Grow Pink Swamp from fresh Asclepias incarnata flower seeds. Pink Swamp Asclepias will produce clusters of beautiful pink flowers. The plants themselves grow to a mature height of about 36 to 60 inches tall. Swamp Asclepias is known for attracting an array of beneficial insects such as bumblebees, lady bugs, hummingbirds and most importantly the endangered Monarch butterfly. Asclepias incarnata is grown as a perennial flowering plant that returns each year from its deeply established root system.
Swamp Asclepias is very important to the Monarch butterfly as it is categorized as a host plant. The caterpillars will enjoy its large, tender leaves and adult Monarchs, as well as many other butterflies look to it for its rich source of nectar. Swamp Asclepias can be grown with other varieties such as the Common Asclepias, Showy Asclepias & Butterfly Asclepias.
Monarch butterflies occupied much of North America in the many years prior to 2015. Recently, studies have shown that their numbers have dwindled by nearly 96% over the decades, leaving them hanging on the edge of endangerment. This migratory species is exposed to numerous threats along its pilgrimage, but the main threat it faces is the decrease in Asclepias plants available.
Purchase Pink Swamp Asclepias seeds now to help prevent any further decline in the Monarch population. Together we can all help to increase the number of these lovely orange & black creatures that so many of us adore.
Sowing the Seed - Asclepias flower seeds will need to go through a process of stratification for successful germination. Place your seed packet in the fridge for roughly 3 to 6 weeks prior to sowing. Asclepias seeds are best sown indoors, where the environmental conditions can be maintained for optimal growth. Sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, at a shallow depth of 1/16” under topsoil. The seeds will require light to germinate, so it is crucial that you do not cover the seeds with much dirt. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Growing Conditions - Asclepias will enjoy an area of full sunlight for the majority of the day with temperatures of at least 70F to 85F. The soil should be rich in organic matter and also well drained. It is recommended that you combine any hard compact soil with a light fluffy compost to increase drainage. Water daily so that the seeds are kept moist until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth - Asclepias seeds will show signs of life within 14 to 28 days, but can take up to 40 days to successfully germinate. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 36 to 60 inches tall and can be spaced roughly 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Swamp Asclepias is a crucial food source for the Monarch Butterfly. It will also attract an array of other beneficial insects as well.
Beautiful Packet Designs
Each seed packet comes with a beautifully illustrated image of the variety to be grown.
Details on the front include which variety is grown, as well as the scientific name and estimated seed count.
Detailed information about the specific crop is found on the front right.
Packets measure 3.25 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall.
Save your seeds for the next season! Many people don't know that seeds actually don't expire for years if they are kept in optimal conditions. Place unused seed packets in a ziplock bag, press the air out and keep them in a cool, dry and dark location for next year!
Detailed Sowing Information
Easy to follow seed sowing directions are presented on the reverse side of each seed packet.
QR codes are displayed on each seed packet for easy reordering, or for additional information on the variety purchased.
Each seed packet has a latex glue that allows you to self seal and save unused seeds.
The destruction of natural growing Asclepias has really hurt the Monarch Butterflies. But you can help by growing some in your garden this year!
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