I cut down the stalks to about 6-8 inches right below where the plant was previously leafing. If larvae hatch on your milkweed you might notice the plant’s leaves being devoured by the caterpillar. I had lots of butterflies, too! Wish me luck. In addition to the concerns over OE and disruption of migration behavior, emerging research suggests that tropical milkweed may actually become toxic to monarch caterpillars when the plants are exposed to the warmer temperatures associated with climate change. Give them another month, if they don’t leaf out or start sending up new shoots, start over. Powdery mildew. Learn how your comment data is processed. Thanks so much for the guidance. HI Lori, that’s an excellent question, but the answer is “it depends”. I don’t know much about swamp milkweed, since it isn’t native to my area, but I did find this: swamp milkweed propegates from rhizomes (in addition to seeds) so it will keep growing year after year if you don’t let the seeds disperse. Yes, on the arid side in the Keys area. The other question to ask is whether your milkweed is a hybrid or not. If you want to wait until the plant finishes flowering, and the caterpillars have moved on (which they most often do), then cut it down (or remove the tropical varieties), make that your plan. You probably aren’t doing anything wrong, Rita, but if you look up the particular variety that you purchased that is seeding and search for “xx milkweed signs of stress” or “xx milkweed seeding early” you might find some info on a forum specific to your region or hardiness zone. They were tropical milkweed and died in the cold winter weather. We love coffee grounds for veggies, but hadn’t considered them for milkweed. Blood flower attracts hummingbirds and bees as well as butterflies. Missouri Botanical Garden: Asclepias Curassavica, Missouri Botanical Garden: Asclepias Incarnata. Swamp milkweed is one of the most adaptable species of native milkweeds to grow in home gardens. For now you can stake them to keep them from falling over. You may want to check with the nursery where you bought them, or read up on the variety online to see what the behavioral pattern is for that particular variety. We gardenerds can never underestimate the power of a strong blast of water. I’ll prune the tips. Patience is not my long suit. Take care when cutting milkweeds so you disturb butterfly larvae on the plants. That will give it a fighting chance. If you prune the tips off, that will help trigger new growth. Sorry I can’t be more help, I just can’t find an answer to my question. :o). April 10 at 10:25 am. Well, actually, I've grown swamp milkweed successfully, but the monarchs ignored it. © 2020 Gardenerd. It may be too late for grow-through supports now, but if you prune the milkweed back you might be able to install one. High temperatures, lack of water, etc., can cause plants to give up the ghost early. You can buy milkweed plants at your local garden center or a nursery that sells native plants, but it is also easy to grow milkweed from seed. There are some which thrive in full sun, in humid conditions and even in very dry conditions. We do get a few monarchs and queens but we’d like to see more. What should I do with it? If Monarchs lay their eggs at the wrong time, the eggs hatch infested with a parasite. Yellow leaves and no more flowers. You can leave it until fall if it isn’t too unsightly for you. Tropical Milkweed, however, will readily regrow leaves after having been grazed down to the stems; it also can hang on throughout mild winters. Thank you for growing Arizona native milkweed! It is now mid-June and these plants are already producing seed pods. Can I “shape” milkweed as it grows..would like ‘bushy instead of ‘tall’.. It will grow faster in warm weather (80 degrees) and at least partly sunny conditions. What Are the Benefits of Butterfly Gardens to the Environment? Besides, pollinators and butterflies like a 3′ wide swath of plants to enjoy so spreading them out will give them more room to feed. Description. I am a great native milkweed for wet areas. I loved them and they added so much to my landscaping. Milkweed flower color varies across species and can be white, yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, or red. Cool spring temperatures have slowed the eggs' development time. If so, how and when? Under these conditions, tropical milkweed produces higher cardenolide concentrations. Flowers form into balloon shaped “hairy balls”. Do you think this may have killed them? As for #2, I unfortunately don’t have any experience with tuberosa milkweed. Required fields are marked *. Tropical milkweed ( Asclepias curassavica ), is pretty and easy to find, but keep it as an annual or grow it indoors. Here is their publication on the subject: http://monarchjointventure.org/images/uploads/documents/Oe_fact_sheet.pdf. Also