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All milkweeds are perennials and some can be grown from cuttings. Cuttings provide a way of producing new plants in a relatively short time and it avoids some of the difficulties of starting plants from seeds. To start cuttings, cut the stems underwater, then coat the bottom of the stem with a strong rooting hormone. The stems should be placed in sand, vermiculite, or potting soil that is kept continuously moist. Cuttings can usually be transplanted in 6-10 weeks. Survival is best when cuttings are made from green stems (1/3 inch diameter) obtained from plants fertilized two weeks earlier. Do not allow the milky sap of the plants to get on your skin or in your eyes, it is very irritating.Soil TypesLight soils are better than heavy clay soils. Well-drained soils are generally best but Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed) can be planted at the edge of ponds or wetlands, and does well in saturated conditions.Where to PlantMost milkweed species like full sunlight and they will do best if they are planted in the sunniest areas of your gardens.
Think about spreading the word. Contact your local Garden Club and ask that their members plant milkweed.
Encourage your local nurseries to stock milkweed seed and plants that do well in your area.
Tell your friends and neighbors not to plant Tropical milkweed because of the disease it carries.
Encourage your community to plant some milkweeds for monarchs in parks and on other public lands, and anyone who has a wildlife habitat should have a few milkweeds in it.
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