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Do your part to help the beautiful Monarch butterfly with this preferred food source of their caterpillars. Bright pink to red vanilla-scented flowers appear in June and July. Seeds must under go the process of stratification before sowing to ensure good germination, below are some helpful tips for stratification. Full sun. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4.
SMALL FARM GROWN by Milkweed Meadows, Hendersonville, NC
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|Fall||65-80°F||Full Sun||Lightly Tolerant|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
This tropical milkweed is hardy in zones 8-11 and grown as an annual elsewhere. Prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. Plants thrive in well-drained, medium moisture soils. Once established, will tolerate drought.
Seeds can be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds 1/8" deep and 6-8" apart. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 65-80˚F. Seeds will sprout in 21-28 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 24-36" apart. Transplant outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.