What type, and where to find the seeds?
So I was stumbling around the internet and searching out bugs for our scout legacy badge and found the idea of building a monarch waystation as an eco/conservation project. We've gotten permission from our sponsor to build it in the bottom corner of land, about 20 feet from the Tunungant Creek in zone 5 (4b/5a) in north central pennsylvania- winters are cold, and while the creek does flood, it's generally hard to find places where it's more than a foot deep. There are trees that will shadow the area during part of the day but it should get at least 8 hours of full sun. It can grow pretty wild and will have some other stuff(a bench, a sign, nectar feeders). We'd like it to eventually be self seeding, if that's possible.
So what type would function best in this situation?
Is there anything we can add to the soil after it's tilled to specifically encourage the milkweed to thrive?
How fast does it grow and should we wait a year before introducing some caterpillars or can we do it this summer?
What types of routine maintenance does milkweed require?
What is the exact name of the seeds I should order, and can I start them indoors?
Are they frost resistant?
How big do they grow and what type of flowers work best in the same area?
Any special considerations?
I know there's types of milkweed that are native to this area as I used to aggravate my mother's allergies by bringing her handfuls of the pretty white fluffy seed thingies when I was about my daughter's age ;) We were contemplating ordering the basic "east of the rockies" seed packet from monarchwatch.org, but I'd like to start some indoors now so they can be moved and we'll sow extra seeds when we put it together as well.