My tropical milkweed has not started regrowth yet. That will help you raising future butterflies…good luck! Hope you can help! I understand that we have over 100 species of milkweed now. How much should one cut. When I am examining them there doesn’t seem to be any difference. You would be better off starting those seeds about 2 months before your average final frost in late winter. At its base the branches are very thick, and yes I mean branches! My first time trying to grow these. Hi Sue, you can pinch back the top leaves to encourage bushier growth, which should provide more leaves for your caterpillars over time. Asclepias is a genus of herbaceous, perennial, flowering plants known as milkweeds, named for their latex, a milky substance containing cardiac glycosides termed cardenolides, exuded where cells are damaged. My first large female arrived on Tuesday. I wish I could attach a picture as it looks like Tropical Milkweed as well, not Butterfly Weed asclepias tuberosa. Please see complete growing conditions and details for Tropical Milkweed Plants (Asclepias curassavica) under our seed description. Although I do not notice if it has grown. Can I use pine needles as mulch for tropical milkweed? I’d take a few minutes to research the two to get more info. If they have other options available, tuberosa isn’t typically the plant they go for because of the coarse, sapless leaves. I love this plant especially the caterpillars. I would just like to see the darn things bloom at some point. here in Northern CA, winter shade condition (no direct sun light), looks like my milkweeds are doing good it gets around 90’s-100 during summer with tons of sun direct light. How do I do it? With unique blooms and vivid colors, Asclepias will flower summer through fall. If the seeding gets to be too much, I would cut off at least some of the pods. You want to cut all plants back at some point to let fresh, OE-free foliage grow back…. Hi Jessica, if your plants are just flowering now, they won’t seed. As for getting “real” curassavica, check out the milkweed stores section on my resources page. I started seeds this spring, and overwintered a plant from last summer (I’m in zone 5). It is native to the American tropics and has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species. Germinating Asclepias Tuberosa from seed is very easy. Thank you so much for your help in advance. I have to say though that my seeds germinated in about a week in peat pellets with a plastic dome over them, I got about 99% germination too. Large is in his Chrysalis at the moment. My concern is that I already have problems with aphids, I try and control them by wiping them off the plant, but they are still a problem and I am so fearful of wiping off Lady bug lions and Monarch and other butterfly eggs. Hi I live in zone 9 Louisiana. What do you mean by cutting? What environmental alarmists and what Tony calls native “purists” never explain is what they mean by native. Just not growing on live stems. Tropical milkweed seeds are never in short supply…, I ended up with several tropicals in 20″ pots, they are doing terrific! Only the pipevine!! Do they need cold stratifcation? When the stalks get too tall, I cut them back to 12″, and make 3 cuttings from one stalk. Can I cut them back to make them fuller by next month or two or is it too late to cut them back? Just sounds fun gets real big im in minnesota and have lots of room im my butterfly garden. (It will re-seed itself in zones 9-11.) I’m surprised that you say A. Tuberosa is not a preferred milkweed for Monarchs. We do not see one from November to March. I am in Houston, Texas. There is another issue we have to consider and this is what really matters. Hi Robert, it’s not a sure thing as a perennial in your region, but leaf mulching in fall should help some survive. It only takes 2 caterpillars to devour an entire plant in their 2 week life span. Other than orange oleander aphid attacks, it’s been doing well and I’ve been playing with rooting cuttings in water and seed germination. You’ll have a huge head start if you take stem cuttings or buy plants. I use a very generic flowering plant food, apply sparingly, and water a couple of times a week now that the temp is getting warmer. What I did, however, is take the showy milkweed I dug up and re-planted it by a nearby creek. I placed the original plant ( now bare) in the sun, hoping it starts to blossom again. Can caterpillars eat two different types of Milkweed (my initial plant was a traditional yellow Milkweed), or should they only be fed the same type? Other common names include bloodflower or blood flower, cotton