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laketitlow

I live in Southern Minnesota 4b. I am currently really excited about my wetland gardens, my rain gardens, my mini orchard, and perennial vegetables.

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2020
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laketitlow

#seedsaving #seedcollecting. I am very fond of my swamp milkweed. This is a quart jar of seeds stratifing over the winter.

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KariSamuel

What is the other medium in the jar layered with the seeds?

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laketitlow

@KariSamuel sand and water. It is easier to separate the seeds from sand.

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laketitlow

Now I know why I was getting holes in my seed pods.

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valjones-hughes

Chomp, chomp, chomp! The price we pay for having more wonderful butterfly life this year. Shame we can’t have it both ways 🥴

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gjones

At least you're helping to create something beautiful in the end😊

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hbaker4

I have four Monarch Caterpillars on my Milkweed right now, and I’ve already released to brand new Monarchs into the wild, I just love them, and am so happy that I’ve seen so many more caterpillars and butterflies this year!

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laketitlow

@hbaker4 I have seen some monarch roosts this fall. I have not had that in atleast 10+ years. I used to get 50-100 monarchs roosting on my maple trees in the fall.

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gjones

Very pretty

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laketitlow

@gjones. I just enjoy swamp milkweed so much. I have tried growing other milkweed from seed with no luck. (Other than common) I can grow swamp milkweed so easy. I get so many seeds that it is becoming kind of a weedy plant. Good thing they do not spread by rhizomes.

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ambitiouswolf

Mine didn’t bloom this year. And the monarch caterpillars have eaten every leaf off of it.

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laketitlow

It is great to have caterpillars even if they devoured your plant. Good thing they are a vigorous plant. More for next year. I could mail you a seed pod from one of mine. I have lots @ambitiouswolf

48w
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gjones

Beautiful butterfly

49w
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gjones

That's so pretty!

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laketitlow

@gjones thank you. I planted other milkweed seeds which did not germinate so I decided I will only grow swamp milkweed. There is some common milkweed that the other milkweed caterpillars get. They are brown with spiky hairs. I forgot the name.

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columbiariver

Do monarch like this one? I have several of these and ice ballet. We've never had monarchs but I can dream 😘

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laketitlow

@columbiariver yes. They like them. I remember back in the mid 1990's we used to have hundreds of monarchs in our maple trees in the fall at night. I miss those days. I remember if you stood under a crab apple tree in the spring the bees were so loud . I miss them too. Now I have to buy Mason bees to get fruit. Lucky I get bumblebees later.

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laketitlow

Monarch caterpillar

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cyndi

#milkweed #monarchcaterpillar #beneficialcritter

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laketitlow

I have lots of flies on my milkweed this year.

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