Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias Incarnata Carmine - Rose) 50+ Seeds
Named Butterfly Weed for a reason, this attractive and fragrant perennial will draw butterflies (and bees, and birds!) to your garden like a magnet!
Impossibly attractive to pollinators, it almost doesn't matter that Carmine Butterfly Milkweed offers lovely purple/pink blooms from summer through early fall.
Understanding Milkweed Seed & Germinating
Step 1: To start - Milkweed seeds, we recommend starting indoors, but before this happens Milkweed seeds need to go through a period of cold stratification.
Cold stratification is very important for the germination and growth of Milkweed. It helps to break the seeds natural dormancy cycle by exposing the seed to winter-like temperatures that help soften or crack its hard-outer casing. Without prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, your milkweed seed is unlikely to sprout.
To do this, put your Milkweed seed in a damp paper towel or some damp sand inside a zipper bag, and place in your fridge for 3 – 6 weeks (30 days). Choose a low-traffic place inside your fridge where it won’t get damaged. We taped ours to the bottom of a refrigerator shelf.
Growing Milkweed Indoors
Step 2: Planting - Once the 30 days are complete, it’s time to plant the cold stratified Milkweed seeds. We recommend planting in 2-4” peat pots. Fill the peat pots ¾ of the way with a 'seed-starting potting soil' and gently add water. Water should be able to drain through the peat pots. Once the soil is damp, place 1-2 cold stratified seeds into each pot. To finish, place 1/4 inch of soil on top of the seed.
Step 3: Watering - Gently water the planted seed to give additional hydration. The best way to water is from the bottom up: Use a flat pan under the peat pots and add a half inch of water to the bottom of the tray.
Don’t over water, as it can cause fungus. Water every day, or every other day as needed. The best way to test the soil dampness is to touch it; if the soil seems dry then add water, but if it’s wet, wait for the soil to dry out before adding more water