bush, hierba de la cucaracha, Mexican butterfly weed, redhead, scarlet milkweed, and wild ipecacuanha. Susan, The Dutchman pipeline is host plant to the polydamas swallowtail the passionvine hosts zebra longwings and Gulf Fritillaries to name a few. Seeds have over 90% germination rate when kept around 75 degrees. Can you comment on that? The Monarchs will be here any day. They don’t have access to the Tropical Milkweed inside my fenced yard, so I haven’t had any experience with them eating it. Not sure what to tell you about the weather, but enjoy your extended season! Hmm, I nearly always manage to collect some seed from my tropical milkweeds, so I've not had occasion to test its long-term viability. TN. Perhaps all milkweeds were originally tropical. It only spreads by seeding, and most of the seeds will die over winter in your region. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires. I have it quarantined from my other plants but don’t want to spray it and kill my butterfly eggs. Or maybe my thought process is off on these. Over the past 2 weeks the caterpillars have eaten almost all of the leaves. We can not, and should not, try to return to some arbitrary point in history because the world has moved on. I would plant them a little later in the fall, maybe November. Please see the article at http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/01/plan-save-monarch-butterflies-backfires. I stopped at the store and picked up a Red Silk Milkweed, which the nursery employee assured me my caterpillars could eat. I like them both, but they have very different growth cycle and growing habits. Thank you. Or should I wait to cut them back later? Would it be beneficial if they had some additional time in a cool fridge without the moist stratification prior to giving them moist stratification? General Information. Hi Brandi, there’s no problem with caterpillars switching between milkweed varieties. Hi Elizabeth, here are some photos of monarch eggs. I have heard for last two or three years not to grow the Tropical Milkweed here in North Florida because it deformed the butterflies and also because it blooms so late they don’t do their natural migration. Yes, no matter where you live i would suggest soaking the seeds first. If not, how far down do I cut them and still give them some leaves. Bees, of course. I was so sad to see all of my Blood Flowers hit by the frost and now they dead. They come up from seed in different flower beds , plus pots on patio. Hi Margaret, put this on the schedule to compare later in the season. The deer sometimes eat milkweed here in southcentral Texas also. It helps them to germinate faster. I have 53 eggs. Interesting points you make… I’m working on the next issue of BUTTERFLIES and hope you won’t mind if I quote you. Panic in Pensacola Jeannie. Thank you so much for ur comment. Have just caught up with your post made about a year ago, John! All the info talks about the north or Texas with Louisiana agriculture info is extremely lacking. Growing Asclepias Tuberosa from seed. The butterflies are native to NZ, they flew here from the Americas. I ‘spring sowed’ ours in Minnesota and had a high germination rate: I have approximately 30 milkweed plants in my garden in FL. I’m very excited. I put 3 tropical milkweed seedlings in with it, will see what happens. I live in zone 5a and have a Asclepias Curvassavica ‘Silky Gold’ that is a small shrub about 3′ x3′. Here's what you should know for growing annually... Monarch Butterfly Garden- … I love all the helpful information on this site. But I am unsure where to plant my Silky Gold. Zinnias as Well. Thanks for the response. Hi Deborah, it’s too late for monarch eggs this season. Full Tx Sun. Hi Arthur, if it’s a starter flame vine it may not flower its first season. Please refer to this article. taking cuttings now means that they would stay indoors for at least seven months and probably flower before they could safely stay outdoors, but the monarchs really loved them this year so i want to try and grow a big patch this coming summer. This has worked pretty well for us. Yesterday, I noticed the other one had a yellow, black and white striped caterpillars on it which I removed. I’m just wondering how far down I should cut the canes? Released onto my Mexican Torch Sunflower after hatching. They didn’t flower (started from cuttings in June) though. I’ve read reports online of people not too far from me also in zone 7a that say their tropical milkweed comes back every year. Many people are starting to believe that tropical milkweed is solely responsible for the spread of OE when the spores can be present on ANY milkweed