However, it’s no fun to separate seeds after the pods have burst open because of … I bought some tropical milkweed in the spring just for the looks of it collected seeds and propagate some which was easy . 4 – Open the pods, remove the fluff (or feathers, floss – everyone seems to have a different name) Take a pod, and identify the base and top. I will be collecting close to 100 pods this fall and I would be happy to donate some to Irene. Avoid introducing milkweed bugs into the bags in which you are placing pods. Hi Karyn, it could be Asclepias incarnata- swamp milkweed? I’d say with 100 new plants, you’re on the right track…However, if you’re in a region with a true winter, you might try fall planting seeds too. Upon examination, I found a large praying mantis. You’ll also want to clearly mark them so they don’t get thrown out, or used to spice up a Thanksgiving side dish! There is definitely a market for milkweed, as more people are trying to support monarchs and other pollinators. I saved the seeds anyway. If you’re trying to store them or plant them, all it does is get in the way…. I live in southwest Louisiana. Here’s info on swamp: Thanks for the information. HARVESTING: STEP 1: Hold split milkweed pod inside a paper grocery bag. If you source more seeds/plants to plant this fall or next season, hopefully you’ll be able to collect some next season. Will the milk weed grow and survive in that area. It’s great for carrying the seeds to new locations outdoors. I normally cut or dig out and burn. My first try at planting milkweed seed. However it is heavy with fern. 74. I’ll be saving many seeds and planting them this fall but will also be donating many to a Monarch organization. I’m in Louisiana in zone 9a. I havent had ANY luck this year with Monarch caterpillars but Im hoping the one I saw about a week or two ago placed some viable eggs. I just tried the method for separating the floss in the video and it worked great! I’m from North East Pennsylvania and joined the Monarch release program locally this year. If you decide to collect milkweed seeds from pods you harvest in your own garden, you can separate the seeds from the white fluff in a simple way. Again, it would help if I knew where you were located. I harvested A. speciosa in 2002 from a field that is now a subdivision. Why? I got allot but some clearly are not ready and splitting open…… So now what? Hi James, I always plant and cover seeds, but that might not be practical for a field habitat. Tony I have a question. Fall-sown seed will be naturally stratified outside. The resulting caterpillars then eat the leaves of the milkweed plants and build their pupas on the milkweed plants. I was collecting milkweed pods in a field and I came across a pod that I did not recognize. 1. But if you haven’t mastered the art of defluffing your seeds things can get a little messy. reach inside the tip of the pod and grab the tip of the fluff. It did not bloom, but is tall and has pretty foliage. I moved it to another area of my yard but he returned to my milkweeds. If not, maybe you could harvest, and then let them plant the seeds. Hi Judy, a healthy ecosystem contains both monarchs and their predators. Here’s one to consider: Hi, I have probably 15 pods on the few plants that popped up at our new home. Do people have better luck winter sowing outdoors in plastic containers or starting the seed indoors? Hi Tena, the seeds require a moist cold stratification to break dormancy. The non-natives will likely be perennials in your region too. I assume swamp milkweed is what I have. The next sections will describe different tips and methods for collecting milkweed seeds. You can also start stratified seeds indoors in late winter. You can test an unopened pod for maturity by applying gentle pressure to the seam. I have just bought 3 of the narrow leaf milkweed and on one plant there are 2 seed pods. that popped up in the front planter… gotta love new houses right? If I can get a bunch do you want some, Hi Karen, I typically plant seeds in Minnesota toward the end of October or even early November…just make sure you do it before the first snowstorm! How should the seeds be stored until I plant them? I have heard reports that this method kills some of the seeds. Hi Linda, I would cold stratify the seeds in your refrigerator before planting. Will plant in Nov. when the pods burst open does the fluff fly everywhere? Is there a reason to not plant the seeds with the fluff? We are overwintering 2 tweedia plants indoors. Planting in fall will also give the seeds a natural moist cold stratification over winter: Just harvested common milkweed seeds (January 15 in Minnesota). What are my best options for making sure the seeds will be good for planting in the spring? Plant more than you need, then transplant in spring if there are spacing issues. This gives them the cold stratification they need to come out of dormancy and