the orange and black bug also. If you live in Orange County,Riverside, San Diego, etc. That said, I’m always hopeful, and nature is powerful. With the exception of droughts in your area, you can skip watering, too. Is this the time to cut it back? That’s a trap crop and we usually welcome them in the garden. I’m a 1st yr. Milkweeder. It’s okay to deadhead milkweed as the flowers fade to prolong blooming. Look how much the milkweed grew in 14 days! I have swamp milkweed, antelope horn milkweed, and butterfly weed, and am in deep south Texas (Laredo). Thank you so much for your comprehensive reply. Sorry to hear about your milkweed, Annette. Dogbane grows much taller than milkweed (often more than a foot) before the leaves fold out and begin to grow, while milkweed leaves usually fold out at about six to eight inches. Okay thank you, I appreciate the information! I’ve noticed that the leaves of Swamp Milkweed turn a nice purple color in Fall. Do they still have promise to grow? This type of caterpillars has a potential of killing your entire butterfly weed. It depends on which type of milkweed, but many of them will regenerate more leaves. According to the Xerces Society, L.A. is at the southern tip of the range for this plant. As the plants can be toxic; consumption of the plant protects caterp… Asclepias exaltata, Poke Milkweed, got its name because the leaves resemble those of the pokeweed plant. With herbicide usage, however, comes the risk of harm to beneficial flora and fauna, including the monarch butterfly. Monarch caterpillar eats leaves of all varieties of milkweed as food. but i have done it with stems stripped of leaves by monarchs just to supplement the “food” for the cats. Growing milkweed supplies larvae of the Monarch with food and shelter, providing caterpillars food and a resting place before they leave the caterpillar stage and become butterflies. They don't require any fertilizer to thrive. As such, milkweed is critical for the survival of monarchs. never seen any caterpillars but plenty of seed pods, now my bush is going to seed pods already, had plenty of honey bees but no butterflies, why are they getting seed pods already, and can I cut it back once the seeds are done forming? During droughts, keep the flowers blooming with weekly watering. But if you want to make it bushier, feel free to pinch. In this study we divided 23 milkweed patches into three sections each. Crownbeard (Verbesina virginica). How to Grow Milkweed Plant. I have a few catapillars now. Hi live in the CA Bay Area, and have about a 4′ x 25′ patch of native showy milkweed that is flowering and covered with aphid. If I bought plants at Lowe’s and gathered seeds to replant are they contaminated with pesticides or will the new seeds be “clean” plants? Common milkweed can be a problem for agriculture due to its long root system and resistance to herbicides, according to a Michigan State University Extension website article. So it might work. I took in about 15 babies yesterday and there are still many on the milkweed. We want to do whatever is best for the Monarchs. Got down to 10 degrees. I naturally live in marshes and swamps. Milkweed plants are known for their puffy flowers and long stalks. You mentioned that you are growing swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata. It’s my first year with it. This year the milkweed has had a terrible time with rust. Planting Time: Milkweed plants can be planted in spring or fall. Thanks for writing in, Bob. Here in North Dakota, I pinch back a few milkweeds of both the common and swamp varieties to spread out the bloom time. I’ve been searching online to see if anyone pinched their native milkweeds to make them bushier. Hybrids don’t breed true to type – they are wild cards so seeds saved from them won’t grow out the same as their parents. I was hoping you might have some tips for growing them. Good luck. Although it’s easy to grow, tropical types host a parasite that infects and harms monarchs. Located in Tulsa, OK Some of these varieties need swampy living conditions so if you live where it’s dry that might be why you aren’t seeing other varieties re-seeding themselves. You can plant them closer and then thin the plants as they grow in, or, plant Swamp Milkweed and its cultivars between 30” and 36” apart. It is always possible that pesticide drift can ward off insects. Perennial milkweeds grow back year after year. Hi Kevin, it depends on where you have the milkweed growing. The roots will dissolve over time and new plants will grow from dispersed seeds. My big caterpillar was willing to eat it. This is my first year!, According to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, they should be cut back in the fall. Will they grow back? Should I cut of the flowers from my