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Harvest Time ! & Drought Alert

not a Yucca, a seed pod ! Photo by author
not a Yucca, a seed pod ! Photo by author
Not what you think though.  Earlier this week I harvested two seed pods from my Swamp Milkweed.  I read up on it.. squished them and they popped.  I am dryed them for two days in a child's beach sand sifter over a pot. I followed the instructions here from Wild One's :
http://www.wildones.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Milkweed-Basics.pdf

I was especially interested in the method shown in the 1st Youtube video.  Last year, I harvested post-Sandy and the fluff was just everywhere.  It is an interesting by-product, that could be harvested for many uses I suppose.   I think it is best if small eager children are involved. ;0  But since I have no volunteers, I will try to follow these directions: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFXWitrxOmQ. Update ! It worked and I now have seeds drying in a paperbag 
waiting to be mailed. I am not sure if having just watered nearby made it easier for me to harvest just the seed, but that method did work. 

Next ? Label and send to Monarch Watch.  All the information you need is in Milkweed Basics.  

They recommend only harvesting 33% of pods you have growing, and I do have more pods, so if you are interested in starting your own seeds, or participating,
leave a comment here. 

Also, I want to thank Conrad Decker of Conrad Decker Nursery for pointing out the obvious.  We are in a Drought.   Don't believe me ?  Check this link out:
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/NortheastDroughtMonitor.aspx

I am not sure how far below average our water level is, but I do hand water all of my plants daily.  I even got one of those magic hoses.  Shame it is only 25 feet though.  But it is nice and light.  
I pay special attention to any plants that were added this year.  They need a lot more water than Mother Nature has provided.  As do anything in pots.  Especially clay ones.  So water away ! 

Happy Harvesting and Water, Water, Water !

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Richard Silverman October 03, 2013 at 03:47 PM
good read thanks
Betsy O'Phelan October 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I would be interested in milkweed seeds! I could probably trade you for seeds from an unusual morning glory a friend gave me and I've grown the past two years from seed.
Denise Meehan October 04, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Thanks Richard ! I appreciate the feedback!
Denise Meehan October 04, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Bestsy, no need to swap. I am actually pretty awful with seeds, but I would be happy to give you the pods. I am always interested in Native Plant swaps. I don't use facebook, so you can contact me at denise.meehan at g m a i l. u know what ! ;0
Denise Meehan October 04, 2013 at 12:08 AM
oops Betsy. Late at night the eyes go. I signed off an email as Demose recently !

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