Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Milkweed and Monarchs

I am sure you have heard that the monarch butterflies need some help. They need milkweed plants. You can read it at 

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!

Flying Pig
Butterfly Blessings
~ Feather ~

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