Milkweed. We leave these plants all summer without cutting or mowing and they are increasing in number. The milkweed had 2 weeks to grow before the eggs hatched. In Southern California do I cut back the milkweed now to get larger milkweed bushes? Many people plant milkweed in their home gardens to help the survival of the monarchs. I tend to leave plants in place, leaves or not, until it’s clear the stem is not producing any more leaves and is dying back. White vine (Sarcostemma clausum), Native Nectar Plants for Monarchs in South Florida, Mist flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) Question – lots of info on how to get plants started but nothing on end of season maintenance. Cat’s tongue (Melanthera nivea) We live in Minnesota. My question is do I need to cut back the plants to get them fuller and growing longer time or doin just let the. Milkweed is the only plant on which the Monarch butterfly will lay eggs. I think not. In the future you might consider mulching around the plant over winter or potting it up indoors if you haven’t tried that already. I think it is swamp milkweed; it does come back every year. You’re right, Bob, not many sites talk about what to do with the milkweed after it’s finished for the season. I am in New Orleans. Flower. Its April and I am seeing a few Catapillars. Should I cut my common to stagger the maturity throughout the summer and fall? © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. I wouldn’t give up on it yet. Asclepias vestita – creamy flowers and broad leaves. She lands on it, scratches it with her front legs, tastes it with her feet, and confirms that it’s indeed milkweed. They may have more knowledge about Monarch travel patterns in Laredo. 2. How long does it take a milkweed whose leaves have been eaten to grow new leaves and be ready again? One customer took a swamp milkweed plant back because it killed the monarch caterpillars. We’ll also look at sandhills milkweed, which Scott calls the most important milkweed species in the southeast. Thoughts? Writing from over here in the Phoenix AZ. This is perfectly normal! We hosed them off and we had sticks in a pot for the winter. After blooming, pods will form at the base of the flowers that contain the seeds. I do have a question about common milkweed.I want to cut it back so that new shoots will be ready for the fall monarchs.when should I do that? If there is anything growing nearby, clear a space to prevent competition around it. The bloodflower seems to be the #1 favorite with it’s tender tropical leaves, with swamp milkweed and common milkweed running close seconds. Usually we prune back milkweed in the fall before winter hits. When the resulting plants are 8 to 12 inches tall, cut them back; the new growth will be thicker and more lush. I wouldn’t spray anything on your milkweed. For instance, plants in the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae, (don't let the name intimidate you), secrete a milky sap (except for Butterfly Milkweed) and opposite or sometimes whorled leaves. When the caterpillars hatch, they feed on the leaves of milkweed. The long, oblong leaves are light green and grow to about 8 inches long. It’s easy to grow your own Milkweed! but i have done it with stems stripped of leaves by monarchs just to supplement the “food” for the cats. Savannah milkweed (Asclepias pedicellata) That should give plants enough time to generate new growth. Whether native or tropical, make your milkweed choice carefully and manage your plants intelligently. Hardy after moving twice. Originally from South America, blood flower (Asclepias curassavica) also grows in the United States. What now? is it possible it will come back from the root? In youth, leaves are waxy, pointed and dark green, later dropping from the stem and allowing the milky substance to exude from the growing milkweed. Milkweed Plant is an upright specimen that may reach 2 to 6 feet (0.6 to 1.8 m). I plan on cutting the stems down to about the 6″ height & hope they will come back next year just as hearty as they did this year. In 2015 I learned about native milkweed and it's many benefits. Otherwise they are pretty tough and will take care of themselves. Not sure. When the leaves die back, the parasite dies along with them so that when the butterflies return each spring and summer, they feed on fresh, parasite-free foliage. I’m not touching them except to cut off the remaining “sticks”. This encourages the new leaves to sprout and eventually these plants will feed more monarch caterpillars! I am on East Coast South Carolina. It is an uncommon plant found in open woodlands, rich mesic woods, and sandy woodlands and is considered an indicator of good quality woodland habitat. Many thanks. Home gardeners can aid the Monarch population by adding milkweed to their landscape, pollinator garden, herb garden, or … Your thoughts would be much appreciated. Resources about the plants were hard to find even on the internet. Cutting back the milkweed will also help I live 2.