variety, native or non-native. Thanks Tony! Should I cut then back or do nothing ? I gave some to a relative who planted them and they are doing great…blooming as usual. Please help with this dilemma, Hi Lauren, there is no conclusive research to suggest the majority of monarchs aren’t finishing their migration, even with the presence of tropical milkweed in warm regions…the numbers in Mexico have been very encouraging the past two seasons (last year was down, but a surprising recovery was made after the devastating 2016 March snowstorm in their overwintering grounds). I agree with Tony’s comments on the unfounded hype about the so-called non-native species doing harm. I spayed again and it seemed to do ok. Now, I’ve seen a monarch everyday laying eggs on it. I am puzzled about the Silky Gold. Any suggestions? I really would hate to destroy future Monarchs by taking the eggs, but if mamas keep laying them on the plants intended to feed the last 4 indoor babies, do I have a choice? It seemed quite healthy, with many flowers. But we must not pass judgment on them either way. Amy, I couldn’t disagree more. In the part of my garden where I first grew it it had already spread through some perennials, so I may not be able to fully get rid of it. Hi Bill, it’s all about supply and demand. A. curassavica be grown in pots or planted directly. Hence, that is the key that you are indeed promoting but it is missing many variables. Does soil in pots need to be changed, new soil? I would like to grow Tropical Milkweed in the large pots I have on my patio, Do you think they will flourish in such an environment? Grows easily from seed and produces many seed pods. Here they are an animal of the suburban garden and eat exotic plants, there are no native plants of significance. Hi Donna, butterfly houses are for decoration only, but other insects or wildlife might use them. Look forward to you getting back with me on that…O…also I have heard that the tropical plant doesn’t protect the monarch because it’s not toxic where as the native are….is this true. I just bought these seeds and I’m planning on planting them in Puerto Rico. Due to changes in climate from ice age to present day different regions host different plants and as the planet warms plants will move to suit the circumstances of the day. Bought two Milkweeds last summer and they have grown great in Brentwood CA (northern CA) and baby milkweeds are everywhere .. Asclepias Curassavica seeds germinate fast, and the growing Butterfly Weed thrives in full sun and dry or moist soils. I sowed a bunch of tropical milkweed seeds this spring and got 2 to reach maturity. What kind of damage have we done then? Here are some common monarch health issues: Tropical milkweed actually has higher cardenolide levels than native milkweed, so it helps to protect monarchs. Hello, I don’t suggest harvesting seeds until you see the seam splitting open. Don’t want milkweed all over our property … what should I do. The flowers are a great source of nectar for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects. We have 5 milkweed plants in containers. Bloodflower seed. I understand we have non-migrating monarchs as well. Before planting, soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to increase germination rate and speed up germination. I live on the north shore of Lake Travis. Sometimes, this depends on what other options you have to offer. upon reading the effects on migration I am concerned I am doing a disservice to monarch species. Last year I raised and released 135 Monarch with a 100% success rate. 180,000 seeds per pound. Most of my plants are native but a couple of months ago I purchased two beautiful silky gold tropical milkweed plants from Home Depot to add to my collection. after reading this article I was going to go out and purchase some for my garden. It’s a popular host plant and provides nectar for monarchs during the fall migration. There are also healthy seedling plants growing beneath them. Plants move around, they die out, they come back, they die out again. I have not started my seeds inside and was going to start the stratification period now, will I miss the bloom periods? That would probably be easier this time of year. Other common names of this plant are Swallow-Wort, Butterfly Weed, Scarlet Milkweed and Mexican Milkweed. I appreciate your knowledge and passion for the Monarch and friendly host plants! Otherwise, the plants daily with water is supposed to help keep the numbers down. Sowing: Direct sow Asclepias curassavica seeds just below the surface of the soil in late fall or early spring. There is no conclusive evidence