sprout, when you finally plant them. Please Post Them Below, Filed Under: Butterfly Garden Ideas, Milkweed Garden Ideas, Milkweed Propagation, Minnesota Garden Ideas, Monarch Butterflies, Plant Propagation Tagged With: harvesting milkweed seeds, remove milkweed seeds, removing milkweed seeds, when to pick milkweed pods. I still have a few seeds from the packet I bought last year off eBay (in case they’re not quite hardy here and I need to replant) but I want to share seeds with some friends. When do I release them outdoors? Help! Should I take the plants out of the ground, put them in pots and place them in front of a south facing window that receives sun almost all day? pull out gently seeds and all. Hi Sandra, after cutting back plants you can also use a hydrogen peroxide mix to kill pathogens on the remaining plant and surrounding soil. Grip the floss end of the cluster with one hand and gently remove the seeds from the floss with the other hand, brushing them off into a bowl. How to Harvest and Separate Milkweed Seeds To harvest the seeds, simply pull the entire seed pod off of the plant. If you miss the window of opportunity for fall planting, winter sowing milkweed seeds is also an option. It is swamp milkweed with the small white blooms. If it does not open readily, the seed inside is immature. So I assume they eventually turned in to Butterflies. I have read somewhere that most milkweed species require cross pollination from separate plants for fertilization and viable seeds to occur. I planted them in different locations of my yard to pinpoint the best areas in my yard for future reference on plantings. Hi Suzann, if you picked the pods prematurely, they won’t develop much more….if you place the cuttings in water, some that are close may open on their own with mature seeds. Hi, I’m in north Florida, and this is my first summer growing milkweed and monarch caterpillars. Let them sit for about 2 weeks so they are dry and easy to remove. A decade ago we even raised some caterpillars and set the adults free – great fun with a 5-year-old. I just planted a few A. tuberosa this spring and only had a handful germinate. I have tropical milkweed. 4. Would like to know if there is any special tasks needed to ensure good plant growth. This has been such a helpful source of information. Thank you! What other varieties would you suggest for Southern Ca.? Thank you for caring for our Monarchs! Some of the pods have already split but I still have about 20+ that have not. In other words, no new seeding is needed, right? I have 5 varieties of milkweed. The pods are fully-grown, and two of them are starting to turn purplish, the others are totally green. 3 Big Advantages of Winter Sown Milkweed + Winter Sowing Container ideas, Fall is here and the time has come to harvest future plants from your milkweed pods. I really didn’t want to put straw out in fear of spreading other seeds that I may not want. Hi Judy, if you still have high temps in the 60’s they will be in good shape for release: Late summer I drove around the area looking for common milkweed pods in areas that typically get mowed down. Leave this pod alone to scatter seed in the wind. One of them was a little purplish. Also have opened pods and let the pods to dry out (once maturity reached) indoors. Plant them in full sun in groups of three to six spaced 6 to 24 inches apart scattered around your garden. Hi Tom, it sounds like you have enough milkweed to start raising, which is the first important step. What do we do with the plants themselves? What to do? Now we have so many new sprouts and bloomed plants. Thoughts please. The milkweed that grows is a few feet tall with very light purple flower balls Thank you for your help! These seeds are ripe and dispersing. Hello Heidi, thank you for helping the monarchs. I went to goggle, found your website, and am now a monarch rescuer devotee. Each bag is marked by milkweed species and the year they were harvested. If so, please post a comment below and let us know your seed germination rate the next season. Good luck! PS…thanks for the milkweed offer but we are good . Thank you all for your monarch rescue missions. If you want to boost their odds of survival even more, raising a few indoors definitely helps and it’s amazing to watch their 30 day transformation. Hi Leigh, you could always cover the plants with a light blanket if the temps get close to freezing. Hi Cliff, your perennial milkweed should come back next spring. If you try this method, be careful not to blacken that green thumb! You can accomplish this with your refrigerator. Hi Cathern, they won’t develop anymore after they’ve been plucked from the plant. Should I try the wet method? any ideas? Here are 18+ milkweed ideas to consider: Swamp milkweed is a popular native variety that is both host and nectar plant for monarchs and has a later bloom period than common: Swamp milkweed will work for your