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.
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.
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.
I have an abundance of common milkweed here. I'll share seed with anyone that wants it, and won't even ask for the four bits it'll cost to mail it out.
With any good luck I'll have enough swamp milkweed seed to share late next summer. If the seed I collected last summer is any good I should wind up with at least a dozen new baby plants to set out next summer.
Great news! The Western migration of Monarch butterflies boomed this past year, up literally one hundred times from the previous very low year! The Eastern migration isn't as well documented, but indications are that it was up also, though not as much.
People are planting more milkweed, but I'm sure there's more to it than just that. Animal populations tend toward boom & busts naturally, so glad to see a boom.