that tropical milkweed is disrupting the migration. One positive… I’ve seen five monarch cats successfully mature and leave the milkweed late this summer. I would suggest that would be a good time to cut back tropical milkweed plants. Please keep us posted and let us know if your plants recover…good luck! Here’s more info on the potential problems/solutions with tropical milkweed: hello tony, i checked all the tops of my mexican milkweed, Asclepia curassavica, and i can’t find any growing tips that aren’t producing flower buds. I am in Oregon City Oregon. (thanks Tony for a great service to all monarch hobbyists). We have had serious weather conditions all summer. Due to all the negative posts I have read about Tropical MW, I am relegating it to the far side of the garden. How best to save the seed for planing next year? I have the pout outside on my porch where it gets plenty of sun and I only water when potting soil is dry, any suggestions? Hi, I just grow them until they root and then plant them in-ground. I have a Silky Gold Butterfly flower. What would you advise? Am I too late? it’s always a good idea to have at least 6 plants to a patch in case caterpillars finish off an entire plant. Hi Bud, you can fall plant seeds around November (you don’t want them to germinate before winter). At what point should I bring the plants indoors? As a northern gardener, I repot all our plants in fall to overwinter. As long as your plants were not treated with pesticides they should a fine addition for your butterfly garden, if you cut them back occasionally. Could I plant 3 or 4 tropical milkweeds in this same pot, or would that be too crowded? My mom and I both got a milkweed plant to grow in a container. My question is should I pinch them back to encourage multiple stems of growth? Hi Courtney, you can just keep them in a drawer or cupboard. I have several other Varieties I am growing. Planted my milkweed plants two weeks ago and had my first Monarch today. Asclepias curassavica grows easily from seeds, reaches two to three feet (60 to 90 cm) tall and spreads to about one-and-a-half to two feet (45 to 60 cm). good luck! This article shares some precautions you can take to help avoid spreading monarch diseases. I really didn’t expect this good of a germination rate. (southern Illinois). Sometimes it seems I have just 1 that is here all summer, is that possible? The information tag that came with it, lists it as Butterfly Weed. 99 After about one week, the lower leaves began to yellow and fall off. Is it because growers don’t know Monarch difficulties, or it is easiest to grow? Hi Andrew, it’s late to be stratifying seeds but you could try an abbreviated cold moist stratification (1`-2 weeks) and hope for the best. Like most Milkweeds, this variety features opposite leaves and produces orange-red flowers forming terminal and auxiliary clusters that are 2-4 in across. Showy flowers … I bought this plant at Amazon and when it came it looks healthy. Hi, in the following post I go over starting cuttings in water. Nice and leafy with tons of blooms. I would like to plant tropical milkweed if you think that is a wise choice for zone 7B in Virginia. And it doesn’t usually come back until early April or later unless I have cuttings in the greenhouse. Should I follow the same instructions? Is it still too early for it to start growing? Our plants don’t lose leaves up north. There are issues that need to be considered when growing it in your region. I live in Central Florida and it is March 1st now. I don’t know if the aphids prevented blooming or if there is some other reason they won’t bloom. I live in California, one mile from the Monarch sanctuary where they also grow Tropical milkweed alongside other natives such as Showy and Narrow Leaf. It is native to South America, but has naturalized worldwide in many tropical and subtropical areas. It might be from too much moisture. Hi Rick, I’m not familiar with the continuous growth cycle in Houston. This typically takes between 1-2 months. Is this about our gardener preferences or about helping the species? I’m in zone 5a and it hasn’t been an issue. When 3 or 4 of them just suddenly disappeared at the 4th & 5th instar stage, I finally decided to bring in a dozen eggs/hatchlings in to raise, using a kritter keeper and mesh cage. Even the leaves will show heat stress while the soil is still wet. I thought that this cannot be true but wanted you to confirm or deny. I believe we have Asclepias curassavica L.