Milkweed Seeds

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  1. KiwiPete

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    I volunteer at a community butterfly garden. I would like some Milkweed seeds for
    Monarch caterpillar food. We currently use swan plants. Milkweeds are not native to New Zealand
    hence the need to ask for your help. KP.
     
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    H2O Administrator Staff Member

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    What species are you looking for? I can ask a couple friends to round up some seeds for you.
     
  3. Lloyd Gordon

    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    I have some Asclepias syriaca but I wouldn't send them to New Zealand, they are super invasive! Be very careful and find a non-weedy species, preferably one that won't survive your winters and be very careful in cutting off seed pods. Consult your agriculture ministry.
     
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    Hi H20, any species that would grow in US zone 9b would be great. KP.
     
  5. KiwiPete

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    Hi Loyd, Good point. I hand a look on our agriculture ministry web site. Ony A. tuberosa is banned, not sure why may be it's invasive too. KP.
     
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    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    That's weird. A. tuberosa is actually a very weak grower in my garden. So much so that my wife took it out or it died off. If you're in 9b, I think any milkweed would be invasive, even the tropical ones. If your agriculture ministry is ok with syriaca, I have lots of seeds. If you grow them in big pots (don't let the drainage holes contact the ground!) and cut the flower buds off, they won't spread. They are a preferred food for monarchs.
    Monarchs need a lot of space so they won't get a fungal disease.
     
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    FlyTrapKing Carnivorous Plant Addict

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    I have lots pf common milkweed seeds. The monarchs love them!
     
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    We have Asclepias incarnata available on CPSC seed bank now. :)
     
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    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    This is my favourite milkweed. The pollinators love it and the leaves are preferred by the monarchs. Not too invasive although I would still grow it in a pot and take care with seed pods in New Zealand.
     
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    WillyCKH CPSC and PotM Moderator Staff Member

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    It's kindly donated by @Tom. :)
     
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