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HAVE: Adopt a Milkweed newbie

Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 21, 13 at 14:23


Milkweed newbies: Have you ever thought about planting milkweed (Asclepias species) to provide habitat for monarchs in your own backyard?

Butterfly enthusiasts: Do you wish more gardeners would plant milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) in their gardens to support declining monarch populations?

Here's where we come together!

This is a variation of previous adopt-a-newbie swaps, but the focus of this swap is for milkweed seeds. This exchange will run through the end of the year, as milkweed growers have seeds become available that they want to share.

"Newbies" are considered to be gardeners who do not already have milkweed growing in their gardens.

As recently pointed out in a post by docmom, Monarch butterflies are currently in serious decline. Here in the US, where they spend their breeding season, Monarchs are directly faced with habitat destruction. Monarch butterflies exclusively use milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) as their host plants, upon which they lay eggs and their caterpillars feed on the milkweed until they pupate. The planting of milkweeds in home gardens can greatly aid in providing much needed habitat for their conservation. In addition to serving as host plants for monarchs, milkweeds also provide nectar for many other butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

Costs to the Milkweed Newbie Adoptee:
--will pay the postage to the person sending them seeds (or plants) in advance.
--"seeds only" are the easiest and cheapest postage. Sending a pack of milkweed seeds, in a bubble envelope or otherwise wrapped for protection, will cost between 2 to 5 first class stamps, depending on how many seeds, and size & weight of the mailer.

Milkweed Newbie Adoptees:
--Please make sure your email address is enabled to "show to members" on your member page. You need to do this in order to be put on the list so that you can be contacted.
--you can list any special requests for certain milkweed species, although there are no guarantees that species will be available.
--sign up by posting here, in this thread.
--include your zone & state.

Traders who want to adopt a milkweed newbie:
--Please pick someone who lives in a hardiness zone where your milkweed species will grow and survive.
--POST HERE FIRST announcing who you are adopting BEFORE you contact the newbie.
--then email the newbie, introducing yourself, providing your screen name, zone, state, and offer to adopt them.
--work out how many stamps they need to send to you to cover the cost of postage and packaging.

The host/hostess(es) will (that's me, and other helpful volunteers):
--compile and post lists of the newbies+zone+state every so often.
--check through recent posts and remove those who have been adopted from the new lists when compiling.

Newbies who get contacted for adoption:
--check back here to see if you have been adopted.
--check the Rate & Review forum regarding the person who contacted you. This is found at: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/raterev/
--proceed with the adopt, and arrange details for how much postage you need to send to pay for mailing your milkweed seeds.
--send them the postage for what they're gifting.
--After receiving the package, thank your adopter & post here too (so we know the adoption went through).
--Post good feedback / thanks for your adopter on the Rate&Review forum.

Hoping there is lots of interest in this exchange. Feel free to pass the word around to generate more interest.

Got questions? Feel free to ask them here.

Want more info on Monarchs and Milkweed? Visit Monarch Watch

This post was edited by kchd on Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 16:53


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RE: HAVE: Adopt a Milkweed newbie

I would love some milkweed seeds and have none! There is one monarch butterfly that faithfully visits my coneflower every day and my toddlers love to watch for it! We'd love to help the plight of the monarch!

Zone 7b, NC. This area is often in a drought, but I have very large planters on my deck for plants needing more water and care. Would prefer A. tuberosa and/or a pink perennial variety - but happy for any variety!

Thanks so much for getting this started!


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How to grow milkweed from seed

  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 21, 13 at 15:49

Seeds of most temperate plants, including milkweeds, need some kind of cold treatment. The best way to do this is through stratification. To stratify seeds, place them in a cold, moist medium in a dark place for several weeks or months. There are several choices for the type of medium you can stratify your seeds in, such as moist peat, course sand, course vermiculite, perlite, coconut coir, or even potting soil. Sterile medium works best to avoid growing fungus etc. that can negatively impact your seeds. Mix your seeds in with your damp (not wet) medium, seal it in a ziplock bag, write the date and plant name on the bag, and place it in the fridge. Another alternative is to place the seeds between moist paper towels in a plastic ziplock bag. This procedure works well, in part because there are fewer fungi and bacteria available to attack the seeds. After a stratification period of 30 days, the seeds can be planted in warm (70˚F), moist soil.

Two other options to achieve stratification:
1. sow your seeds directly in your flowerbeds in the fall; however, you run the risk of losing your seeds to predation, fungus/bacteria, or rotting.
2. Winter-sowing your seeds in mid winter. You can read more about this technique here: Winter Sowing

Without stratification, the percentage of seeds that germinate is usually low. Be sure to check with the person sending you seeds if their species may require a different amount of stratification time.


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RE: HAVE: Adopt a Milkweed newbie

  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 21, 13 at 15:56

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage 7b NC

Welcome, zioncottage! Congrats on being first :)
A. tuberosa, A. incarnata, or A. syriaca would all be great for you! I would be happy to adopt you, and will send you an email.


