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Old 07-13-2011, 11:06 AM   #41
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I have swamp, butterfly weed, narrow leaf, and purple. I just ordered seeds to try this coming year. They are Poke Milkweed, Tall Green Milkweed, Eastern Purple Milkweed, and Prairie Milkweed. Directions are supposedly coming with the seeds, though I'm sure I'll be asking for advice when it comes time. Some of them require stratification, and I'll plant them in November. The others don't need anything, and I'll plant those in the Spring.

My problem is finding full sun locations. I have so much that I've planted that I have more of "half-shade" than anything else.

But, yes, a milkweed garden makes the most sense to me. It will attract beneficials for the vegetable garden, and it will attract the interesting insect species I am interested in knowing more about. I haven't seen a Monarch yet this year, though...
I haven't had great results from seeds, but haven't tried the kinds you've mentioned. Where did you get your seeds?

I too am pretty much out of full sun locations. I find that many things do okay in part sun, they just don't bloom as well, but that doesn't matter as a larval food source. I have been thinking about trimming some branches back to increase my sun exposure, but my trees are a little weakened by all the cicadas this year and many look peaked; I'm reluctant to be pruning until winter.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:44 PM   #42
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I haven't had great results from seeds, but haven't tried the kinds you've mentioned. Where did you get your seeds?

I too am pretty much out of full sun locations. I find that many things do okay in part sun, they just don't bloom as well, but that doesn't matter as a larval food source. I have been thinking about trimming some branches back to increase my sun exposure, but my trees are a little weakened by all the cicadas this year and many look peaked; I'm reluctant to be pruning until winter.
Hmmm, I was hoping you'd ask. We can, if you purchase any, share notes on how to plant them. We can also share notes on how well they're doing.

Growing Milkweed

I've not dealt with this company before, so I cannot vouch for the quality of the product. I am, of course, hoping for the best!!
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By the way, I saw my first monarch today in the yard. He/she was nectaring at the A. incarnata. I watched for awhile, but no signs of egg laying were evident. It was in great condition with not a blemish on it.
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By the way, I saw my first monarch today in the yard. He/she was nectaring at the A. incarnata. I watched for awhile, but no signs of egg laying were evident. It was in great condition with not a blemish on it.
Great news, jack!

That gives me hope.
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A wildlife garden without milkweed? Unthinkable,there must be a milkweed for every type condition. We grow common milkweed and whorled milkweed. I would like to get some seed for tall green milkweed.
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A wildlife garden without milkweed? Unthinkable,there must be a milkweed for every type condition. We grow common milkweed and whorled milkweed. I would like to get some seed for tall green milkweed.
Yes, I ordered some of that, but Dap would not approve. It's not endemic to Eastern Mass.
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dap would not approve for his own yard... dap makes no judgement on jack.
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Actually, one that is native to all of Penn but not to Mass is the Green Comet Milkweed. Looks interesting. You might give it a try by starting seeds???

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Dap, you must try it!
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