CST
Ah, good idea for future. In meantime, I already trotted outside in my pjs yesterday and snipped those two potential warfare initiators right on off. Angel Whistling Hilarious!
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jul 26, 2013 11:35 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan

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clintbrown
Aug 7, 2013 10:31 PM CST

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I think I'll start saving my milkweed seeds and scattering them on the side of the road so I can have more flowers to look at on the way home. I always did like the story of Johnny Appleseed.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Aug 8, 2013 3:36 AM CST
In my city a big tractor would mow them down. Sad
Susan

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