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Organic Milkweed

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Perennial | 3′ tall | 70 days to flower | Ascelpias syriaca

 

NATIVE Perennial, resilient and simply gorgeous, milkweed is critical food for Monarch caterpillars and so many other beneficial pollinators.

Each year we gratefully lose count of the many gorgeous Monarch butterflies that feast as they float over our farm; indeed, our fields are surrounded by milkweed that smell of honey when they blossom, attracting countless butterflies and beneficial insects to their sticky sweet flower clusters.

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Organic Milkweed

Perennial | 3′ tall | 70 days to flower | Ascelpias syriaca

NATIVE Perennial, resilient and simply gorgeous, milkweed is critical food for Monarch caterpillars and so many other beneficial pollinators.

Each year we gratefully lose count of the many gorgeous Monarch butterflies that feast as they float over our farm; indeed, our fields are surrounded by milkweed that smell of honey when they blossom, attracting countless butterflies and beneficial insects to their sticky sweet flower clusters.

Once established, your milkweed and monarchs will thrive in each other’s company for years, though starting milkweed from seed is more challenging than most seeds. At Fruition, we sow milkweed seeds indoors in ​​​​soil blocks about 4 weeks before final frost to transplant after final frost. We share our organic milkweed seeds stratified so you don’t have to!

If you’re looking for other flowers attracting and feed Monarch butterflies, they love orange, red & yellow flowers especially, including zinnia, tithonia, echinacea, sunflower, calendula and marigold.

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Milkweed Growing Instructions:

It’s important and easy to ‘cold stratify’ your milkweed seeds for full germination. To cold stratify your seeds, simply place them in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel in the fridge four weeks before you to sow them inside. Make sure they have plenty of light to grow straight seedlings; if they bend toward the light even a little, consider supplementing with lights. Transplant your four week old seedlings after last frost, at the same time as you plant your tomatoes. Milkweed is a perennial that can often become a nuisance weed in gardens, so transplant your seedlings in open soil outside your garden. Milkweed thrives in full as well as partial sun and be sure to plant it in a place you will easily enjoy seeing the grateful Monarchs. Milkweed will spread slowly on its own but feel free to harvest its seeds in fall to grow your sanctuary for the following season.

Sowing Date: Early spring or late fall
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Days to Germination: 7-21
Days to Maturity: 55
Plant spacing after thinning: 12 inches
Height: 3 feet

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