Milkweed and winter

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  • #42524

    Chipwich
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    Can Milkweed that survived the caterpillars’ attentions survive the winter and be available next spring? Is there any special preparation that would increase the chances of Milkweed surviving the winter?

    Thanks!

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  • #42582

    Butternut
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    Hi Chipwich – I am in Dunedin and I have had Swan plants survive outside and unsheltered over winter. Haven’t tried it with milkweed yet. You could take cuttings and grow them in pots to overwinter in the garage.

    #42567

    Chipwich
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    I’m in Christchurch. Should I put the plants into pots and being them inside for the winter?

    #42543

    TgaLiz
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    My Giant swanplant is into it’s 3rd summer, but it is in a very sheltered north facing spot growing against a white wall of the garage. No frost gets to it, and I am in the sunny Bay of Plenty so growing is easy. Has anyone further south used frost cloth or similar to help plants thru the winter? You will also need to stake it securely so it doesn’t snap in winter gales. Good luck.

    #42536

    Jacqui
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    Hi Chipwich – depends where you are. In the south of the South Island, probably not unless you have a protected, warm area.

    Jacqui

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