Question: Hi. I recently received 6 packets from you of Butterfly milkweed. Could you provide some advice on planting? I have a small flower garden ( full sun,) as well as 15 acres of various prairie plants and grasses. Began as all switchgrass but I am slowly planting more and more grasses and forbs. Thanks. Stan
Response: Stan, you may start the seeds indoors after you have moist stratified them. Place the seeds in a zip lock back mixed with moist vermiculite. Leave them in a refrigerator for 30 days. Remove and plant in open flats or small pots with sterile soil medium at a depth of 1/8th to 1/4th inch. They must receive considerable light and warmth to adequately develop. Once they have started to form the white root, they can be transplanted to your garden or field. Keep the competition down from weeds and other plants. They prefer well drained to excessively drained soils in full sun. They do well in rocky poor soils with maximum exposure to the sun and wind. If you want to do a dormant seeding, you may spread the seed now or anytime the ground is exposed. Make sure your seeds are not on frozen ground as they may wash away. Wait until the ground thaws and spread your seed but only lightly cover with a sprinkling of soil or compost no deeper than 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Nature can then freeze and thaw offering the best stratification. Once plants are mature, you must be very careful when you attempt to transplant as the roots are very massive and at least 90% of the roots should be dug with plant and immediately transplanted. You should start seeing blooms the second year and thereafter the plants will grow much stronger and have many blooms in the following years. If your plants, for some reason die or disappear the following year after planting, they are probably in a poorly adaptable site for this species.
Howard aka “Earthyman”
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In Western traditions we are constantly comparing one thing to the other. Which do you like better… brown or blue eyes, basketball or football, chicken or fish? Nature did not give us all the glorious scenes to judge one place or species over the other. Why does one thing have to be better than another? Think about it. When we compare or try to make one thing better than another, our minds leave the natural beauty of the entity and go to a place of judgement and diminish the innate qualities of that which is being analyzed.
More examples that nature puts before us to admire but get turned around occur in the plant world. One such example is the Common Burdock, known as a terrible weed, ugly and a plague for horses’ manes and tails. Soon, a hatred is built up regarding this plant. What did “The Great Spirit” have in mind when the Burdock was born into existence? Certainly it is well equipped to survive as the seed heads cling to any thing that brushes up against it . It is even more tenacious than velcro which by the way was invented as this natural clinging trait of Burdock was copied by man. Certainly if we were hungry or starving we could dig the roots of Burdock and survive by eating them.
If we look closely to the flower of the Burdock, it holds its own natural beauty but it is not considered as a prize wildflower possession by any landscaper or gardener. Truly the beauty is lost as we curse the power that the Burdock has over us. We wage war against it by digging it, spraying it and killing it anyway that we can. Can we change these natural traits or is “The Great Spirit” trying to tell us something? When did we start to complain about this plant? The more we complained, the more we got. Right? Nature’s signs go unheeded and the Burdock serves as a red flag that something isn’t right with the harmony of our use of the land. As an early indicator, it makes itself obvious as we overgraze our pastures and pay no attention to the overuse of them. Those who heed the warning sign back away and start treating the land with more respect and the Burdock starts to diminish over time.
Burdock is not less than, more than or uglier than. It just is, so appreciate your football or basketball for what it is and as we adjust our lives to look beneath the surface and accept all diversity as beautiful in its own light.
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