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Monarchs tend to interrupt their migration to hang out with topical milkweed, so we’re providing them with a pit-stop that’s not necessarily good for them. We’ve begun planting A. erosa, A. linaria, and A. augustifolia. Should we cut back the stems on the existing plants or do we just leave them? https://homeguides.sfgate.com/milkweed-come-back-cut-it-97807.html Planted a giant milkweed tree was growing great untill i covered it when the temp here in florida got below 32° now it looks sad and dead should i cut it back HELP not sure what to do. I was a Master Gardener in Calgary for over 20 years and am now an Entomology specialist. After planting, water your cuttings every few days until they’re actively putting out new growth. I had monarch larvae on them. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterfliesespecially the monarch, which deposits its eggs on the milkweed. At the desert museums plant sale, it looks like is alive, haha should I cut the stalks back? With the exception of droughts in your area, you can skip watering, too. Hi Linda, it depends on when your first frost happens and how durable these milkweeds will be when that time comes. I’m not sure what you mean by brand, but I grew them from seed, rather than buying plants at a nursery. Yes there are monarchs landing on and taking the nectar from the milkweeds, but could this spray prevent the caterpillars from being on these milkweeds even tho the butterflies are using the milkweeds for other reasons? I live in Florida , it is May and our milkweed had been completely eaten and the plant is just sticks. I have seven types of milkweed in my garden but this one is not a monarch favourite. I ran into the issue last year when I was staring at an 8 ft. stalk of Asclepias Physocarpa, denuded after a season of successful Monarch habitation. Many garden centers like Home Depot tag their plants with a sign that says, “This plant is protected by glyphosate” or something like that. You can find many nurseries which do not use pesticides on any plants that attract pollinators. When should you plant milkweed? I plan to cut my field soon, along with the milkweed. As a reminder, it is ideal to grow milkweeds that are native to your state if possible. Q. I grow common milkweed for the monarch butterflies. Should I save the seeds and plant in the Fall. Different cultivars of milkweed behave differently, but even perennial milkweeds die back. Florida Association of Native Nurseries – Save Our Monarchs: Plant Native Milkweed . Luckily, there isn’t all that much that you need to do – though there are a few tips and tricks that you should follow to ensure the perennial growth of … Yellow top (Flaveria linearis) I launched Grow Milkweed Plants to help citizen scientists locate and learn about milkweed … Yvonne, Your milkweed will naturally die back to ground in Zone 4. As they bloom, I keep the old flowers trimmed off so they continue blooming. Today someone accidentally cut my lush, budding milkweed down to the ground with a weed wacker. I’m a big fan of gardener, Tracy Disabato-Aust, who is famous for pinching and trimming perennials to stagger bloom. The corona (circle of petals around the center of the flower) contains 5 hooded forms facing inwards. You can keep the dead stalks in place until Feb or March for winter interest or for insects who might overwinter. A mower company cut mature common milkweed….can I still transplant or will it sprout again this season? Yvonne. It can pose a challenge for farmers, however, and cutting milkweed plants is not an effective way to remove them because they grow back from their long roots. I live in Southern California and have a variety of milkweed including the tropical milkweed, narrow leafed, and this yellow flowered one that looks similar to the tropical milkweed. aka Wooly milkweed. It could be a number of factors contributing to your milkweed bolting to seed so soon. I’d leave it. I think some will and it will branch out some, but if you have a lot of caterpillars, they will defoliate it . Hello, Heat loving species like tropical milkweed will not grow back. It attracts butterflies and grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. As the weather warms up they may take off. Caterpillar’s have stripped all the leaves and buds from my milkweed. Seems way to early – what am I doing wrong? It’s a fine nectar plant. How much do we cut it back? Thank you in advance. I have to believe that the female lays eggs on them with the intent of a food supply also. The first year they were great. Some say down the the