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saving butterfly weed seed

Posted by Hollywog z6soIL (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 2, 05 at 15:18

Hi all! I have had great luck so far my first year collecting seed from my flowers (and I was sooo worried I wouldn't be able to find the seed pods!). I also found a great seed saving site to help. But I don't seem to be able to find butterfly weed on it. We have tons of bright orange butterfly weed growing wild along our roadways, but I have been told it has a long taproot and doesn't transplant well (not to mention it is against the law to move it)and so I would like to collect some seed. Where does it form, and how do I collect it?

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RE: saving butterfly weed seed

They will form long thin pods; very similiar to regular milkweed, but much thinner.

In the link below, they are in the second picture in the row of four.

Here is a link that might be useful: Asclepias tuberosa

RE: saving butterfly weed seed

Once the pods splits, the seeds will be ready to harvest. You'll have to keep checking them. I've found Asclepias tuberosa to be the easiest to harvest. The other varieties of Asclepias split and start falling and flying very quickly, while the tuberosa I can usually get a day or two later, still intact (but split). If you don't manage to harvest any, I could give you plenty! They're also a good candidate for Winter Sowing; the varieties I've winter sown had very high germination (A. incarnata, syriaca, tuberosa, curassavica).

RE: saving butterfly weed seed

Important to store them in frig or use fresh.

RE: saving butterfly weed seed

Hollywog, what is the seed website you're referring to, I'd love to check it out? Thanks!

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