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I will have milkweed seeds in 4 to 6 weeks. Many milkweed came up volunteer in a city park where I volunteer and take care of the flowerbed.
Candy Cane Park Cozad, NE photo 20130622milkweedinbloom_zps50d06048.jpg
Asclepias syriaca


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 21, 13 at 19:48

That would be wonderful Heidi! I just love the picture of your gorgeous milkweed colony!


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I would like to be adopted!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 21, 13 at 20:42

Hi wonky,
Welcome! Can you please let us know what state you are in?
thanks!


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Hi, I would love to plant some milkweed.


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xiangirl beautiful milkweed patch..


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The easiest cold stratification method for any region that gets freezing temps in winter is planting seeds outside in fall.

Good luck newbies! Tony


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Kchd,
What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for offering to help. This will be a great way to help distribute milkweed across the country. It will soon be a status symbol to have a large milkweed patch in your yard. LOL

Martha


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Just to let you know that the last seeds I sent out (a week ago) in a bubble envelope cost me $2.07 to mail, considerably more than it was a couple of years ago. This is more than 4 first class stamps. I should have seeds available in the fall for A curassavica, A incarnata, and possibly A viridis.

Sandy

This post was edited by butterflymomok on Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 0:02


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I have access to large amounts of A. syriaca, incarnata and tuberosa. I would be glad to adopt a Newbie. I live in Madison, Dane County, Wi.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 16:41

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, state??
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, CA


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 16:50

Thank you, xiangirl, for your lovely photo illustrating how beautiful a milkweed flowerbed can be!

Thank you, coolbutterfly/Tony, for your advice on an easy method for stratifying milkweed seeds!

Thank you, docmom/Martha, for your words of encouragement! This exchange was inspired by you :)

Thank you, butterflymomok/Sandy, for giving us updates on postal costs! I think the cost of postage will vary from person to person depending on how many seeds are sent, size and weight of the mailer. I will leave it up to the discretion of the adopter, as I don't think "one size fits all."

Thank you, Leafhead/John, for your participation :)

And a BIG Thank you to all of you who have offered to adopt a milkweed newbie!


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I live in alabama


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i would love to be adopted! i live in upstate new york and the zone hardiness is anywhere between a 3 and 5, so it might be safer to stick with zone 5. i collect hoyas which are a very close cousin to milk weed and i thought it would be cool to expand my collection to include milkweed and i really wish to help the butterflies. i have a son who will be 5 in november and a daughter who will be 3 in February and i think they would love to be able to see more butterflies!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 20:20

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY

Thanks for the update, wonky.
Welcome, amber_m.

Any milkweed growers who would like to "adopt" a newbie, please pick a newbie out from the list, and post to the thread something like "I'd like to adopt so-and-so." That will allow me to keep the list updated as to who's adopting who.


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I'll be glad to adopt Wonky in AL. I am also in zone 7, so the milkweeds that grow here will grow for you. Email me with your email address, and I'll send you my information.

Sandy


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Count me in please...
Thank you!!


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I'll adopt amberm. We're in about the same hardiness zone. I'm 4/5. Will be fun to share seeds!

Also, many milkweed seeds are flat and won't require a full bubble envelope, just a little padding. Like you said, kchd, it depends on who is sending and how much they're sending so I'll be quiet now.

Our elementary school planted a butterfly garden in 1996 and has the orange flowering milkweed plants and purple blooming spearmint of some kind. When they bloom it's a gorgeous site and the butterflies flock there every year for about 4 days and then they move on.

Heidi


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 23, 13 at 22:14

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL

Thank you, Sandy and Heidi, for adopting some milkweed newbies!
Welcome, sambac!
We're off to a great start :)


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I'll adopt someone. My milkweed is in full bloom right now but I haven't noticed any seeds yet.


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I would be happy to send an envelope and postage if someone would send me milkweed seeds.
I love butterflies and have been reading about the lose of habitat. I live in the Panhandle of Texas, zone 7 I think, and we have a summer place in the mountains of New Mexico so I can grow them in both places.
I don't know much about growing Milkweed, but will gladly learn! Thanks!


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I would like to adopt Sher305 please, because we have the same growing zone.


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  • Posted by mori1 5/6 KS (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 13:13

I have whorled (white) milkweed seeds would have purple too but I moved it about a month ago so no flowers.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 17:39

Great idea! I love monarchs!

Id be happy to adopt someone.

I am still new into gardening myself but I have a big successful 6 months under my belt lol.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 19:14

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL
6. sher305, zone 7, TX

Welcome, sher305!
Thank you, thank you, thank you: tamela_star, mori1, and cghpnd for offering to adopt some milkweed newbies.

I would like to make 2 requests to our participants -
1. Please make sure you already have seeds before you adopt a newbie. I have had milkweed blooms before, but later got zero seeds because they did not get pollinated.
2. If you offer to adopt, please go ahead and contact your newbie and let us know if/when you got in touch with them.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 25, 13 at 19:16

I heard back from zioncottage. She is sending me stamps in the mail. Once I get them, I will send seeds back to her.

Cinnie0, I would like to adopt you. I will send you an email so we can arrange mailing stamps & seeds.