- based on the pictures. Hi John, monarch caterpillars love munching on tropical milkweed. Other milkweed species need cold treatment and based on ur comment and others tropical milkweed does not. Good luck! Southern California, Florida and Texas gardeners should consider cutting back tropical plants to the ground in fall to cut down the spread of OE and to encourage the monarchs to finish their fall migration. I live in Wisconsin and each spring I have milkweed in abundance coming up in my garden. Your response should be to remove it and quit promoting the use of it unless it’s proven to not harm butterflies. Hello, I am just learning about tropical milkweed. Hi Arthur, harvest them when they are cracked open, but before the fluff starts coming out, much easier to harvest then: I have a milkweed plant. We have a relatively high number of native species that are endemic (found nowhere else) and it is practical to conserve them – on isolated islands. I live in North Texas, 35 miles northeast of Dallas. I’m sure cutting back sometime in October would be good, but make sure you keep an extra stash or cover some plants if you are still raising…. yes Jeanine, I would cut them back. But, stratification wouldn’t hurt the seeds of Butterfly Weed at all, and might even increase the germination rate. Should I plant near the Tropical? Tropical Butterfly Weed (Asclepias curassavica) is a tender perennial that will thrive for several years as a houseplant or for one glorious year as an annual outdoors. That explains why I had showy milkweed pop up in my garden a couple years ago in the area where I grew my original plant from seed the prior year. They like Asclepias texana mostly. Tender perennial in Zones 7-10. I Find Planting In Pots And In Garden Helps. I think it has to do with the excess humidity in the summer months but it typically gets better after the rainy season. Thanks for all you insights. Tropical grows fast when the temps are warm…growth will start slowing as the night time temps cool. I am excited it is Tropical! nothing that would hurt the butterflies) until we put a couple marigolds nearby. Hello Tony, thanks for your reply. good luck! Lower leaves turn yellow and fall off. Many gardeners also find it a more attractive option for their garden so that is driving demand. We should be pushing for native species for YOUR REGION for many reasons, especially if that is the traditional food of these butterflies. There are potential issues with growing tropical milkweed in regions where the plants don’t die back because of disease issues. Bud Bowen. Wouldn’t the butterfly’s die if they had to migrate north to freezing temperatures in search of food and new milkweed? The rabbits mowed down our regular tropical and waiting for it to grow back…never really compared the two varieties before. I will be posting about fall cuttings in late August or September. Please post back and let us know how your butterfly weed and swamp milkweed work out! I was given a these: (pic link) https://goo.gl/photos/pPs4dEsakC42wySg8 Will they do well in Phoenix, Az? Now I feel maybe I should return some beautiful plants I just bought at Lowes. The plant is called Dutchman’s pipe vine…and the cats wouldn’t touch the milkweed!!! I unsuccessfully started growing Tropical milkweed seed this year with three attempts and the third one finally succeeding. With numerous common names including tropical milkweed, bloodflower, scarlet milkweed, sunset flower and silkweed, Asclepias curassavica is an interesting member of the milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae) thought to be native to the Caribbean, South America, Central America or Mexico. Hi Dan, sorry to hear you got the wrong seeds…this can typically be avoided by only buying milkweed by botanical name. But when the card… Monarchs do not need to migrate if it is warm enough for them all year round. Will they come back out this winter in the Tampa Bay area? Good luck with your new garden and pavilion, Tony. { on the other side of the air conditioner}. good luck! I’ll read the article asap and see if we can make it work for our gorgeous milkweed. We rely on plants/cuttings for this species. Cuttings should be made from healthy plants. I had about 20 of these last year and raised a lot of cats to maturity and I don’t think there are many problems with this milkweed. If we talked about humans like we do plants then we’d use terms like ‘Genocide’ and ‘Aprtheid’, and ‘Rascism’. I was amazed at how quickly the aphids disappeared. I am hoping that it will flower again this season. Thank you. I have used microclimates in my landscape successfully in the past to grow plants rated for warmer zones and am hoping that my Tropical that I planted in these microclimates will regrow next spring. I live in NE FL and