ground, others day leave about 4″ above soil level. Instead new sprouts came up from seeds I dispersed nearby. is valued primarily because its nectar attracts butterflies and because its leaves are the sole food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. We don’t want to poison the Monarchs. It’s easy to grow your own Milkweed! Go and do what they do? Should I try staking them? They are all still sprouting new leaves and flowering. chapmanii, sempervirens or stricta) This website has growing tips for these particular milkweeds: It doesn’t really have any pruning advice, but it does include advice on how to care for the plant. Can I spray bug spray on my milk weed for tiny black and yellow bugs. I pulled out all of the plants to stop it. I’ve got them separated into three different milkweed cuttings. She then proceeds to lay her egg on a leaf — and only on the leaf of a milkweed.This is because monarch caterpillars depend on the plant for food, eating every leaf in their path until they complete their metamorphosis (a cycle tha… Keep us posted on how thing go. Each generation is more adapted to your climate, so this seed may do better than your original plant. For more detailed instructions on growing milkweed from cuttings check out this post: Grow Milkweed from Cuttings. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, except mine flopped over into the street and onto the sidewalks right as they started blooming. It’s helpful to have a diverse selection of native milkweed and flowering plants, but avoid tropical milkweed (A. curassavica). If I can cut off the flower heads after they bloom do I cut the stems back about 1/3 also even though it is the month of June. Annual vs. perennial – if the milkweed you are growing performs as an annual in your hardiness zone, like the Asclepias Physocarpa pictured above, you can scatter the open seed pods around the soil and cut the stalks down to the ground. The eggs have finally hatched. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species. They did very well over last winter and spring and this year seem to appear to be dead. Water Wisely. Conservatively, ban all Tropical Milkweed from your garden? Milkweed regrows after you cut it back. When growing milkweed plant, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t transplant well due to the long taproot it grows. The seeds can be planted indoors in cool climates and transplanted outside after danger of frost has passed. Last year, it got so tall it flopped over. The tuberosa saplings are not growing at all… Still about an inch or so tall while the swamp saplings are almost 10-12 inches by now. How to Kill Milkweeds. Thanks. I’m guessing the prairie sightings on the map are likely misidentified Viceroys. You can buy milkweed plants at your local garden center or a nursery that sells native plants, but it is also easy to grow milkweed from seed. I imagine it would provide more forage and space to hide. Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) This overuse/reuse of the plants can allow higher concentrations of OE to persist and be passed on to the caterpillars. MonarchButterflyGarden.net states that you can prune off spent flowers if you don’t want to seeds to spread. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species. the stems will root in the water as well. Thanks for writing in. Thanks for the speedy reply! Keep us posted! also you can freeze milkweed. “If you already have tropical milkweed in your garden, prune the milkweed stalks to about 6 inches in height during the fall and I had the same question hereIn Florida. The Extension recommends killing milkweed before it spreads in crop fields by using repeated applications of glyphosate herbicide. I honestly couldn’t find anything about shaping milkweed during the season, only about pruning back at the end of the season. Cut back to 4″ above soil level. Only 8 little saplings of clustered leaves among 2 pots. I hope this helps! The caterpillars will eat all of my leaves, but don’t worry, I will grow back. I need a lot of water to survive Size: 4-6 ft tall x 2 ft wide Bloom Time: Summer Price: $6.99 (1 gal) I am a great native milkweed for wet areas. It’s hard to know what will happen without knowing the specific variety you’re growing. Hi Tony, I live in MA and have about 9 growing cars of various ages. Hi Nicole, This blurb comes from the Monarch Joint Venture on BackToNatives.org: Without it, they cannot complete their life cycle and their populations decline. Compacted soils may cause other problems. You may also find that you need to treat is as an annual in BC. So let’s spread milkweed and cut back on the myths. When would I cut the milkweed since they are doing so well? We’ll also look at sandhills milkweed, which Scott calls the most important milkweed … They don’t