Katie


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Oddly, I'd like to be both and adopter/adoptee.

My parents sporadically have "volunteer" milkweed and in about a month I'll probably have some milkweed seeds for the generic purplish milkweed.

I would love to mix it up by getting some more interesting, colorful milkweed.

I've had luck stratifying seeds by throwing them in the fridge.


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Yay.. Im adopted.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 7:28

My swamp milkweed seed pods just opened up. They split open on their own. I am excited! (Dont judge lol)

This particular plant is atleast 5 feet tall and in a container so im happy!

So if there are anyone I could adopt I am ready!


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  • Posted by BayL none (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 27, 13 at 12:17

I would like to be adopted! I live in MN, zone 3-4. Would prefer Asclepias syriaca or A. tuberosa. Thanks for the chance to help out our pollinators :)


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BayL,
I'll adopt you! I will have lots of Asclepias syriaca in a few weeks. We're in the same zone, or close. I'm in Nebraska. If you email me your address I'll get you on my trade list so I can send you seeds.
Heidi in Nebraska


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 27, 13 at 19:15

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL
6. sher305, zone 7, TX
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN

Welcome, edlincoln and BayL!

tamela_star and xiangirl, would you like to wait until you have seed pods on your plants before officially adopting a newbie? I only ask because sometimes, milkweed does not always get pollinated.

cghpnd, your A. incarnata should be hardy in zones 3-9. You aren't the only one who gets excited about milkweed pods, hahaha! Would you like to pick out a newbie to adopt from the list?

I heard back from cinnie0, so that adoption is a go!

butterflymomok, did you hear back from wonky?


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 27, 13 at 21:05

zioncottage, I got your stamps today. Your seeds will be dropped in the mail on Monday!

Katie


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I can adopt a newbie! I have Asclepias curassavica pods on my plants and a few other milkweeds that are blooming (Asclepias fascicularis and Gomphocarpus physocarpus) but haven't put off seeds yet. I'll need a newbie in zone 8a or above.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 12:40

Has sher305 been adopted yet? If not ill adopt!! :)


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 18:48

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl

domehome, would you like to adopt sambac? They are in zone 10 in FL. Please let us know if/when you get in touch with your newbie.

xiangirl has seed pods on her milkweed plants. Yay! She will adopt BayL, too.

cghpnd, I have not heard back from tamela_star that she has seed pods yet. So, why don't you go ahead and adopt sher305 since you already have seeds. Please let us know if/when you get in touch with your newbie.

tamela_star, can you please come back and let us know when you have seeds or seed pods, and adopt a different newbie that matches your zone. I'm sure this adoption thread will go on for the rest of the year.

Leafhead and mori1, please keep a lookout for a newbie who signs up that you would like to adopt.

Newbies, please don't forget to come back and tell us when you receive your seeds, and to thank your adopter :)


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 22:09

Yippy! I've already sent an email to sher.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 22:10

Yippy! I've already sent an email to sher.


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Will this be open again next year because im getting some milkweed at a local nursery and they will probably have seeds next year.


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I've already emailed Sambac and I'm waiting for a reply.


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Thank you domehome,( btw, I did not receive any email yet) I guess we can trade some back and forth as well, I am leaving town tomorrow and will be back by the 13 th and I ll get in touch with you after that. TY


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Sambac - You can reach me at the email on my member page when you return from your trip. The seeds should be ripe, or close to it by then.
kchd - we're all set.


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I'm a newbie! Please adopt me! I have been growing lantana, and just got a butterfly bush...working on a butterfly garden. I would LOVE any seeds! Just let me know where to send stamps! I moved here 3 years ago, and have heard stories about the fields full of monarch butterflies that used to be. I have seen a couple of monarchs since moving here, and tried going to several places to see the huge numbers that the ole timers tell me about, but have seen only the couple stragglers...i would LOVE to help bring their numbers back up!
my email is missimkr2009@hotmail.com

Thank You!


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This is an awesome thread! Ive been looking for milkweed seeds for a while now, so Im hoping someone has some to spare =)
Im upstate NY zone 4


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 29, 13 at 21:06

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY


Floridaflowers12, I most certainly hope we can have this exchange become an annual event in efforts to encourage the planting of more and more milkweeds!

domehome & sambac, fantastic!!

missiblueridge & Dani0025, welcome! I've put you on the adoption list.

I received stamps from cinnie0 today, so I will be putting her seeds in the mail asap!


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Thank you! I am looking forward to planting some milkweed next season! I already have a spot picked out =)


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Duplicate post sorry!

This post was edited by Dani0025 on Mon, Jul 29, 13 at 22:35


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Duplicate post sorry! X 2

This post was edited by Dani0025 on Mon, Jul 29, 13 at 22:36


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I think I will have more swamp milkweed seeds than I could ever use where I live. Which I am grateful for!
If missiblueridge hasn't been adopted, I can adopt her as well!@


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Milkweed has gone from blooms to pods. It's fun to watch. I wanted to share.
milkweed plants double photo 073013doublemilkweedpods_zps5b375de8.jpg


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Wow, what weird seed pods. I have mostly mexican milkweed which is substantially smaller. I do have Gomphocarpus physocarpus which should be podding soon. I'll take pictures, it's a huge plant. The one I'm excited about though is just podding it's tweedia caeruleum, blue milkweed. I'm hoping for enough seeds to share. The plants only got to about 10" tall first year, but they did get pollinated.


