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Milkweed Seeds

Asclepias syriaca
Help ease the threat placed on Monarch populations by establishing a patch for their habitat.
Art Pack, 50 seeds
Product ID# FL0126A
$3.95

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 21 days
Days to Maturity 80 (from transplant)
Planting Depth 1/4"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity up to 36 inches
Detailed Product Info

Monarch butterflies, with their striking striped caterpillars, emerald and gold foiled chrysalis, and tiger striped wing patterns, are one of the most beloved of all butterflies. People flock to witness monarch migrations, but people are also responsible for the species near extinction. Loss of natural habitat and exposure to pesticides due to industrial agriculture practices is threatening monarch populations from Canada to Mexico. Growing wild milkweed- the larva's primary habitat plant- creates a monarch sanctuary in your backyard. The more we grow, the more they can thrive.  Be sure to check the detailed growing instruction, below. To learn more about what you can do to save the monarchs, visit Make Way for Monarchs- A Milkweed-Butterfly Recovery Alliance, online.

Growing Instructions

Cold stratification required: direct sow in fall or early winter into a clean, prepared bed. Or, for spring sowing, sow in deep seed-starting pots about ¼" deep, in rich, damp soil. Cover and refrigerate for 3 weeks. Afterwards, move to a 70-degree, well-lit spot for germination, which can take up to 14 days. Transplant outdoors after frost in an area that can remain a milkweed patch for years.

About the Art and Artist
Nancy Blum makes drawings, sculpture, and installations that blend art and science to explore pattern and the architecture of nature.

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