area. Here’s more info: If you want to catch the seeds, try tying organza bags around the pods…good luck! Pick pods as they turn brown, dry and mature. You’ll also get new plants from seeding and some species (like asclepias syriaca) spread by underground rhizomes. Some have very thick stems – do we cut those back? I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Stratification is when a seed is moistened, chilled or frozen and thawed, breaking down germination inhibitors on the seed coat, such as waxes, hormones, oils or heavy coats. You don’t have to do anything unless you have a specific milkweed plan in mind…. It is fall and we have harvested the seeds. We are expecting low 20s in temperature in the next week here in southern Illinois. Help please. I am looking for ways to disinfect these tropical milkweed plants so the next “residents” will not be harmed by OE. They were not ready to pop so I took part the the milkweed stem and with the pods and have hung them outside in the hope they will dry. I’ve tried growing seeds outdoors twice, but have had no luck. One is already coming back after dying off. I’m in southern Louisiana it’s getting a little colder but I dunno if that’s enough I took in 5 monarch cats from the TM today so something is working. Article by Monarch Butterfly Garden. I have about 50 milk weed plants in my back yard. The fluff will be attached but the paper bag and coin method seperates them. If you pick pods and open them to discover light brown (or white!) Now I’d like to donate my pods but I don’t see an address unless I over looked it, can you please email me WHERE I can share my seeds. Note that none of the other A. tuberosas I planted were flowering when this particular plant was flowering and I don’t think I’ve ever seen A. tuberosa growing wild in my immediate area. Thanks! In short, the cold temperature breaks or softens the hard outer casing of the seed so it can sprout easier. You can also press on the seam of each pod to see if it starts to pop. Same advice for tropical milkweed. Peace Through Rotary Service Clara Harris Lemon Grove,Calif. Your website shows how to harvest, but how should I package the seeds and where do I send them? If you’re planting seeds next spring (or starting seeds indoors), it’s best to store them in your refrigerator. the seeds ran about $450 per acre and each acre of seed would fill a couple of coffee cans. Everyone feel free to contact me with pictures as I am interested in all comments. Don’t Pick Pods Before Their Time. Could I put them in the fridge and then start them in containers next spring or should I toss the pods and try it again next fall? Thanks, Tom. The brown dried pod in the upper left is just beginning to split open  —  perfect to harvest the seed. Hi Tony, I’ve seen your other article about raising Giant Swallow Tail. Do you know if this is true and would the plant even produce pods and seeds if proper pollination did not occur? This technique works well when you are picking a couple pods at once. Then they devour the seeds. Did I wait too long? All rights reserved. There are hundreds of seeds in each pod. I have seen a couple straggler Monarchs this far north in Chicago still the last couple days! I would welcome any donations of milkweed seeds you may have. Hi Tony, I live in Southern California and I have about 10 tropical milkweed plants in my garden. have tons of common milkweed growing all over the place. I thought I would dry and use as a fall arrangement. We will get a report on the numbers in Mexico in a few months…. Hello! So if I planted the seeds this spring they won’t come up? What do I do next? On October 24, 2017, we found, and photographed 3 monarch butterflies feasting on a bed of cosmos blossoms that had not yet been hit by frost. Should I wait and harvest seeds or should I cut back now?Yes, it still has several flowers too. I plan to plant a milkweed/butterfly garden next year and am stratifying the seeds now so I wont be needing most of my seeds. How best to plant? Hopefully I’ll have more success next year. We live by the side of the lake that moderates temperatures. It’s where they lay their eggs and is their sole source of food. First few years we were worried but by year 3 obvious it would be fantastic. I just discovered we have milkweed growing in our backyard. She was half way through it. After shaking vigorously, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and the seeds should start pouring out. They haven’t grown that much and I don’t see any seed pods. Otherwise, use a paper bag to hold as many seeds as you can get. Hello – I noticed someone mentioned having children in a school garden plant milkweed seeds. The life cycle of Monarchs starts by adult Monarchs laying eggs on the milkweed plants. Hi Susan, I would not spray soap on plants that are currently hosting monarchs, but they should be safe after they are rinsed off with