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I would love to be adopted.Hope to hear back soon. I am a newbie .


Margie


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 30, 13 at 21:47

Great picture!
Oh how cool of a seed pod is that! What kind is that xiangirl?


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 31, 13 at 21:55

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state????


Thanks, cghpnd, for adopting another newbie!

craftie2, welcome! I've put you on the adoption list. Please let us know what state you are in.

Those are some beautiful common milkweed pods, xiangirl!

Cinnie0, your seeds went out in the mail yesterday!


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I would love to plant milkweed! I am in East Tennessee , zone 7.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / N.Virginia (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 1, 13 at 15:04

No problem, I am more than happy to help! Ill take another one too lol

I posted some milkweed seeds on freecycle and whew! I was busy today giving out seeds. And everyone was within 7 miles of me. They all wanted to make a butterfly garden but can not afford milkweed plants. So I am glad I can help!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 1, 13 at 23:04

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state????
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN


Go, cghpnd, GO! Thanks for adopting another newbie! Would you like to pick someone from the list?

Welcome, sallygardens! I've added you to the list of milkweed newbies up for adoption.

I would like to adopt edlincoln. Are you still with us, ed?


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My milkweed pods are starting to open so I'm collecting seed.
I will have enough to adopt someone else, how about craftie2, her member page says she is in Florida. If that's ok I'll try to contact her.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 2, 13 at 0:02

Sounds wonderful, domehome! I will update the list tomorrow :)

Katie


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I would love to join this exchange. I am trying to cultivate butterfly-friendly areas in my yard and I have a year-round stream with wet, sandy banks where butterflies can drink. Located in Upstate SC right where 7b meets 8a. I have enough space and diversity of conditions in my yard to try multiple varieties. Thank you!


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Thank You cghpnd! I cannot wait! I have a tons of different swallowtails fluttering by, and am so excited to eventually have monarchs! I have always been a lover of butterflies, and am glad to be a part of helping to raise the population of the monarch! Just let me know when they are ready and what you need from me!

Thanks again!


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 2, 13 at 14:05

Sent ya an email missiblueridge.


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I have made contact with craftie2 and will be sending to her also.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 3, 13 at 18:26

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC


Welcome, jkelley393! You're on the list.

Great news, domehome. Thanks for adopting another newbie :)

I saw my first monarch of the year yesterday, flying around a pasture containing Asclepias viridis. Finally!!

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Thanks kchd! Got my milkweed seeds in the mail recently and am soooo excited!


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Is it too late to join in as an adoptee? I'm in FL, zone 9


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / N.Virginia (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 15:33

I can adopt sallygardens. and edlincoln if not adopted already.


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Thank you kchd, got my seeds on saturday. Cant wait to start growing these.


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Please count me in! I am in NC zone 7a. Thanks!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 22:11

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC
14. SunshineGal, zone 9, FL
15. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC

Welcome, SunshineGal and lisianthuslover! You're both now on the list.

cghpnd, you are an adopt-a-holic! I love it!! I was trying to adopt edlincoln, but haven't heard back yet. Would you be interested in adopting sallygardens and lisianthuslover? They both share the same zone as you.

zioncottage and cinnie0, so glad to hear you have received your seeds! I will go post some good reviews for you both on the Rate & Review forum ;)


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 22:36

Lol no not I. Hah.
Im just trying to help out the monarchs. I am addicted to them lol.

I will most def adopt sallygardens and lisianthuslover.the seeds aren't doing any good sitting in my fridge. I have accidentally dropped a few pods worth on these trails. They were in my pocket. It had a hole! ;)


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I'll adopt edlincoln. I have a few different species I can send.
Great idea.
Alana


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 6, 13 at 11:27

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC
14. SunshineGal, zone 9, FL
15. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd

Hi Alana, glad to have you join us!
I sent an email to edlincoln previously, in efforts to adopt him but haven't heard anything back. I had seen elsewhere that he was looking for seeds of a couple native grasses that I have. He may be out of pocket at the moment., or maybe my emails aren't going through. If you get in contact with him, let us know, and I'll put you down as the adopter for him.

cghpnd, sounds like you are going to be spreading milkweeds far and wide ;)

edlincoln, you've got 3 women fighting to adopt you, LOL!!!


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  • Posted by BayL none (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 6, 13 at 11:40

xiangirl-
Just let me know what you need from me! I'm so excited!


