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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 7, 2017 8:09 PM CST
If anyone would be interested please go here and let Dave know
The thread "Milkweed Forum" in Site Talk forum
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jan 11, 2017 3:08 PM CST
Ronnie, I read through the thread you posted and understand both sides of thought on the matter. I just got in the trade some showy MW seeds and would love to be able to pour through dedicated pages of discussion and knowledge on MW only without having to read about other things looking for that little nugget of info I am searching for. It really helps me to see photos of peoples progress and placement in their gardens. Also learning others mistakes is priceless. I guess the best thing to do is to just start talking about it here or another thread specifically for MW.
Can you start by talking about your experience so far? I have never grown it myself but do have a lot of native ones growing on our land. When I get my seeds in I will start documenting my experience on a dedicated thread for others to see. If it garners enough talk then maybe in the future it could become its own forum but for now a thread would still be searchable through the web, hopefully bringing in new people in search of information.
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 11, 2017 6:08 PM CST
Audrey, I can start a thread I guess...I don't have that much experience either, just started with them two years ago and have been trying to collect more for a garden dedicated to just milkweeds. That was one of the reasons I asked for the forum, to be able to learn and talk about them. Sometimes threads get started and get lost in the shuffle if there is a lag for a while, especially in the winter Thumbs down Shrug!
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jan 11, 2017 6:33 PM CST
A garden dedicated to only milkweeds? That sounds like fun! What ones have you collected so far? Did you grow them from seed? After seeing the frenzy for the purple MW, I seem to have caught the bug to grow them. Now I want a dedicated garden for several different kinds Hilarious!

If I can do the winter sow method or start indoors during this winter I will have a few things to talk about during these cold months. I honestly know very little about these plants and I sure do hope we can get some activity going with people sharing past, present, and future milkweed projects. I seem to start new obsessions every year........this might be the year of the milkweed Big Grin

Ok, I heading over to ebay to look for purple MW seeds he he
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jan 11, 2017 6:47 PM CST
O.k. just bought some giant purple milkweed seeds but the regular purple is really pricy for just a few seeds. Are they rare? Why the heck do they cost so much? The best price was $13.95 for 15 seeds plus shipping. Yikes!
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 11, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Audrey, they are hard to find from what I've read is because they don't produce a lot of seeds.
If you are looking for more here is the link to some seeds from members here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/4...
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Name: Judy
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MariposaMaid
Jan 11, 2017 7:23 PM CST
I'm eager to chat on milkweeds and have learned some things in my going on 5 year intrigue with this plant and Monarchs. Hopefully others will join in. And we can invite them! Would love to hear @duane452 experience growing Purple Milkweed and any seed starting tips!
The Purple seeds are so expensive because there are far fewer of the plants(they are not as competitive as say Common MW so declining habitat effects them more) and the plants produce fewer seed pods than other milkweeds, and fewer seeds per pod. As I understand it the flower of the Purple is a little trickier to pollinate so fewer seeds. Also a number of milkweeds are not 'self compatible' meaning the same plant or its clone cannot fertilize itself and needs a 'distant cousin's pollen to exchange. So if the three of us get our seeds to sprout and grow it will be a good idea to get seeds from another source than Duane, NARGS or the eBay seller or to exchange plants with each other so we get some distant cousin seeds to share!

Do you plan to Winter sow your MW seeds? Purples are ones that need cold/moist stratification.
Name: Donna
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Shy_gardener
Jan 11, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Yes, MariposaMaid has gotten me started into this helping the lovely Monarchs with planting Milkweed
to ensure their feeding source.

So this year I'm starting seeds and want to put out some different types of Milkweed. I've ordered
some seeds, (the basics white, pink, showy, and butterfly weed). But now I have a question.....

I've been told that Milkweed does not transfer well (I was told it rarely transfers at all). Is that true?
If so, what's the best medium to start seeds indoors now to transplant in the spring?
Do you start them in the peat moss pots? if so, What size, brand is best for Milkweed?
Or do they need a different type of starter pot, like the newspaper or paper roll ones?

"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 11, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Probably best to start a real thread about milkweeds, this was just the link to see if we could get a forum started.
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jan 11, 2017 8:50 PM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Audrey, they are hard to find from what I've read is because they don't produce a lot of seeds.
If you are looking for more here is the link to some seeds from members here. https://www.etsy.com/listing/4...


Yippy Hurray! I now have purple, giant purple, and showy for planting. Thank you for Robins link.
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Jan 11, 2017 8:55 PM CST
luvsgrtdanes said:Probably best to start a real thread about milkweeds, this was just the link to see if we could get a forum started.


Why? Is this a fake thread? It is already here and we have a party started. I was about to pour some nectar cocktails Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: David
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greenthumb99
Jan 11, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Shy-gardener, in my experience milkweed seedlings transplant well. As the plant matures it develops a deep taproot and does poorly in attempts to relocate.
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 11, 2017 9:21 PM CST
No not a fake thread Audrey Rolling on the floor laughing
I started the real party thread here The thread "Growing Milkweeds" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum bring the cocktails on over nodding
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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tx_flower_child
Jan 12, 2017 1:41 AM CST
No @luvsgrtdanes. You started this ball of wax over in the Site Talk forum.

So anyway, sorry if some of y'all have already shelled out $$ for the more common types of MW. I have plenty of seeds for free that I listed in the other thread that @luvsgrtdanes started.

Only growing advice is that Tropical MW (A. curassavica) definitely develops a deep taproot. Don't know if this is true for all MWs. Oh, and it's like any basic perennial in that it comes back every year. At least in Zone 8A.

@Shy_gardener - Not sure what you mean by 'transplants'. I have transplanted MW grown in quart - to gallon size containers. Some do better than others. In my case I have a limited amount of sun due to large oaks. Think I'd have more success with more sun. And maybe more success transplanting 'babies' grown from seed. It's late. I'm confused. Don't pay me any mind.

Name: Grannyh
Monroe City, Mo (Zone 6a)
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Grannyh
Jan 16, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Good Afternoon!
So Happy to see so many more people eager to Help Save The Monarchs!

Our Garden is a Certified Waystation with Monarch Watch and we grow three varieties in our Garden here in Missouri. In 2016 we released 315 Monarch Butterflies with 200 of those being tagged. Every year, we give away many Monarch eggs to local teachers for their classroom as we are always ready to #HelpSaveTheMonarchs.
We grow three types of Milkweed in our Garden and we give these away to people who stop by to inquire about our Waystation and Monarch Butterflies. I have extra seeds available for free to anyone willing to pay the postage. Sorry to have to insist on the postage paid, but paying the postage ourselves tends to get a little bit expensive anymore. Here are the free seeds available...all from the 2016 Summer growing season:
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

We always wintersow our milkweed seeds in January and let Nature do the rest. No watering trays at this point. (See photo)
One of the keys to saving Monarchs—for their survival now and in the future—is having lots of milkweed.

This year we are including Giant Swallowtail Butterflies in our efforts as each year we are seeing more and more GSwallowtails show up in our Garden to feast on the nectar of the Milkweed blooms and other flowers.
I am looking for someone who would be interested in trading some of their Wafer Ash Tree seeds (Ptelea trifoliata) in exchange for Milkweed seeds.

I've included photos of Giant Swallowtails visiting us in 2016, and some of our Monarch caterpillars & Butterflies, and Milkweed seeds overwintering! Enjoy!!
Have a Great Day! ~ grannyh.
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