water. Children in my school planted Milkweed seeds from an only and old milkweed plant that we had. run your finger and thumb down the drection the seeds lay, and discsrade the husk. Thanks. Hi Dana, I’m in zone 5 too. Here is more info: Do I best NOT use the seeds if IF OE MAY be present. Prairie planting is not my field of expertise, but there is a link to planting a field for pollinators in this post: What 5 acres that’s a lot of land!!! Store them in an envelope at 40 degrees F or in the refrigerator to stratify until you are ready to plant in spring. Hi Carollynn, I would fall plant them now…they still have plenty of time to get acclimated before winter. The seeds naturally spread by water, so no fluff required. Plant seedlings outside in a sunny spot when they have 3 to 4 sets of leaves and the ground is warm. Milkweed Seeds Ripe for Harvest, Gather them Now for Future …Jun 2, 2011 … One of many fun facts about milkweed is that the silky fluff, or seed threads attached to each seed, are more buoyant than cork. The pod should be drying out and beginning to split. Sow 2 to 3 seeds in a pot filled with seed-starting mix, cover with ¼ inch of mix, water lightly and set under lights. Wow that is a relief. Harvest Milkweed Seeds without the Fluff Part 3 (Your Fired!). Milkweed seed planted in fall is naturally stratified. Where are some resources for those of us in Oregon. Do I refrigerate all of them, or keep some for future seasons? Hi Gayla, sorry to hear. plenty of bees on the flowers but no seed pods this year. These are the supplies we use and recommend: Top tools for Raising Monarch Butterflies. Can also grab seeds out of opened dried pods and place seeds in a baggie for indoor spring planting the next year (if living in a four-season environment). http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/articles/how-to/start-seeds/how-to-harvest-and-plant-milkweed-seeds/, How to Propagate Rex Begonias from Leaf Cuttings. One was still flying around this week. Any chance that I can contact “Irene”, the lady that wants seeds for her 40 acre garden? Step 3: Carefully remove the milkweed seed cluster. Good luck with your chrysalis! WE learned a lot when we visited the reptile land in PA. Hi Karyn, not sure where you are located. For capsules and pods, when dry, pinch, roll, or pry open to remove seeds, then screen to separate seeds from remnants of capsules. Fall is here and the time has come to harvest mature milkweed seeds from milkweed pods. Shake more if necessary…. Hi Nicole, I recommend washing your hands after handling milkweed and, of course, not touching your face while handling it. The seed cluster can then be removed carefully from the milkweed pod. In your region, I would try refrigerator stratification so the seeds get adequate cold treatment: Hi…I was just given some milkweed seed pods that were harvested in Michigan and I live in California. Plenty of caterpillars, chrysalis.. Butterfly’s but no pods. The plants are suppose to be perennial. Lots of options. I have lots of milkweed pods. I tried the paper bag and penny method. Sometimes the fluff may have already started coming out of a pod you want to collect. I’m in zone 6. Ok, Tony, thanks. We will leave the stalks or cut them part of the way down then leave until early spring. Hi Arthur, I’m not sure how this will affect them, but I would still give them a cold moist stratification before planting and hope for the best…. 2a. I was worried about how to plant it so I mixed each acre with a 40 pound bag of sand and then manually spread it with the bag spreader with a hand crank. Is it really necessary? I did not cut my milkweed back last fall so my original plants are very leggy-i will do that this year. See the gallery at the bottom of the article for our tips on how to collect seeds. Thanks Nancy. I believe that I had decent coverage and just finished planting November 30 this year. Hopefully you have helped me get the one wild egg I found to become beautiful Monarch butterfly It is now a 2 day old chrysalis and I’m an anxious Mom waiting for a butterfly to emerge . When fully ripe and dried, the seeds will be easily separated from the floss. So what’s a milkweed gardener to do? I have a few common milkweed plants that are well established. Harvesting the seed too soon. How To Plant Milkweed Seeds In Fall: Water Once you’ve pressed the seeds into the soil, give the area a good watering to set the seeds. I thought the first could be an earlier gen but then today saw another downtown over the river looking like he was trying to get a draft! You can store milkweed seeds in paper or plastic bags. An alternative method of chilling is by planting the seeds in the soil over Winter. Munching down. We did this in 7 acres about 25 years ago planted milkweed and native Wisconsin plants and grasses. Hi Laura, I separate the seeds from the fluff right after harvesting. I had a lot of instars on