Days to Germination: 14-21 days
Asclepias curassavica, the Blood Flower. Milkweed thrives in full to partial sunlight in most soil types. It may be sown outdoors after the last frost date but is best started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting out after all danger of frost has passed. Use individual peat pots or seed-starting cells to avoid root disturbance. Provide even moisture and strong light. Harden off the plants by gradually acclimating them outside over 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. Bred for the professional cut flower trade, it is the best for summer butterfly gardens. It produces a profusion of yellow, red and orange flower clusters and spindly pods that launch flat seeds within fluffy white parachutes. Cut the flowers early in the day when they are almost fully open ~ hold them upside down to avoid dripping their milky-white sap. Summer-fall flowering.
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