Bulk Milkweed Seeds

Species

$7 - includes free shipping and 1 tablespoon = 200+ seeds, collected in 2017 from native, organic, open-pollinated gardens.
Select species:
A. incarnata: Rose Milkweed / Swamp Milkweed - easiest to grow
A. speciosa: Showy Milkweed
A. tuberosa: Butterflyweed
A. syriaca: Common Milkweed
Cynanchum laeve: Climbing Milkweed
PLANT SEEDS: Fall / Cold stratify 1 month
BLOOM TIME: Summer
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 8
PLANT HEIGHT: 24 - 60"
PLANT SPACING: 18 - 24"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Dry - Average - Wet
OTHER: In addition to being beautiful, Milkweed is a very important plant because it is a host for the beloved MONARCH butterfly. Monarch larva feed exclusively on Milkweeds. That means if there is no Milkweed, there would be no Monarchs :( It is also an important nectar plant for bees & other insects. The common name Milkweed was given to this plant because of its milky juice. The scientific name comes from Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, because of the many folk-medicinal uses for the milkweed plants. The dried seed pods are also very interesting for dried arrangements. Swamp Milkweed will enjoy wetlands or the average garden setting.

 

Midwest Native Wildflower Mix

$7 includes free shipping and 200+ seeds for Midwest Native Plants - collected in 2016 from open pollinated, non-GMO, native, organic gardens. Good for butterflies and other pollinators and for habitat restoration. Some annuals for first season flowers, mostly perennials for long lasting beauty. Best for sun to partial shade. Some are very drought tolerant once established, others do well in wet sites. 

Includes: Purple Coneflower, Wild Bergamot, Black-eyed Susan, Yellow Coneflower, Foxglove Beardtongue, New England Aster Aster, Prairie Dropseed, Joe Pye Weed, Marsh Milkweed, Common Milkweed, Liatris, Blue False Indigo, Blue Shining Star, Texas Greeneyes, Prairie Coreopsis, Cup Plant, Ironweed, Gaillardia, Gray Goldenrod, Early Sunflower.

ESTABLISHING A NATIVE WILDFLOWER GARDEN - Establishing a successful native planting from seed involves a labor of love and patience.  Most who have been through it will praise the process, the thrill of discovery and the absolute joy in transforming a space with little biological activity into a healthy eco-system.  You will delight in your efforts season after season as the wildlife and color reminiscent of the North American prairie become a part of your home landscape.

YEAR 1:  SITE PREPARATION AND SEEDING YEAR - Many areas will need 1 growing season (spring-fall) for site preparation, an exception may be an area with lawn grass, recent agricultural or garden plot, or new construction area.  Remove existing grass/weeds and the weed seed bank that may be in the soil during the growing season (April-September) by smothering, repeated shallow tiling, using herbicides or other methods you determine to be best.  Sowing the seed: We are an advocate for fall or frost plantings (mid-Oct to mid-March).  Spring plantings (April-June) are an acceptable second choice.  You should not plant in the summer.  

YEAR 2: FIRST GROWING SEASON - Most sites need maintenance mowings to keep weeds from going to seed and to allow light to penetrate the ground encouraging growth of the majority of the slow-growing natives.  You may get some blooms this year, most likely annuals like Black-eyed Susan or Partridge Pea, but you must sacrifice these native flowers if you want the other species to establish. Keep the area cut to 4-6" this year.  Don't pull the weeds!  This will disturb the root systems of the nearby natives trying to establish.

YEAR 3: SECOND GROWING SEASON - This may or may not be the year you start enjoying the fruits of your labor.  You may need to mow once yet this year.  Be patient, although some species may reach flowering stages in year 3, some could take 4 years or more.

Keep in mind the saying: the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap!

 

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