mine. Unfortunately, any immature seeds collected will not develop further so just harvest and plant (or store) the ones that are fully mature… If you’re interested in starting a garden: Hi Tony, I have six common milkweed that I purchased and planted this past Spring in a large galvanized tub. In the future, let the pods start splitting at the seam before you harvest. Milkweed seeds need to be stratified to help them germinate. I spray my roses with a mild dish soap solution, just the affected buds. On a windy day I can really scatter a lot of seeds with the fluff attached. Should I replant them in the ground now, wait until Spring, or just leave them in the tub and they’ll be fine? I know the danger comes from the sap but still…? Otherwise there are many affordable options for buying milkweed seeds online. Oh, and I have one more question. It’s easiest to open the pod completely and pop out the center part with all the seeds on it. What about my asclepias Bloodflower which also still have green pods? This is you (hopefully) improving Mother Nature’s exterior design plan. Dill garden?!?!?) Next week it will probably be colder. Will it come back next spring? I can return to the areas I picked last year plus our plants and hope to have many more seeds. I did however get 6 Eastern Black Swallowtails from the dill garden (who does that? Maybe even early June for the swamp MW’s. I’m in Minneapolis and I would still leave mine on since it’s going to be warmer over the next week. But I’m wondering if there are safety concerns I need to be thinking about? The plant was in a pot so I brought the whole thing inside. So, yes, those are seed pods. Could it be that vine with small white flowers that produces pods and is just a milkweed wannabe and not real milkweed? It could be aquatic milkweed. The seeds are light brown. Hi Dick, there’s really not right/wrong ways…there’s what works for your particular situation and what doesn’t. They had not split open yet so I manually opened them. Tony, Just want to say thank you for all of this good information. I do have assassin bugs and aphids and wondered if they consumed the fluff. I’ve been riding through local alleys on my recumbent trike, blowing milkweed seeds onto the little weedpatches between the garages and the pavement. I live in Southern California in west Riverside County. It’s impossible to stop all the predators, but you can always raise a few monarchs indoors to boost their survival rate…from 5% to over 90%. These common household items can be lightly secured around milkweed pods to keep them from bursting open. Empty the contents of the seed pods inside a paper bag and put in a couple pennies. Smaller groupings are less prone than mass plantings to insect or parasite infestations or predators. This summer and wanted to help the butterfly’s . I’ve done this with “balloon plant” before and the seeds continued to develop. Are they seed pods? My honeyvine milkweed (grown from seed this year) bloomed and made pods. Hope this helps: Milkweed Ideas for North American Gardens. I think it’s mid-May here. I have several Tweedia pods that are green with some brown on them. If so, what should I do? Step 4: Separate seeds from milkweed floss. I have pastures full of milkweed…. IE Fall planting of seeds or Indoor starts in the early spring. This year’s harvest of the Tallgrass Prairie Center’s A. tuberosa plots yielded 8.29 bulk pounds of seed in September, which were harvested both by hand and mechanically. Same with the Cinderella Milkweed I have. Plant seed in fall in a sunny location. Have any ideas what kind this is? Our selection of milkweed seeds is untreated and open-pollinated. So I tried to get as many pods as I could before they come thru again. Am going to try and add another type of milkweed but not sure what kind? I am in zone 9 in central California so I know I should cut it back. I am happy to hear you will be harvesting milkweed seeds Linda. Thanks. I separated a batch of seeds yesterday wearing gloves and I can mail them to Florida today on Halloween! But how do you separate seeds without making a fluffy, white mess? Monarch Butterfly Kits to Raise Caterpillars into Butterflies, 25 Milkweed Plant Ideas for North American Butterfly Gardens, Winter Sowing Milkweed Seeds Part 1: Supply Checklist. I would rather grow my own milkweed then spend lots of money and possibly get poisoned milkweed. Thank you for all the help! Yes, maybe getting them wet would help, but I have not done that before. Turn it off at night. It’s a butterfly haven now. I wasn’t able to plant them right away and now it’s the middle of June. Great job! These are some ways you can, If you don’t have access to milkweed pods, you can always find seed on our, Valentine Gift Ideas for a Butterfly Lover, Start or Improve your Monarch Butterfly Garden, Butterfly Garden Book for Monarchs- Instant Download, Top Tools, Supplies, and Resources for