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BayL,
My milkweed seeds are still green. When they're ready I'll ask for your address and send you some. I would say 4 weeks or so. If I forget feel free to bother me. I change jobs on Monday so change is coming and that's when I forget things I shouldn't. Plants will forever be an addiction, however! Can't wait to share seeds! Love doing that.
Heidi xiangirl

So your username...I love creative usernames. BayL...
You are married to Noah and you bail out your ark on occasion?
Your kids call you for bail to roust them out of jail?
You're not big on commitment...bailing out.
You live by Bay of Lavaderiano near the swamps of Zelander over yonder and that was too long for GW. (I made those names up. If Google can find them it's by accident.)
You're a master chef and master gardener known for your bay leaf chicken breasts of Tuscany.
I'm out of ideas!


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sambac, craftie2 and cinneO,
Still waiting on the blue butterfly weed pod to open, I think it will do well in Florida so I want to share some. My asclepias curassavica is seeding and I might even get some of the all yellow variety in, it has pods, they just haven't opened either. I really have a lot of plants this year but I like the curassavica best. It is a smaller more compact plant than most of the milkweeds and fits well into any part of the garden. I get monarch catapillers every year.


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And I chose edlincoln because he was high on the list of unadopted, lol. I thought no one wanted him and it turns out he is in demand. I will wait and see if he contacts me and if not, I will choose someone else.


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Xiangirl-Heidi
I time traveled back to ancient Greece & won the Pythian Games, then I went to the moon and read tomes of Chinese folklore.
I'm currently just resting on my laurels.
Love to hear about your username!

I have edited this post & removed the link to my website, to be in accordance with forum guidelines.

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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 7, 13 at 21:17

Hahaha, BayL and Heidi, you two are too, too funny! And VERY creative.

I did hear from Ed today, and will go ahead and adopt him. He is on vacation. Lucky, lucky!


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Glad that is cleared up.
Is anyone waiting to hear from jkelley393? If not, I will send to that member.
Alana


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Alana, if anyone has tried to contact me, I haven't gotten a message.


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My adoptee will be jkelley393.
Thanks.


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 10:10

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd

I got an email from SunshineGal, and she recently received some milkweed seeds in another trade, so she is good. Thanks for letting me know, SunshineGal!

Sounds good, Alana. I put you down for adopting jkelley393.


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I'll adopt Dani0025, zone 4, NY. We're in the same zone if that's agreeable.
Heidi


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How long is this thread going to go on.. How late can people adopt?

We have milkweed on the back 40, but they won't be ready to pick for a few weeks yet. So I don't want to adopt till I actually have seed in hand, but I don't want to miss out on adoption.


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Im so excited! =)


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 19:12

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd

Go, Heidi, Go! Dani, you're now adopted ;)

BeesNeeds, I plan to run this thread through the end of the year. Many people will not have milkweed seeds until the fall, so this will provide them with opportunities to share seed, as well as get milkweed seed out to newbies in time for winter sowing. If this thread fills up, I will just start a new one.


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I would love to be adopted.
I have no milkweed but do have plenty of space they can do there thing.
I have only saw a few butterflies this year and it makes me feel so bad that I don't have a lot of flowering plants at the moment.
I have always wanted to grow milkweed AND I have already been collecting containers to do a massive over winter sowing project SOOOO this works out very well.

I don't really care I suppose which kind I get, although pink would be cool and so would white since I am planning a moon garden.

Of course I am in NC and 7b, I am in a pocket here so it seems to be a little warmer for us than others in my area.

Thanks for doing this adoption post!!!

:) Aqua


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I Love Monarch butterflies and would love to grow milkweed to help them....I've been thinking about this very thing for about a year now! I am in East Central Minnesota and would very much like to be adopted by someone. Thank you for this Fantastic idea!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 10, 13 at 15:20

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC
16. floweron, zone 3, MN

Welcome, aquadragonfly and floweron! You are both on the list :)


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My seeds arrived today. Thank you!


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I wish this forum would have been around last year! :)

I have transplanted young milkweeds from a field near Moores Hill, IN where dad has a farm. He mows the field a couple times a year and instead of letting these get cut down, I moved them to my backyard butterfly garden/native flower garden. Of the five I moved, all have survived so far. I also saved a couple of seed pods from one of the plants last fall and planted them this spring (only one plant came up because I didn't know they required stratification...oops!). I think they are the a. syriaca variety but it is possible they are a. incarnata (the plants are very near to a pond and I haven't seen the flowers yet to positively identify them).

Also, I get to travel frequently for my job and of course I collect a seed pod or two if I see any milkweed alongside the road. Recently, I was in Enid, OK and came across a variety that is either a. speciosa or a. syriaca. Both are native to my state though and I'll know next year which variety the seeds are when I see the flowers. However, I think they are the a. speciosa variety because the pods look hairier and have more "tentacles" coming out of them than what a. syriaca seem to have. I have to travel down to the same area next week and will try to pay more attention to the blooms but if anyone wants some, let me know and I'll pick another pod or two and let it dry out.


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I only have asclepias curassavica seeds but I will be happy to share them with aquadragonfly since she is in a zone similar to mine.


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Hey, with all the flowers I have, and don't know about milkweed.
How, could this be? Please adopt me. I will send what needs to
be, to join. (I wonder if I have some of these plants in my garden.)
I live in TX zone #8.
Please let me know,
djune


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I can adopt djune. I have Asclepias Curassavica, Apollo Yellow Milkweed.