mind competition from other pests (aphids, milkweed bugs, etc.) Therefore, an adequate supply of milkweed is essential to sustain the monarch butterfly population. Just bought 6 more plants to rotate. I do not want to replace them if it is going to be a recurring problem. My first thought was to suggest that you grow a short type of milkweed in front of a taller variety so you don’t have to worry about pruning mid-season. That said, you might try spraying around the plant instead of spraying it directly. if you have the tropical milkweed you can cut the stems off and put them in water . I transplanted 4 plants of milkweed (some of the had zero roots attached), have watered them everyday, fertilized the heck out of them, gave them a drink of root stimulator. Another article lists the following: Native Larval Host Plants for Monarchs in South Florida, Curtiss’ milkweed (Asclepias curtisii) Thanks for sharing, Mike. I buy from nurseries which do not use pesticides on any of their flowering plants. It is a perennial, so it should come back. This milkweed was supposed to be perennial in my garden, but after waiting several months for new growth to appear (meanwhile other milkweeds were sprouting new leaves) I decided to cut it down. I might have to try out pruning some of them this year, so we’ll see how it goes! Without it, they cannot complete their life cycle and their populations decline. I cut back the milkweeds in the fall like I was told to. If the plant already has seed pods, I’d let it go to seed and collect them for next year. We’ll talk about what it takes to grow those first- we know that’s why a lot of you clicked. I live in santa barbara and we had aphids on our milkweed as well. It also says they are best propagated from cuttings (I’m guessing for the same reason). The stems of this year’s plants are very hardy & strong, their appearance looking much like bamboo stalks. I also grow Oxypetalum caeruleum, with it’s lovely star-shaped light blue flowers and milkweed pods, which is reported to be a food source for Manarch larvae; however, I haven’t yet observed a Monoarch egg or larvae on this plant. Stress is the usual culprit. Won’t the Monarchs not survive when they finally hatch since it will be fall/winter? But if you have a really short growing season, it may not come back into flower before frost. the milkweed should come back just fine in the spring. SO BF WILL BE ON THERE WAY TO MEX. I have 2 Qs: Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a North American native, growing in the United States and Canada. Monarch butterflies are on the decline because of changes to their habitat, including herbicide and pesticide usage, weather conditions, protozoan parasite infestation and the eradication of milkweed. I am also planning on trying to dry this year’s stems that I cut off & hopefully they can be used much the same way that bamboo stalks are. THAT BEING SAID – I have been spraying a product called DEER – FENCE, because earlier in the year the deer were eating all of the milk weed as well as the butterfly bushes. As a perennial, they will come back every year, despite harsh winter conditions. But you don’t have to do that if you cut them back. Swamp Milkweed will produce several clusters (umbels) of ¼” flowers that are very detailed and intricate. I’ve had several sets of Monarch larva, and have seen two crystalist. Several kinds of milkweed plants grow in the United States. Hello from Central Florida! I heard that you should not use milkweed from the year before, it’s bad for the butterflies. If you didn’t cut it back to about 4″ from the soil in December it might need to be cut back now. I wish I knew more about swamp milkweed. In warm summer temperatures, monarch eggs hatch after only 2-3 days. this will grow leaves back on the stem as well as let the plant grow back up. As of now, it’s about 10.5 inches long, and a little scrawny, but otherwise seems healthy. Milkweed plants grow well in dry or loamy soil as long as the area drains well. We have a milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) from Home Depot here in San Diego (Vigoro Brand). Milkweed, like us, seems to loves a good coffee bean. Blazing star (Liatris garberi, gracilis, or chapmanii) I think it is swamp milkweed; it does come back every year. To my surprise they came back strong this spring! I admit that I don’t do anything to my milkweed, I just let it go. Milkweed thrives in a garden when cut or thinned regularly. I believe the native milkweed there is swamp milkweed, but according to this article, Florida has 20 native species (8 of which are native to South Florida). Will a second crop of milkweed come back? The stems and leav… this will grow leaves back on the stem as well as let the plant grow back up. 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