Sunday, April 12, 2015

Asclepias viridis or Spider Milkweed Journal


Asclepias Viridis or Spider Milkweed shares with other Asclepias species its milky, irritating sap and strong attractiveness to Monarch butterflies and a host of other insects. Very tolerant of dry conditions, it is also called Green Antelopehorn. Spider Milkweed features rose-white flowers surrounded by green that form in showy umbellated clusters, often one per plant.  Its beauty and tendency to spread slightly make it a good garden choice.  (*From www.prairiemoon.com)
 
The first part of our journal was detailed in our Marvelous Milkweeds to Help Save our Monarchs post from March 4, 2015.  Several different types of milkweeds specific to our zone were started.
 
This post will now chronicle just the Spider Milkweed.
 
April 12, 2015
By WV Sprout.  In advance of our April 27 Hort Committee workshop I am going ahead and potting up several of our seeds.  A soilless mix will be used.  The plants will be put in larger containers as milkweeds have long taproots and do not like transplanting.  This process will allos us put about 5-6 seeds in each pot and not have to transplant until ready to go in the ground. 
Asclepias viridis seeds are removed from
the coffee filters and baggies,  They have been
in the refrigerator for over 30 days for the
necessary stratification period.
 
Supplies - a large pail of moistened soiless
mix and smaller pots that will each hold 5-6
asclepias seeds.
 
In their new home in my yard.  More will come soon.

June 9, 2015 
Also updating the spider milkweed here on the same date as the others.  Many more pots were added to their holding area.  This location is in a much sunner location.  Again slightly protected as behind the split rail fence are the neighbor's hemlocks and an oak - but the sun hits them in the afternoon face on from the west.  They are surviving well and I am only watering occassionally; getting them used to our climate.  They will stay in these pots probably for the rest of the summer, but we will update the photographs again in late July.
 
Smaller plants but still from the April 12 potting. 
The bare pots are ones that were just potted up within
the last two weeks.

 

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