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Common Milkweed Seeds

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Packet ASSP
Price: $3.95
1/4 Pound ASSQP
Price: $99.95

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Quick Overview

This gorgeous plant produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love. Common Milkweed is one of the Monarch Butterflies’ favorite plants and will bring many winged friends to your garden or meadow. Milkweed can be a challenge to grow but once established it will thrive for years to come and spread quickly. Perennial.
Pink Common Milkweed Seeds, Asclepias syriaca, Common Milkweed
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SKU ASSG
Common Name Common Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias syriaca
Plant Type Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 30-60 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 64,000
Seeds Per Packet 45
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil
Native To North America
Native To Most of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Native
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
Milkweed is a handsome, straight plant you see in every farm field and growing wherever a roadside hasn't been mowed. Leaves are glossy and thick, and the blooms are large, rounded clusters of purplish/pink flowers atop plants that range from 2 to 5 ft. It's native in the US from Canada to Georgia, and west to Texas.

The botanical name, "Asclepias"; is after Aesclepios, the Greek God of medicine, since this plant has been used as a medicinal since ancient times. "Milkweed" derives from the fact that when you break a stem, sticky white sap immediately appears. Common Milkweed is one of our commonest "weeds," but one almost all wildflower gardeners want.

This is the plant famous for its "silky seeds" in fall, when you see the drying cone-shaped seedpods crack open and their snow-white shiny fluff flying around the meadow. This is the dispersal mechanism for the large shiny seeds of common milkweed. Every kid loves to blow them away in fall, like dandelion seeds in spring.

Even though farmers hate milkweed, you'll love it in your wildflower garden...for two reasons. It's beautiful and dependably perennial, and it's the No. 1 plant visited by Monarch butterflies on their famous migration south every summer and fall. In fact, during late summer, it's somewhat rare to see a milkweed plant without a monarch perched upon the flowers, making it the No. 1 butterfly magnet among our wildflowers. ("Butterfly Weed" is a close relative, with bright orange flowers.)

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5.0

A Monarch's Dream!

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from Michigan

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  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Easy To Grow
  • Gorgeous Blooms

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    Best Uses

    • Attracting Pollinators
    • Garden

    Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

    The Milkweed Seeds I ordered from American Meadows not only provided a knockout show of blooms, but a butterfly extravaganza! I recommend these seeds to any gardener who is trying to plant native and help pollinators.

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    4.0

    Here come the monarchs!

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    from Spring Valley, WI

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        • Butterflies Cannot Resist
        • Naturalizing

        Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

        These plants have brought butterflies into my yard by the dozens.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not a single seed sprouted

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        from Capitola, CA

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              Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

              I purchased 3 packets of seeds to plant with my kindergarten class to support the butterfly population in our area. Not one single seed ever sprouted!

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Never germinated

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              from New York

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                    Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                    Planted in sunroom in pots. Never germinated. Got nothing.

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                    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Product did not live up to expectations

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                    from Sharpsburg , Md.

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                          Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                          I planted 45 seeds in pots, so they would grow and be ready to plant after last frost. Only eight of the seeds ever sprouted.Ihad them in 60 to 70 deg. temp, under a grow light.I moved these pots outside when it was warmer in the daytime , and covered them at night when it got cooler. They grew very slow. As they grew I planted in bigger pots to allow the roots to grow. I planted them out , but they did't grow very well , and now I only have 5 plants left. I doubt that they will make it through the winter. I had high hopes , but it didn't work out.

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                          (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Seeds great, Shipping way to expensive,

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                          from Wisconsin

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                                SHIPPING TOO EXPENSIVE

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                experienced gardeners only

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                                from Belleville, Illinois

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                                • Difficult To Germinatge

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                                  Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                                  I am still trying to get 12 more seeds to germinate...

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                                  (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
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                                  didn't come up

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                                  from Harrisburg PA

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                                  planted to attract monarch butterflies

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                                  How-To Guides

                                  How to Germinate and Grow Milkweed Seed

                                  Instructions for preparing and planting Common Milkweed Seed (Asclepias Syriaca) and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias Incarnata) from seed.

