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Name: Barbara
San Antonio, TX
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BarbaraSATX
Oct 24, 2014 12:06 PM CST
I should have posted this question just here, but, it is also posted in article on milkweed. Anyway - I need advice. While near Spring Branch, TX gathering stones in a field to border my beds I found what I believe is Texas native milkweed, asclepias texana. I didn't have camera with me to take picture, and since there were several growing in the area, I picked the three heads off one plant. I dried it and have quite a few seeds. According to what I've read online I can plant in garden now, or grow in pots over winter and then transplant in Spring. Has anyone had experience with this milkweed and if so, what do you recommend I do with seeds?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 24, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Hi Barbara, there's a bit of information regarding growing seeds ofTexas Milkweed in the database here: Texas milkweed (Asclepias texana) Hopefully someone who grows that beauty will come along with some advice.
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Name: Barbara
San Antonio, TX
Zone 8b
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BarbaraSATX
Oct 24, 2014 1:11 PM CST
Thanks so much! This is a first for me - gathering seeds from a wild plant and attempting to get it to grow in my yard. I have a milk weed that I bought at local nursery. It grew but was verrrry tempermental. The asclepias texana is very pretty and I'm so hoping I can get it to grow.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 27, 2014 2:00 PM CST
Here are 2 links about germinating the seed.
http://npsot.org/wp/story/category/monarchs/

http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2013/04/25/got-milkweed-updat...
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Myles
Feb 28, 2016 2:49 PM CST
I have healthy Asclepias texana seedlings growing after 30 days of moist stratification in the fridge. All the seed I prepared in this way germinated. Hurray! This will be my first year attempting to grow this lovely milkweed. Since I will have to bring the plants into the greenhouse to overwinter, I'm going to try growing some seedlings in 25 gal Grow Pots. If anyone has experience growing this variety of milkweed in pots, please share your results. Thank You!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2016 3:43 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! for you Myles!!! I have no experience growing it so can't help you out there.
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