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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.
Wilmington, NC (Zone 8a)
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.
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.