Every year we get a jump start on spring by starting annual milkweed seeds inside. I have about 75 new milkweeds just coming out in pots, and more seeds planted, plus about 300 old milkweeds that are just putting out their new growth from being cut back for winter, so I think I’ll have enough for them to eat. Why would they do that? Hi Bill, I’m glad to hear you are seeing lots of monarchs, but I hope you guys finally see some relief from that relentless drought! http://www.kait8.com/story/34522117/monsanto-responds-to-class-action-lawsuit-over-dicamba. February 2019 March 2020 Here’s a breakdown of how to start your seeds in milk jugs Cut the milk jug in half using a knife or scissors. Add this performance enhancing trick for best results attract bees and butterflies to the landscape throughout the growing season. I have found that these seeds are MUCH less work than natives as far as germinating! Milkweed seedlings can be started indoors in a greenhouse or under artificial lighting and then transplanted outdoors after the average date of last frost. I’m interested to see how much faster this process works compared to just setting the cuttings in a glass of water…last year some of my cuttings rotted using this simpler method. I have so many caterpillars they have stripped my plants, leaves can't grow fast enough. With a little knowledge, most seeds are easy to start and care for indoors. We have had a struggle growing the calotropis species in our northern region, but have one repotted procera that looks promising. Keep in mind some species like common will spread by underground rhizomes. Do you have information on the season in the mountains (5,500 ft.) of California? In fact, many California plants do not need a frost to trigger germination, but it is on a species by species basis. I am in zone 6a (NW AR.) My podcast Wonder Outside debuts on 4/22 in a few days...can I mention you as a resource for planting milkweed? Is this normal? Okay, it appears I crapped up on this one. I replaced the foam inserts that came with my bucket and used rockwool inserts because my cuttings were rotting in the foam. PS keep looking for eggs! When we bring in our tropical milkweed to overwinter we cut it back and spray it down with hydrogen peroxide to kill pathogens…besides cutting back to discard potential disease spores, it’s also a good idea for keeping out uninvited pests! Gently add water until soil is damp. The first thing you need to know is when to start your seeds. Hi Margaret, you could cut them back now so there are 2-3 sets of leaves and they will put out bushier growth. You grass is dead and trees are distress. Hi Melodee, native milkweed is the cornerstone of a successful butterfly garden, but a mix of native and non-native varieties (like tropical) will give you the best results for attracting monarchs. When start milkweed plant for inside? Really looking forward to planting these out in the garden this summer! Would there be any advantage to starting them indoors or should I just wait until the last frost? Rebecca ChandlerGarden Educator, Naturalist and Ethnobotanist, October 2020 Place the pots under a grow light or near a sunny window. Fill the cups with seed starter soil inside of … As a place people can visit for how to plant? I have lots of milkweed seeds of tropical milkweeds ( curassavica) in orange, yellow and red and the white monkey pod milkweeds (physocarpa). Do you know of a calendar that would tell me what to do when? I’m very new to all this, but I decided I would try to grow some milkweed my east facing balcony. I have 3 different species to try. If it is difficult to keep these temperatures, use a seed starter heat mat to maintain proper temperatures. Purchase a large bag each of peat and potting soil, as many plastic seeding trays as you'd like, and milkweed seeds at a gardening store. I bought six varieties:Autumn Blaze, Common, Butterfly, Mexican, Swamp, and Showy all from Seed Needs in Michigan. Why just one? There is no reason not to at least attempt to get them to germinate. Chill in a refrigerator at least 30 days. Sow three or four milkweed seeds in a 4-inch peat pot filled three-quarters full with potting mix. Hi Trecia, I am familiar with the potential issues of growing tropical milkweed and have discussed them in other posts and on social media. Might be a silly question but can I save the leaves by freezing? Cold-treating your seeds causes better germination results in plants that are native to temperate climates, such as most types of milkweed. 'S more than I ’ m going to try anyway by species basis mix... 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