Milkweed Pods – Growing in Georgia

Q: On a recent trip to Massachusetts I saw milkweed pods ready to burst. Is it possible to grow milkweed down here?

A: Garden designer Shannon Pable (www.shannonpable.com) pointed me to the website of Monarchs Across Georgia, which boasts a list of twenty-three milkweeds that grow here (xrl.us/MONARCHS). All the plants need is full sunshine and soil that stays moderately moist. Milkweed is a perennial plant. You can plant seeds in late spring, making sure to expose the seeds to 24 hours of sunshine before sowing. You can also root cuttings from established plants in late June.

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