                                  Let’s Get Started: Understanding Milkweed Seed & Germinating

                                  Step 1: To start Milkweed seed we recommend starting inside, but before this happens Milkweed seeds need to go through a cold stratification period. Cold stratification is very important for the germination and growth of Milkweed. It helps break the seeds natural dormancy cycle. To do this, we recommend placing Milkweed seed in a damp paper towel or damp sand in a zip lock bag and place in your fridge for 3 – 6 weeks (30 days). Place in an area of the fridge, where it won’t get damaged. We taped ours to the bottom of a refrigerator shelf.

                                  Growing Indoors

                                  Step 2: Planting - Once the 30 days are complete, it’s time to plant the cold stratified Milkweed seeds. We recommend planting in 2-4” peat pots. Fill peat pots ¾ of the way with potting soil and gently add water. Water should be able to drain through the peat pots. Once the soil is damp, place 1-2 cold stratified seeds into each pot. To finish, place ¼ inch of soil on top of the seed.

                                  Watering - Gently water the planted seed to give additional hydration. The best way to water is from the bottom up. Use a flat pan under the peat pots and add a half inch of water to the bottom of the tray. Don’t over water as it can cause fungus. Water every day or every other day as needed, the best way to test the soil dampness is to touch it. If the soil seems dry then add water; if it’s wet, wait for the soil to dry out to water.

                                  Light Requirements - For the next few weeks, make sure the Milkweed is either in a sunny window, in a green house or under a grow light. Milkweed needs lots of sun and warmth to grow. If you’re using a grow light, make sure to lower the bulb closer to the pots or your seedlings may become leggy, as they stretch to the light. Ideally a sturdier stem is better. Cold stratified seeds should germinate and sprout within 10-15 days once planted. In total Milkweed from the day they are cold stratified to growth can take 40 plus days, so be patient!

                                  Other planting options: Place dry seed (not stratified) in seed starting soil and plant in peat pots under a grow light or in a greenhouse to germinate seeds. The success rate for this is low and more difficult to accomplish. If you choose to use this option it can take months for the seeds to germinate.

                                  If you are planting seed outside, we suggest seeding in late fall, and let the Milkweed seed lay on the ground through winter. Milkweed seed will have a long winter of dormancy, so once the sun comes out and the ground warms in the spring, the seeds will germinate on their own.

                                  Transplanting Milkweed Seedling Outdoors

                                  Step 3: Milkweed does well in open areas with full sunlight exposure areas like fields, parks, cultivated gardens, roadsides, highway medians, and road sides. We suggest transplanting Milkweed when the plant is no larger than 3 inches tall. In most cases in transplanting, the Milkweed plant will go though some shock and could lose all its leaves. This happens, don’t panic. The plant is trying to establish its roots and will eventually grow leaves again. This is the main reason we suggest planting seeds in peat pots, because Milkweed roots are very sensitive. Peat pots breakdown over time in the ground, which allows the milkweed roots to grows without being disrupted. We found this to be the best way to transplant. If you decide to plant in plastic containers, make sure it’s deep enough for roots to grow. If you receive a plant already grown in plastic, be careful to take out the plant and not disturb the roots.

                                  When to Plant Milkweed

                                  Soil moisture and temperature are very important when growing Milkweed. The best time to plant Milkweed is in early spring after the danger of frost has passed. If you plant seeds late in the spring, the seeds may not grow due to germination time and temperature. Common Milkweed seed doesn’t germinate over 85 degrees.

                                  Caring for Milkweed Plants

                                  Once your seedling is planted, water it for a few days to get it established, but after that, the plant doesn’t need a lot of supplemental water. Only water if you have an unusual dry spell. Peat pots are nice to use, but you need to be sure there is no top edge above the soil line after transplanting. In dry climates, this will wick away valuable soil moisture. A small 2 1/2" diameter x 3 in. deep pot is ideal. Asclepias are somewhat finicky native plants. So minimizing the time growing in a pot and transplanting them as young plants is the best approach

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