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Awesome!

If they are outside and you have some netting you can put some around to protect them until they are bigger.


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They're in starter cells on the step outside my potting shed, which is inside of the fence around my victory garden.
My plan is to move them to bigger pots after they've had some time to make roots, then transplant them onto the
pond dam later in the fall.

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They're about 3' tall now, with a very well-developed root system.
Transplanted them onto the pond dam yesterday.

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Look very healthy! But this must be a strain of milkweed that is unique to your area or maybe this strain is different than northern strain milkweed? Yours looks like it has a woody stem and thin, flat more veined leaves.

Our milkweed has a soft green fragile stem that oozes milky fluid if bruised. The leaves are wider and thicker. I should find and try to post a picture. see attached but our milkweed in the fields and ditches look different than these pictures too. Maybe they color up more in the fall.

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You have common milkweed which is a different species than swamp milkweed. Both are hosts of Monarch caterpillars.

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Swamp milkweed is native to most of the US.

You probably have it in your area, just need to look in the places that it grows.

The two in my other pic are just babies - started from seed back in the spring.

This time next year they will look like this one.

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Thanks for the primer on milkweed, It sounds like I need to tramp around in wetlands and swamps and see if I can find the swamp milkweed variety. Would it be in pink blossom this time of year?

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FYI the "common" milkweed we used to use to treat posion ivy just spread the milk on the infected area. Not sure if the swamp version does it also.

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NOICE!


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All of the milkweed here has already gone to seed. In my part of Misery bloom usually starts late July/early August, and lasts for most of August.
By the time September rolls around all that's left is a bunch of dried up seed pods.

I just went out and checked the ones that we planted on the pond dam in 2019, in hopes that I could grab some seed to share.
It has dropped already, but I did find this little guy happily munching away.

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Swamp milkweed seed pod:

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NICE!


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The local greenhouse had swamp milkweed for $1 for a 1 foot size plant so I got 12 and planted them right at the waters edge . . being smaller I don’t know if they’ll survive winter or not

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I plucked this seed pod before it dried down enough to start shedding.
I'll stick it in the freezer for the winter, then see if I can get some new ones growing come spring.

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SCPD-

As long as the roots have some room to grow before frost you should be ok. You can add mulch to buy them more time.

Augie- AWESOME

Glad yall took this journy with me:) You should look up local butterfly clubs to see what other host plants are lacking in your area.


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