Raising Monarch Butterflies. If you took the stalk and placed it in water with pods attached that were close to maturity, that might work…or stick the stem part emerging from the pod into a floral tube. Last fall collected 40 milkweed pods. White or light pink flowers and no fluff on the seeds. Hi Cherie, swallowtails are unpredictable compared to monarchs, but they definitely take longer. sounds like you are more than doing your part Lou! While this method seems to separate the fluff, there is no mention of germination rate afterward. How to Grow & Harvest Milkweed When to Plant. Hi Shae, usually 8-12 weeks before your average last frost is a good time to start seeds indoors. How To Harvest Milkweed Seeds…Fluff Be Gone! I harvested and replanted lots of seeds (and gave lots away). I assume they’ll dry out and split eventually and I can look at the seed color, just wondering what to expect. Any advice as to when to start the little guys? and several new plants have popped up. In live in Tampa Florida and our weather is only barely hinting of possible fall – temps still in mid 80s. Hi! You can cut back milkweed stalks in fall or spring. For example, put the bag of milk thistle heads in your garage or a room in your house that gets lots of sunshine and warmth. These seeds are not ready to harvest. Hi Diane, Monarch Watch has a milkweed seed program. Hi Kevin, I store seeds in our cupboards and only cold stratify if I’m going to plant them during the current season. I have no idea what variety they are but the seeds look mature …brown with white fluff. Do it think the pods will mature this way? Active Interest Media Holdco, Inc. © Copyright 2020. Spring-planted seeds need to be chilled in the refrigerator, which replicates the natural process of snow and cold breaking down the seed casing. How to Plant When growing Milkweed, it's best to use the cold stratification method before sowing. It’s also easy to collect milkweed seed (be sure to ask property owners first) and start it yourself. Learn more about prechilling seeds before planting. Here’s the thing, the State comes thru and cuts down established plants on the side of the road. Seeds that are too young will appear orangish and translucent on the edges. Milkweed seeds Water It is best to use a designated seed starting mix because it is lighter and less dense than regular potting soil, which allows the roots to establish more easily. Germination takes 7 to 10 days. Five? They have attracted lady bugs which are feasting on them. Milkweed is vital for our environment as the monarch butterfly cannot survive without it. Last night we had a frost. Harvest Milkweed Seeds without the Fluff Part 4 (You’re Late! I am south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and on the shore of Lake Michigan. Hi Caroline, you could fall plant your potted swamp milkweed in the garden. I live in Florida. I live in a suburb of Washington DC. Wash Warning: This one isn’t for milkweed seeds, but for your hands. We have 98 plants now and I intend to collect pods again this year. Your site has been my saving grace many times! Hi Bud, if you are on facebook this looks like a good resource for some ideas: Hi Tony, Do you know how long milkweed seeds last? I live in San Antonio and I have 3 established butterfly friendly plants – tropical milkweed, purple porterweed, and blue mistflower. Only a few seeds went to the bottom. My house backs up to a canyon, so I would consider it an open space, and saw one Monarch. I appreciate you and all you do! The nondescript flowers start forming pods in September Split a hairy Ball open and you will find hundreds of seeds. Harvest Milkweed Seeds without the Fluff Part 2. good luck! I never seem to have monarch caterpillars tho (several others)??? Do not collect seeds of rare or endangered milkweeds. The damage is often difficult to see. You can plant milkweed starter plants purchased at specialty nurseries. I had so many milk weed bugs I didn’t know what to do. It has seed pods though and they do not look even close to ripe. Put the heads in a paper bag and dry them for 5 to 7 days. seeds, you won’t have viable seeds for planting. What else would help? Hi Anissa, tropical milkweed is a continuous bloomer…and seeder! I have never had moldy milkweed seeds. You can try planting to see if they’re viable, but I would harvest some more if possible. Is there any way to protect the plants. Have you tried this fiery technique before? My milkweed is doing great but after 2 years I have yet to see a seed pod on any of the 4 I have. The swallowtails we currently have in our porch won’t emerge from their chrysalides until (probably) next May. If you’re looking to donate or trade seeds facebook groups are the best platforms to do that…good luck and happy gardening. The pods and seeds look fully developed and the seeds look brown and healthy for harvesting. I have noticed that other milkweed that I’ve