would like to plant asclepias tuberosa in addition to some more tropical milkweed. It appears I was mistakenly sent showy milkweed seeds. A. Incarnata, Balloon Plant MW, a. Viridiflora, A. . (Asclepias curassavica) EXCLUSIVE - This mid to late summer heat-lover has big clusters of 1-inch blossoms in vivid scarlet-red, warm orange-red and gold. The ONLY bugs I don’t like that are visiting me this year for the first time have been one or two wasps and that stupid black and red-striped beetle… I don’t care if they’re harmless; I’ve always hated beetles! any advice is much appreciated. I was just curious at what temperature the cold kills off the above ground growth. The whole concept of “native” is flawed. Resident monarchs and many other tropical species feed on them and whether they get OE or not they must have worked that out during the process of coevolution. I want to add more patches of it in the spring. Don’t water until the soil starts to dry out…good luck! I read that Home Depot sprays their plants with pesticides and the pesticide residue is toxic to the caterpillars. Rabbits were munching ours down before we fenced it though…. The plants themselves grow to a mature height of about 18 to 36 inches tall. Received some A. Curassavica seeds and have 3 seedlings coming undergrowth light in the basement so excited, each day its seems one more pops up planted 15 seeds and using my tiny warmer as well. Here in New Zealand we rely almost exclusively on Asclepias fruticosa. If you start seeing aphids spot treat them with isopropyl alcohol…either spray them or use a cotton swab: I spray mine with a spray bottle of water and a few drops of Dawn dish soap. It is next to a wall in full sun most of the day. Too many people are focused on the potential negatives of tropical milkweed when there are simple solutions for dealing with some of these problems like cutting back milkweed (to avoid overuse) for those in warm weather regions. I usually pull out tropical milkweed (in Minnesota) in October. Thanks! Hi Elly, tropical milkweed grows well in containers, and can be grown in full sun to partial shade: Great, Thank you! I would just soak the seeds in water 24 hours before planting to soften the seed coat and speed up germination. Good luck! good luck! I haven’t planted them yet and was wondering what would be the best site would be? Buy Tropical Milkweed Seeds & Plants from Joyful Butterfly, Click here for 25+ Milkweed Ideas for your Butterfly Garden. I even saw a few Monarch butterfly flying out of a chrysalis that was located on my fence quite far away from the plants, and I was super thrilled. The plants were quickly stripped of their leaves and the cats grew large. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Sometimes I’ll look at the native map for a particular plant and see a state where it’s not native, surrounded by states where it is. Hi Lolly, since there are monarchs in your region year round, I would cut back when there is a lull in activity. Try staggering your cuttings (cut back half now, the other half a few weeks later). Is it already too late? I’ve had it for years and it’s done very well, even surviving a particularly harsh winter a couple of years ago that wiped out a lot of stuff here in Wisconsin. Is it possible to cut back this plant to rejuvenate it? The important thing is helping the Monarchs survive this difficult time. Bloodflower will produce clusters of beautiful red & yellow flowers. Any idea why my plants won’t bloom (remember, the first time there were no aphids, but it still never did anything but put out green growth). You could also winter sow them by planting them directly or keeping them in containers outside: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/wtrsow/2002050141031613.html, As for cold stratification, all I have ever done is put seeds in the refrigerator for a few weeks. You don’t have to cut down all your plants at once, and can stagger the cuttings so there’ll always be some in case of a milkweed emergency. Its dependable bright orange and red flowers stand out against the dark green foliage. So far the seedlings are going well under lights, they are just now putting on their first set of real leaves. I’m in Houston, Texas. Enjoy your break! If you don’t want tropical milkweed plants to seed, cutting off immature seed pods is a good idea. Little bees and this year’s Monarch butterflies love them the most (the bees are adorable and completely non-aggressive), and I’ve found them to be VERY low-maintenance. Is this true? Turned 20×20 plot into Butterfly Haven & was RICHLY REWARDED. 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