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Planting Butterfly Milkweed Seeds
Asclepias tuberosa


WHEN TO PLANT ASCLEPIAS SEEDS

Plant outdoors after the first frost begins in the fall  to stratify the seed in time for Spring.

HOW TO PLANT ASCLEPIAS SEEDS

Plant seeds 1/2-1 inch deep into the soil 6-24” apart.

HOW TO CARE FOR ASCLEPIAS

Asclepias is a low-maintenance plant that can live for several years if planted in the proper environment and will come back from a strong taproot every Spring. Asclepias will also readily spread itself via seeds in the late fall, but this can be controlled simply by removing all seed pods in the early fall before they release. Asclepias is a popular butterfly attractor, particularly of the Monarch Butterfly; as long as the plant is healthy, it will readily flower throughout the summer. Fertilization is not necessary. Putting mulch around each plant will reduce competition from weeds or other unwanted plants.


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