A. syriaca – Common Milkweed

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  • #53740

    Anonymous
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    I just received my A.syriaca seeds from Richters. So happy.

    #53584

    Azeem.smith
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    Very nice artilce

    #53583

    milkweed
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    Seeds tend to get through customs as long as they’re commercially packaged. I’ve only lost one packet to customs over the years and made many purchases. I’ve got my own small stash of A.syriaca seeds from richters for future planting.

    #53580

    Dane Keriboi Hawker
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    Milkweed do you have any speciosa seeds or other seeds we cant normally get? How do you go at getting the stuff through customs?

    #53578

    Anonymous
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    Thanks milkweed

    #53572

    milkweed
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    Two other sites i’ve used in the pastto buy milkweed seeds with good results: http://www.georgiavines.com/
    https://www.everwilde.com/

    #53571

    milkweed
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    Richters is the way to go! Stratification (chilling the seeds in a moist environment for 6 weeks min) is very important for A. syriaca. Good luck.

    #53570

    milkweed
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    I’m still growing it! I got seed pods off it a couple of summers ago but most of the seeds wouldn’t germinate.
    This plant is the King of swan plants because it comes back year after year and tolerates poor soil (but not wet soil in the winter when the roots are resting or it will rot). The flowers smell incredibly delicious. Showy milkweed A. speciosa is probably the best to be truthful because the flowers also look incredibly amazing with their star shapes.

    #53569

    Dane Keriboi Hawker
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    Good luck. Let us know how you get on

    #53565

    Anonymous
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    I’ve placed an order through richters, just hope it makes it through security.

    #53562

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    To my knowledge no-one has it growing in NZ, more’s the pity.

    #53557

    Anonymous
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    Does anyone have seeds for this plant.

    #18641

    Jacqui
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    Hi all

    Have just had an email from milkweed who is overseas at present and is having trouble logging in, but he says:

    “I’m
    the one who has A. syriaca growing. I have had two lots of flowers (multiple flower heads) these past two summers but no seed yet because they must be cross pollinated for that to happen. I have two separate plants established but the cats took care of one of them just as it was about to flower at the same time as the first plant. Maybe this summer will be different.
    Anyway, i got my seed from http://www.richters.com and http://www.butterflyencounters.com both of which supply good seed. Once 4-6 weeks of chilling has been applied to the seeds they seem to germinate quite easily at 20 degrees celcious.
    I also have several other sub species growing in large pots and in the ground.”

    Jacqui

    #18635

    milkweed
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    That’ll be me. Ive had quite big A. syriaca the past two summers but they didn’t form seed pods due to the cats oliterating one plant which stopped the cross polinating process which is so important for this milkweed. Try http://www.richters.com or http://www.butterflyencounters.com if you want mail order seed of the Asclepias syriaca.

    #18633

    Anonymous

    Thanks Jacqui, that would be fantastic 🙂

    #18619

    milkweed
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    That’ll be me. My A. syriaca has been quite big the past 2 summers but alas no seeds yet despite several stunningly beautiful and fragratnt flower heads. They need cross pollination or seed formation doesn’t happen and whilst my two separate plants would of flowered at the same time, one got wiped out by monarch cats just as the flower heads were coming through. This summer could be different. Once again, if you want these seeds go to http://www.richters.com or http://www.butterflyencounters.com I’m living proof that these companies seeds works and usually gets through customs ok. (Ive only had one packet intercepted in over 4 purchases).

    #18617

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Hi Clair

    Just picked up on this – someone had A. syriaca – I can’t remember who, but I will work on it!

    Jacqui

    #18589

    Anonymous

    Umm, I’m in Wellington where the climate is much colder than up north and I’m having a lot of trouble growing A. Curassavica. I wondered if the climate here was a bit cold for tropical milkweed. Perhaps A. Syriaca would grow better down here Jacqui – I must say I rather like the idea that we southerners could grow something better than you can in tropical Russell 🙂 If anyone knows how to get hold of some seed I’d love to give it a go – those large leaves would be great.

    #18588

    Terry
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    I used to like A curassavica because it grew so easily in trays in the Butterfly house and would quickly re-shoot after the Monarch Larvae had stripped the plants bare, also it could put up with high temperatures and seeded easily. and the fact that the seed lasted for years if stored somewhere cool and dry, whereas the A syriaca and A incarnata seeds only last a max of 2 years. I think they need a frost on them as they are found in areas that have cold winters and A curassavica is a tropical Milkweed.

    #18587

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    When Mary and I were in the USA we saw mostly A. syriaca growing wild (and from memory I can only remember two domestic gardens with milkweed planted deliberately – and they were both A. curassavica). It amazes me that it hasn’t become more common here, as it is available (but hard to find) here in NZ.

    I liked it for its larger leaves – but then A. curassavica has more leaves even if they’re thinner/smaller.

    #18586

    Terry
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    Hi Jacqui

    I have grown A.syriaca, (still have some) when I used to breed Monarchs and found it did not grow well in small or medium pots but will do OK in very Large tubs, However when grown in the ground in the garden it can become a problem due to it spreading via its root system. A incarnata is better for growing in pots. The best for growing in pots or trays in a butterfly house is A currasavica.

    #18585

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Another interesting post about A. syriaca:

    http://grannymillerblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/milk-weed.html

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