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.
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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