-Nel

Here is a link that might be useful: Nel's Rate & Review


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I would like to be adopted!

I'm in Zone 6. Interested in Asclepias syriaca or something that can handle my zone and colder.


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I've not adopted anyone yet, but only because I haven't collected any seed yet. I keep checking for ripe pods, but they are all still very green. No one needs to worry that there won't be enough milkweed seeds for them. It warms my heart to see all the enthusiasm from both adoptees and adopters. Thank-you to everyone for their hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Together we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.

Martha


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I have been adoped by nel.nucifera. I mailed the stamps today.
Thanks so much,
djune


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 14, 13 at 13:46

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by sweetbetsy
16. floweron, zone 3, MN
17. djune, zone 8, TX -- ADOPTED by nel.nuciferator
18. ladyrose, zone 6b, NJ

Great to hear you received your seeds, Sally! Thanks for letting us know.

Thanks for joining us, NKUSigEp! You can tell the difference between A. syriaca and A. incarnata by leaf characteristics; you don't have to wait until they bloom.
See this link: A. syriaca vs A. incarnata Milkweed

Sweetbetsy, thank you for adopting aquadragonfly!

Welcome, djune! You are on the list. And, Thank you, nel.nuciferafor joining us, posting a beautiful photo, and adopting djune!

Welcome, ladyrose! You're now on the list, too.

Thanks for stopping by to chat, docmom! No worries about rushing your seed pods. I know there are many folks up north who have not gotten seeds from their milkweeds yet. It's just a matter of time. That's why we're running this thing through the end of the year.


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Hi ladyrose & Kchd,
I'll be glad to adopt ladyrose. It's stilll early for my seed yet but there will be lots in a couple of months as you can see in the photo. Keep in touch.
Mark (wildflowerman_2000)


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I was by my milkweed garden today and took a couple more photos of some developping seed pods on A. tuberosa and A.incarnata. There are 50+ on each species so far and still tons of flowers as well as A. verticillata.


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Here's the A. tuberosa photo.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / Virginia (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 20:48

Awe so pretty.
My tuberosa died long before it was 10 inches.

The swamp and tropical mw has been the best for me!


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hello! sorry I haven't checked in here in a while. I have not heard from butterflymomok since the last time she posted in the forum to email her. I have emailed her twice. Has anyone else heard from her?


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kchd,

I offered to adopt Aquadragonfly and send her some tropical milkweed; however, she prefers one of the milkweeds which is hardy to her zone. Please put her back on the adoption list.


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wonky,

I've attempted to contact butterflymomok via gardenweb more than once this season and I've not received a reply, either. I'm beginning to think her email redirect is no longer working. Maybe she has had a change of email address and forgot to change her email redirect here on gardenweb. From reading her public postings on gardenweb, she is very responsive to everyone so not replying to gardenweb emails seems to me to be totally out of character for her. Another possibility ... she might be on vacation.

This will get straightened out, I'm sure, and rest assured, there will be plenty of Milkweed seed to share. Some gardeners may be waiting to be certain seed pods mature before offering to adopt gardeners wishing to participate.

Thank you for caring about the Monarchs.

Mary


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I would like to be adopted :) We just moved into a house with a huge yard and I have just started planting things this year. I love butterflies and already have some flowers they are supoosed to like, but no milkweed. I would be happy to plant any type. I live in Arkansas. Thanks!

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i am a milkweed newbie but have a thriving garden, in lovely beaufort south carolina, one hr north of savannah, ga.. Any type would be great by me!!!


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i am a milkweed newbie but have a thriving garden, in lovely beaufort south carolina, one hr north of savannah, ga.. Any type would be great by me!!!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 16, 13 at 21:34

Mark, your milkweed photos are awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing! And I will add you to the list of the official adopter of ladyrose.

I hope that all of these photos that are being shared by members will encourage and inspire others to plant milkweeds in their gardens. They really are a fantastic genus of plants!

Wonky, I think Mary_littlerockar is right. Butterflymomok is very active here on GW, especially in the butterfly forum. Either the GW system is not delivering emails correctly or perhaps she is out of town. It's still early yet, and we will get you some milkweed seeds by the end of the fall, no matter what!

Sweetbetsy, thanks for letting us know. I will put aquadragonfly back on the list.

Preseley, I will add you to the list!

Peachbunnie, please make sure your member settings allow other members to email you. Otherwise, they can't get in touch to make seed arrangements.

be right back with an update...

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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 16, 13 at 21:47

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC
16. floweron, zone 3, MN
17. djune, zone 8, TX -- ADOPTED by nel.nuciferator
18. ladyrose, zone 6b, NJ -- ADOPTED by wildflowerman
19. preseley, zone 7, AR
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I have some volunteer milkweeds. I do not know which kind they are. The pods are still green and fat, but it won't be long before they dry. I saw a Monarch in the other flower garden. It sounds like the milkweed helped! Thanks for the info.
If anyone wants seeds LMK. I could adopt floweron, zone 3, MN because if they grow in Nebraska, Zone 5, they should be fine in MN.


