Easily grown from seed and bearing a very fragrant flower, Prairie Milkweed makes a nice addition to any sunny medium to medium-moist garden. After just a few years the taproot will extend very deep, protecting the plant in times of drought, but also making it difficult to move so choose your spot wisely (from www.prairiemoon.com)
As with the other milkweeds, our propagation technique is detailed in our first post about Marvelous Milkweeds to Save our Monarchs.
Following is our journal starting after stratification.
April 12, 2015
WV Sprout. As with the other milkweed seeds we are starting, I have removed the stratified seeds from their home in the refrigerator. They have been in the refrigerator since March 2.
Using a soilless mix and placing 5-6 seeds in a large pot, I have planted several pots today and taken outside in the hopes that I will now see some sprouts. We hope to have pots with green leaves showing by our June membership picnic. Our weather is already very warm, but the last frost date here is May 10. A dry week is predicted so I will have to watch and make sure these pots don't dry out.
|A large bucket of moistened soilless mix|
and a few smaller pots. 5-6 seeds will
to into each of the smaller pots.
|Pots will be kept in a small enclosed area |
and watched carefully.
|Photo taken June 1, 2015.|
Nice growth occurring here.
As with all of our other milkweed varieties, members are putting their gardens to bed. Plants that were put directly in the ground are being cut back to the ground and a layer of mulch added for extra protection as they are still tender plants. Plants that were left in the original pots as in the photo above are being put in a sheltered spot and mulch mounded heavily around the outside of the pots to prevent the roots from dying. We look forward to spring of 2016 to see new growth, blooms and monarchs!
|This is from a plant that Kitty|
Sprout purchased. Beautiful bloom
and I am sure hosted a caterpillar or two!
|Another of Kitty Sprouts with an|