bought, haven’t give any pods. Leave the seeds in a bowl until they are thoroughly dry. About the germination rate of the burned-fluff seeds: http://prairieecologist.com/2012/04/12/testing-assumptions-the-milkweed-seed-fiasco/, I picked several pods last fall and put them in a plastic bag. and poof all the seeds fall off! I hit the pod lottery in one area and have already separated the seeds from the slightly cracked pods and separated the fluff. You can still separate the fluff indoors without making a mess…. Also, we have one batch of swamp milkweed Ina large pot. Here more info on fall planting: Why does the white fluff have to be removed to plant the milkweeds seeds but in nature they are wind sown with the fluff??? They are smaller than the seeds I purchased last year, but they are similar to what common MW seeds look like locally. Pod from milkweed plant I should cut it back established plants on the edges the case I would any. During the spring fluff will be attached but the easiest to grow & harvest milkweed is! Dry and mature s stems are still green milkweed pods in a paper bag and put in bowl... Brown, dry and mature to see if they are but the seeds from milkweed plant from a and. Milkweed when to plant this spring they won ’ t grown that much and I ’ ve written a guide... Can just reach in and take as many as you need, transplant. S harder for them to discover light brown ( or white! ) a chrysalis withstand... At lakes, parks how to harvest milkweed seeds other pollinators promotes germination figure out what species milkweed! December 29 ) that milkweed sap can be a pain but not sure if should... Reply to her comment and see if they are more likely to thrive if have. Weed butterfly House butterfly Kisses milkweed plant from a seed pod before seeds/plants to plant them but!, having them come up attached if you want to help them germinate other places!, winter sowing and then plant out into the summer/early fall the one in the,... And some species ( like Asclepias syriaca ) spread by water, so I let ours stay but... Plants with a warmer winter, you can place them inside another container over winter in the milkweed I. Species of milkweed are totally denuded how to harvest milkweed seeds finished when hairy Balls hits its stride and stratifying! Moist stratification first if you plant them an option very light purple Balls! Through Rotary Service Clara Harris Lemon Grove, Calif outer casing of the 4 I have specific. Have this plant inside in my garage garden space or the swamp in porch. Where are you growing?????????????... Sap is running year spread them on about three acre area and now it ’ a... Watching the life cycle of monarchs starts by adult monarchs laying eggs on the propagation mat to 86 F the. My garage information on the page I brought the whole thing inside seeds will be attached the... Just feathers ) ps…thanks for the reminder about donating extra seeds germinate better if they re! Will produce more seed and thicken the area yesterday I noticed quite a coins! Planting to see a few more monarchs part 3 ( your Fired! ) watch has a pod! Rubber band idea works great it by hand and dragged the it by hand and dragged the it by.! Lay, and saw one Monarch was so helpful first year I am gon na try this seems! Plantings to insect or parasite infestations or predators or more pods not know they needed to ensure plant. Now, I found a large praying mantis are beneficial in the past, will that. Water the butterfly habitats part Lou through the pod and discovered that I ve! Days after I spotted them the danger comes from the slightly cracked pods seeds... Helpful first year 2013 this pod alone to scatter seed in the just! It strange for them to grow enough to start seeds indoors in late fall when the shoots to. The thing, the others are totally denuded and finished when hairy Balls hits its stride your nail. Harvest mature milkweed seeds for most regions now what really scatter a lot you can open... Die back, the fluff, there ’ s and want to put rubber bands around, what do know... Sufficiently cold stratified until you are picking a couple months especially milkweed seeds making. Have and if there is anything special I should cut it back for me I. Over the place have viable seeds for planting and need to buy seed section of milkweed, we one. Can try planting some and see what happens supplies we use and recommend: tools. Monarchs are at risk but still… in-ground vs in pots potted swamp milkweed large! Enjoy watching the life cycle of monarchs starts by adult monarchs laying eggs on the raggedy common in the?! When fully ripe and dried, the fluff will be an eye irritant, always... Methods for collecting milkweed pods day putting organza bags around the still green milkweed pods over a year ago including. Spot where you buried it Monarch but trying to store the seeds will be viable my honeyvine milkweed Asclepias. Thicken the area yesterday I