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I hope sewwht adopts me, actually I could be considered zone 4, I'm kinda right on the line and I know milkweed grows fine here.


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Lurking newbie from Central Arkanss Zone 7 would love to be adopted :)


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I'm almost ready to send to jkelley393. I was waiting to add A. fruticosa to her assortment and should harvest some this weekend. As soon as I receive her postage I will pack up her envy and send it out.
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Milkweed seeds would be greatly appreciated. We have seen only a few monarchs here in Indiana this year. Ditto for honey bees. Anything we can do to help these creatures is our goal. John and Linda, Rome City, Indiana


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Hi Folks,
I hate the throw fire on this wonderful thread but feel we should be sticking to the native US milkweeds as offerings to folks here. There has been much research about introducing foreign Asclepias into our native populations. Number one is the fact that the Monarch prefer the US native species and they are much better for them. The alkaloids and several other complex compounds including cardenolides are of the proper amount in our native species and the introduced species can actually be toxic to our native monarchs. Second is the problem that some of the foreign species could become invasive and push out some of our natives either physically or by cross pollination and the contamination of our native gene pools.
This is just my opinion but I hope all those who are really interested in growing milkweeds to help restore our Monarch populations will take this into consideration when they chose milkweeds to grow, We have many fabulous species native to the US which will more that take care of the butterflies.
Mark (wildflowerman_2000)


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 18, 13 at 11:44

Hi sewwht, and thank you for joining us! It would be wonderful if you could adopt floweron! If you'd like, go ahead and post a photo(s) of your milkweed here, and we can help you figure out which species is it. Get pics that are close up of leaves, pods, as well as one that illustrates how they are arranged on the stem(s).

Hang in there, floweron! If sewwht doesn't adopt you, I will!

Welcome, kmaries139. Glad to have you! I will add you to the list of newbies :)

Those are some crazy looking seed pods you've got there, Alana!

Welcome, welcome, petedist / John & Linda! Putting you on the list of newbies, too!

Mark, thank you for your words of wisdom. For what it's worth, I agree with what you have written, as I am a die-hard native plant lover. We are lucky in that we have more than 110 species of milkweeds native to North America (!) However, I think this is a choice that each gardener must make for themselves. Providing others with information such as your post will allow gardeners to make a well informed choice. (unless someone is planting something invasive in their gardens, I'll not judge)

ok, be right back with an updated Newbie List!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 18, 13 at 11:49

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC
16. floweron, zone 3, MN
17. djune, zone 8, TX -- ADOPTED by nel.nuciferator
18. ladyrose, zone 6b, NJ -- ADOPTED by wildflowerman
19. preseley, zone 7, AR
20. kmaries139, zone 7, AR
21. petedist, zone 5, IN
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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 18, 13 at 18:33

I received stamps from edlincoln today. Here come your seeds, Ed! Whoohoo!!


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / N.Virginia (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 6:34

Hey! I can adopt aquadragonfly, if not already taken...
:)


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Put my bubble envie out with today's mail for djune. Included some extras.

Nel


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I would love to grow some milkweed for the monarchs, I'm in NC, zone 7a


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I would love to grow some milkweed for the monarchs, I'm in NC, zone 7a


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my apologies for the double posting, i have a computer with a mind of its own- I didnt even think it had posted at all! Anyway's sorry to fill the news feed like this so again- I apologize!

This post was edited by Dani74 on Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 23:02


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My milkweeds are looking fat, and they should be ready for picking soon I hope. But I feel confidant enough that I will have seeds that I'll adopt now.

I can adopt petedist, they are close enough to me that I'm pretty positive my milkweed will grow there.


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Thank You Wildflowerman! I am psyched! I've been adopted!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 20, 13 at 20:43

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by kchd
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- ADOPTED by kchd
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, Massachusetts -- ADOPTED by kchd
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
16. floweron, zone 3, MN
17. djune, zone 8, TX -- ADOPTED by nel.nuciferator
18. ladyrose, zone 6b, NJ -- ADOPTED by wildflowerman
19. preseley, zone 7, AR
20. kmaries139, zone 7, AR
21. petedist, zone 5, IN -- ADOPTED by BeesNeeds
22. Dani74, zone 7a, NC

Go for it, cghpnd! Aquadragonfly has not been adopted yet.

Thanks for letting us know, nel!

Welcome, Dani74; you're now on the list.

Sounds great, Beesneeds. Let us know when you 2 get in touch & the exchange is complete :)

sewwht & floweron, did you two get in touch?

wonky, have you been able to get in touch with butterflymomok?


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no, I still have not been able to get in touch.


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  • Posted by cghpnd 7 / N.Virginia (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 14:37

Ok,I sent an email to aquadraonfly


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Just now jumping on this thread - Butterflymomok will be in touch with you Wonky - she's been extra busy and I know she's also had a BUNCH of problems with Gardenweb this year.

I will have seeds available later in the fall - should have A. physocarpa, A. currassavica (two colors), A. tuberosa and A. incarnata. I've collected some A. syriaca seeds from fields so may have some of that too.

