Saturday, October 3, 2015

Planting milkweed seeds

Fall Planting Milkweed Seeds- 8 Simple Steps!

Asclepias viridis for fall planting milkweed seeds
Spider Milkweed Flowers | © Marion Doss

Why is fall planting milkweed a good idea? Exposing seeds to cool temperatures before the warmer temps of spring will cause them to break their dormancy coaxing out your new spring seedlings. It also saves you the hassle of in-home stratification.
8 Simple Steps for Fall Planting Milkweed
1. Put your seeds into a small bowl and bring out to planting area. Find seeds here if you still need to buy some.
2. Clear away any mulch or rocks from the area which could potentially block the growth of a small seedling.

3. Water the area thoroughly and let it saturate the soil.

Asclepias viridis seed holes for fall planting
Ready For Bed

4. Put on garden gloves and stick your index finger in the dirt up to your first knuckle.
5. Repeat this process for each seed you are planting.
Measuring between holes: Make the letter L with your thumb and forefinger. Use the distance between the tips of each digit for approximate spacing. Seeds can move over winter and some won’t germinate so exact spacing now is a waste of time.
6. Place a seed in each hole.

spider milkweed seed fall planting
Milkweed in the Hole!

7. Cover the seeds with the already-moist soil. You can place a few inches of straw or leaf mulch over the area to keep the soil from drying out.
8. 1-2 months after your seedlings have sprouted next spring, consider transplanting to achieve correct spacing for your specific milkweed. Space about 1 foot apart.

1 comment:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

We used to have a outdoor theater about 1/2 mile from my house. When the tore it down to make way for a Walmart, I know people thought I was nuts. Terry and I went to the field and dug up so many milkweed to transplant to our OWN weed patch that we maintain for the birds, butterflies and chipmunk. I think we have a baby possum living there now too. There are always so many butterflies on the butterfly bushes it's really amazing.

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