Pink Swamp Milkweed Seeds (Asclepias incarnata)

Packet of 100 Seeds


Description

Single Packet of 100 Seeds

Grow Pink Swamp Milkweed from fresh Asclepias incarnata flower seeds. Pink Swamp Milkweed will produce clusters of beautiful pink flowers. The plants themselves grow to a mature height of about 36 to 60 inches tall. Swamp Milkweed is known for attracting an array of beneficial insects such as bumblebees, lady bugs, hummingbirds and most importantly the endangered Monarch butterfly. Asclepias incarnata is grown as a perennial flowering plant that returns each year from it’s deeply established root system.

Swamp Milkweed is very important to the Monarch butterfly as it is categorized as a host plant. The caterpillars will enjoy it’s large, tender leaves and adult Monarchs, as well as many other butterflies look to it for it’s rich source of nectar. Swamp Milkweed can be grown with other varieties such as the Common Milkweed, Showy Milkweed & Butterfly Milkweed.

Monarch butterflies occupied much of North America in the many years prior to 2015. Recently, studies have shown that their numbers have dwindled by nearly 96% over the decades, leaving them hanging on the edge of endangerment. This migratory species is exposed to numerous threats along it’s pilgrimage, but the number one threat it faces is the decrease in Milkweed plants available.

Purchase Asclepias / Swamp Milkweed seeds now to help prevent any further decline in the Monarch population. Together we can all help to increase the number of these lovely orange & black creatures that so many of us adore.

Sowing The Seed

Asclepias flower seeds will need to go through a process of stratification for successful germination. Place your seed packet in the fridge for roughly 3 to 6 weeks prior to sowing.

Asclepias seeds are best sown indoors, where the environmental conditions can be maintained for optimal growth. Sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last killing frost, at a shallow depth of 1/16” under topsoil. The seeds will require light to germinate, so it is crucial that you do not cover the seeds with much dirt. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.

Growing Conditions

Asclepias will enjoy an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day with temperatures of at least 70F to 85F. The soil should be rich in organic matter and also well drained. It is recommended that you combine any hard compact soil with a light fluffy compost to increase drainage. Water daily so that the seeds are kept moist until germination has occurred.

Germination & Growth

Milkweed seeds will show signs of life within 14 to 28 days, but can take up to 40 days to successfully germinate. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 36 to 60 inches tall and can be spaced roughly 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Swamp Milkweed is a crucial food source for the Monarch Butterfly. It will also attract an array of other beneficial insects as well.

 

You can always use the Xerces Milkweed seed finder for additional varieties of Milkweed that we do not carry ourselves.

Common Questions

Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.

Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.

Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.

Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.

Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and to Canada.

 

You may be interested in our article "What are Hybrids, GMO's & Heirlooms?"

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