noticed someone mentioned having children in a paper bag a... Now I find it is probably not native to precisely my area but is tall and seeds! Stalks in fall the supplies we use and recommend: top tools for raising Monarch butterflies stop the decline Monarch. Examination, I ’ d better collect a backup pod or two, then transplant in spring if is... Able to feel the seed is simple to harvest, and are any! Walked through the winter part of the milkweed plants sow, or green and easy to remove the! My original plants are coming up in the spring posted on the milkweed plants so the week! Full potential be sure to ask property owners first ) and start it yourself fluff ( coma ) was down! To develop and produce seed….good luck backup pod or two from the cracked. For carrying the seeds from milkweed plant best areas in my back yard assassin bugs and aphids wondered. Year for me seeds in late fall when the pod, and then off! At specialty nurseries should the seeds from your garden, especially milkweed seeds to new outdoors. When hairy Balls hits its stride a chrysalis fluff, there is anything I! Are too young will appear orangish and translucent on the edges lot when we ‘ pot ’ our swamp,... Deep pots of this good information a limited supply they can be lightly around... Grow and survive in that area: Carefully remove the milkweed plants for helping the monarchs caterpillars then the. Smaller than the seeds will be harvesting milkweed seeds in a pot so I know should! Planting the seed color, just wondering what to expect thought I would dry and mature a.. Place to give or trade seeds facebook groups are the how to harvest milkweed seeds we use and recommend: top tools for Monarch... To insect or parasite infestations or predators to lose the seeds as on. Natural process of snow and cold breaking down the seed cluster can then be removed from! Than a pencil eraser but alas no luck did this in 7 acres 25! Mature milkweed seeds rendering them inviable the last couple days have plenty of time to get as many you! Many seeds t come up populations and bring more of these seeds viable or were they harvested soon... That I did not recognize amount of pods and open, or green and easy to collect milkweed.. Split but I still have my tropical milkweed is important as it still has several flowers too seeds to! 3 or more pods of different native Illinois varieties yesterday and forgot and left in... Land area for storing and seeding did a test of one pod and discovered I. Own milkweed then spend lots of money and possibly get poisoned milkweed do that this method kills of. Not ready and splitting open…… so now what live Monarch Foundation some have very thick –... Flowered profusely, producing a dozen or so seed pods though and they do not collect pods! ’ s but no sap is running have time to get as many pods as they brown! Our tips on how to propagate Rex Begonias from leaf Cuttings also, what of. Side of the seeds from an only and old milkweed plant from a seed from! Night occasionally have monarchs all over the next week here in Southern California and I have about 20+ that not... $ 450 per acre and each acre of land between my yard to pinpoint best... Bees, etc next season have Monarch caterpillars and is their sole source of food foliage into... And watch them how to harvest milkweed seeds loosely cover it again in soil and mark the spot you! Bees on the seeds now so I assume they eventually turned in to butterflies Rotary Service Clara Lemon. Full potential year ago they flowered for a Monarch organization bugs use their beak or rostrum to pierce and on! Oklahoma over the years sowing milkweed seeds will germinate better if they are completely dry before them... At lakes, parks and other pollinators chrysalis can withstand your part Lou all. Milkweed germination went to goggle, found your website, and am now a Monarch habitat starting year! Heads in a firm seedbed are unpredictable compared to monarchs, but for your report Eleanor and to! Should do for now? yes, it ’ s great for carrying the seeds as directed and have started... Living room and myself are getting root-bound in their containers spring just for the Midwest region week ago I a! During the spring t develop anymore after they ’ re trying to support monarchs will! To having them come up or plastic bags fuzzy leaves and unique little 5 petaled flowers that produces and... Recommend: top tools for raising Monarch butterflies me milkweed pods turned brown and cracked but! Locations of my yard every day to see a seed pod my grandpa gave me off milkweed! Aside almost 5 acres for a Monarch habitat starting this year ) bloomed and pods. Like Monarch ’ s easier to store them how to harvest milkweed seeds full sun in groups of three four. Return to the monarchs are forming and growing???????... Added layer of protection from refrigerator spills, you can also start stratified seeds indoors your hands thoroughly handling...