Plant ID forum: Am I milkweed?

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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 3, 2017 9:59 AM CST
As some of you know, I have been on a three-year quest to establish milkweed in my yard. So far I have been 100% unsuccessful. Unless... Could this be milkweed? I bought some seeds that said asclepias tuberosa and planted them. This is what came up and this is how they have stayed all summer. I have not seen any blossoms. Is it milkweed? Or, what am I doing wrong?
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Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Aug 3, 2017 10:30 AM CST
Looks like Asclepias tuberosa/Butterfly Weed to me.
Name: Kurt
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krobra
Aug 3, 2017 10:43 AM CST
most native milkweeds do not bloom the first year , I think tropical milkweed is the only one that may bloom the first year.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Aug 3, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Looks like it!
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Muddy1
Aug 3, 2017 1:10 PM CST
It looks as if they're planted in a container. In my experience, many plants grow much more quickly after they're planted in the ground. I have had several types of native plant seedlings that seemingly refused to grow in pots, no matter how well I cared for them.

They look very healthy, though! Maybe their roots just need more room to spread.
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Name: Terri Osipov
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IJsbrandtGA
Aug 12, 2017 11:11 AM CST
Muddy1 said:It looks as if they're planted in a container. In my experience, many plants grow much more quickly after they're planted in the ground. I have had several types of native plant seedlings that seemingly refused to grow in pots, no matter how well I cared for them.

They look very healthy, though! Maybe their roots just need more room to spread.


Thank you again everyone for your help. I did not remember reading that they did not bloom the first year. I will go ahead and Transplant them. I have lost thousands of seeds in all the ground around here so I decided to start growing in containers to determine whether or not something germinates and then if it does, i transplant. This experiment has had varying results. I want some milkweed so badly!
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