Feb. 1 2019 Update

Greeting To All,

Our delicious Milkweed is growing beautifully while most of the country is stuck in the “polar vortex”.

The Natives are slowly coming to life…..so much harder to get going than the Tropical but we will persevere!

I think it is safe to say that we will have the Swamp Milkweed, Common Milkweed, Aquatic Milkweed, Honeyvine, Swan Milkweed, along with the Tropical ready for Spring 2019 but the others…..it may be late Summer before I can list the Whorled, Short Green aka Green Comet, and the Spider aka Green Antelope Horn.

It is a bit of a challenge getting these natives going. First they must be cold stratified for a few weeks and then we can get them in some soil. Even then we have about a 50/50 chance of the seed germinating.

So, while I’m on the subject of native milkweeds, let me try to clear up confusion with the names…..

  • Swamp (Asclepias Incarnata)
  • Common (Asclepias Syriaca)
  • Spider (Asclepias Viridis)
  • Whorled (Asclepias Verticillata)
  • Aquatic (Asclepias Perennis)
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa)
  • Short Green (Asclepias Viridiflora)
  • Honeyvine (Cynanchum laeve)

In addition to the natives we always have Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica).  Giant Milkweed (Calotropis gigantea) and Swan Milkweed (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) are occasionally available.

Confusion happens easily since these are all called various other names but this is how they will be listed.

There are over 100 kinds of native milkweeds, we choose ones that are native to the eastern US. This includes all of the states east of the Rocky Mountains. This does not mean they will not grow west of the rocky mountains but they may not be considered “native”. Many of the milkweeds that are native to the western states need dry conditions to thrive and we just don’t fit that criteria here in tropical south Florida.

Native Milkweeds will go to seed and die back in the Fall but the roots stay dormant until Spring when they shoot out new growth for another season. Tropical will not survive freezing temps but can be easily brought inside since it has no tap root, it transplants easily.

We are listing plants as soon as they can handle shipping so keep checking! If you are looking for something specific, please sent me a note and I will do my best to find it.

Thank You!

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