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Old 07-22-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default best way/time to remove common milkweed seed pods

I bought 3 common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) plants a few years ago. These have now become at least 15 with no action on my part. I promised my husband I'll try to keep them from spreading more.

What is the easiest/best way to remove the pods with a minimum of fighting the sap? They're very small at the moment. Is it better to do it now?

Even if I end up finding people who want seed I think I'll have too much.

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Old 07-23-2020, 08:19 PM   #2
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I believe they spread by rhizomes so will take advantage of whatever space there is. If they spread too near something other I just snip them off. I've always harvested/ clipped seed heads off after they had turned brown. Didn't take note of any sap really at that stage.
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:17 AM   #3
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The seeds are low priority. As havalotta said, they spread by rhizomes. Learn what the monarch eggs and caterpillars look like. When you snip a plant down to the ground, look it over for egg/caterpillars and transfer the ones you find. Mama monarchs prefer to lay eggs on the freshest leaves so a lot of times plants 2" tall will have eggs on them.
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:39 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the information. I'll start pruning some of them. I think this means I'll need to deal with sap but that's fine.
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