Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to Harvest Milkweed

Neat post at Monarch Butterfly Garden on how to harvest milkweed (it's that time of the year).

How To Harvest Milkweed Seeds: All of the Facts, None of the Fluff!

1. Don’t Pick Pods Before Their Time
If you pick pods and open them to discover light brown (or white!) seeds, you won’t have viable seeds for planting. However, it’s no fun to separate seeds after the pods have burst open because of the fluffy mess! So what’s a milkweed gardener to do?

2. Use Rubber Bands or Twist Ties
These common household items can be lightly secured around milkweed pods to keep them from bursting open. Monitor the pods to see when they start splitting open and then cut off the pods to bring indoors. You can also press on the seam of each pod to see if it starts to pop.