Laura


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I'd like to be adopted. Can send a bubble envelope to be stuffed to the seams with any variety that will grow in north Louisiana. Just tell me how much in postage ;)


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Edited due to a double post.

This post was edited by LullabyF360 on Sat, Aug 24, 13 at 20:30


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petedist and I have gotten a hold of each other via email.

I think I was overly hopeful about harvest time. When I first posted I figured a week or two. Looks more like mid September I think, maybe later. This is the first time I've paid mind for seed collecting.
But all of the pods look wonderfully fat, and there's a lot.
Thanks to kchd's help, I know know it's common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca.

I'm so optimistic about this, I'll adopt floweron too, if common milkweed is OK. No matter if anyone adopts floweron or not, email me floweron and I will send you out seed.

Here's one part of the patch in pod now..


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i'm so glad i found this post!! went to the tennessee chapter of wild ones meeting today, which was a lecture on monarchs. i have property that i am prepared to dedicate to a 'waystation'. i live in nw georgia and am looking for anything native to my area!!
super excited!!!


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 22:46

Milkweed Newbies up for Adoption

1. zioncottage, zone 7b, NC -- adopted by kchd - COMPLETE
2. wonky, zone 7, AL -- ADOPTED by butterflymomok
3. cinnie0, zone 9b, so. CA -- adopted by kchd - COMPLETE
4. amber_m, zone 5, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
5. sambac, zone 10, FL -- ADOPTED by domehome
6. sher305, zone 7, TX -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
7. edlincoln, zone 6a, MA -- adopted by kchd - COMPLETE
8. BayL, zone 3/4, MN -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
9. missiblueridge, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
10. Dani0025, zone 4, NY -- ADOPTED by xiangirl
11. craftie2, zone 8a, state???? -- ADOPTED by domehome
12. sallygardens, zone 7, east TN -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
13. jkelley393, zone 8a, SC -- ADOPTED by poisondartfrog
14. lisianthuslover, zone 7a, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
15. aquadragonfly, zone 7b, NC -- ADOPTED by cghpnd
16. floweron, zone 3, MN --
17. djune, zone 8, TX -- ADOPTED by nel.nuciferator
18. ladyrose, zone 6b, NJ -- ADOPTED by wildflowerman
19. preseley, zone 7, AR
20. kmaries139, zone 7, AR
21. petedist, zone 5, IN -- ADOPTED by BeesNeeds
22. Dani74, zone 7a, NC
23. LullabyF360, zone 8a, n LA
24. lenahall, zone 7b, nw GA


Welcome, Laura! So glad you are joining us. And thanks so much for letting us know about butterflymomok. I figured there was some logical explanation. Wonky, stay tuned!

LullabyF360 and lenahall, Welcome! You're both on the list to be adopted.

Those milkweeds are looking good, BeesNeeds! Oh, the anticipation of waiting for those pods to ripen!

floweron, can you let me know who has gotten in touch with you to adopt you? (or your adopter can let me know, too)

If you all would like to let me know when seeds have been received, that would be great. Then I can mark adoptions as complete. That way we don't leave any newbies hanging, nor do we have seeds waiting around for an adoption that did not go thru because postage was not sent.

Whoohoo! We're rockin' and rollin' again!


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Just looked back and noticed I posted three different times?? my computer was giving me a fit and I didn't know it was posting at all so I am wanting to apologize to everyone for seeming over-zealous or like a pain- didn't even realize it had posted my post three times! My apologies for this on the feed. :)


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seems as though my posts show up more than once often lol! UGGGG!

This post was edited by Dani74 on Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 23:08


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  • Posted by kchd 7b Mississippi (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 22:56

No worries, Dani! Just think of it as a GW hiccup. It happens to all of us. Youc an always go back and edit posts if you want. Some people like to go back, edit posts & replace the duplicate text with a photo. That's always fun!


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Update. Sambac has cancelled the trade, she already has the milkweed I was going to send her. Craftie2 has sent me postage and we are waiting for some other pods to open then I will send to her.


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I'm so glad I have been added!! Sorry if it takes me a while to respond. My email has not been liking anything from GW recently. Gaaah!!!


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This is going to be an odd question, but I told my sister in law about this. She said she would like to get in on it, too. HOWEVER, she does not have access to the internet & unable to have an account here. I told her I could just request to have a little extra seed thrown in for her. Does this seem alright with y'all?


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Stupid double posting lol

This post was edited by LullabyF360 on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 15:42


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SORRY FOR ALL OF THE POSTS

I figured out why I'm not received posts from this thread. It keeps unchecking me from the option to receive replies to my email :P


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RRRRRAAAAAAAAAA!!

I give up on all of the unnesscary double, triple, whatever posts.

This post was edited by LullabyF360 on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 15:48


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Please join us in the continuation of this thread in "Adopt a Milkweed Newbie - Part 2" on the Seed Exchange.

[please put this in the Link]:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/exseed/msg081819475217.html?1

This post was edited by LullabyF360 on Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 18:36


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