I am sure you have heard that the monarch butterflies need some help. They need milkweed plants. You can read it at http://www.monarchwatch.org/milkweed/
Today my milkweed seed kit from Monarch Watch arrived
|Milkweed in seeds from Monarch Watch|
Three varieties should hopefully mean success. There is Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed aka Rose Milkweed, and Butterfly Milkweed. Other varieties are shown here: Milkweed Index
These perennial seeds do best if they are cold-stratified for 6 weeks before planting. There are so many different suggested ways of ensuring the seeds germinate. After some online research I have decided to "plant" my seeds in between moist paper towels and keep them in the fridge until I can plant them outdoors
|Swamp Milkweed Seeds|
So far so good!
|Common Milkweed Seeds on moist paper towel|
|Butterfly Milkweed Seeds|
I folded the damp paper towels up with the seeds inside and put them in plastic sandwich bags and then into the fridge. I will check on the every week. This is supposed to mimic a winter environment. Maybe I should put them into the freezer! When
|Ready to go into the fridge for 6 weeks|
And until the plants and then hopefully the butterflies arrive I will have to be content with the flying pig! I will keep you updated over the summer!