You’d have to experiment for more answers on the native varieties. I moved them outside to my hot, steamy but shaded potting bench intending to give them one last change and stick them in soil. Oh Happy Day! After they have eaten all the leaves off I put the stems in a glass with water. Soaring from Mexico into the United States and Canada, monarch butterflies are searching for one thing--milkweed plants. After cutting a hole in the lid I close the container. The long, oblong leaves are light green and grow to about 8 inches long. 7. How long after treating with the hormone can it be replanted in the ground? I am having luck with common wm. Can’t wait to see your results Tony, great information here. Filed Under: Butterfly Garden Ideas, Milkweed Garden Ideas, Milkweed Propagation, Minnesota Garden Ideas, Plant Propagation, Starting A Garden Tagged With: milkweed cuttings, native milkweed. congrats Helen, it’s always fun when ‘accidents’ yield great results. Then dip stem in the powder root Hormone, shake off excess power. How? I have 10 common milkweed plants, had over 100 seed pods this year, but no monarchs. Tony, I took some Incarnata cuttings because I was trying to train some new seedlings into branching out. Tropical milkweed is most easily propagated through stem cuttings in water or soil: http://monarchbutterflygarden.net/grow-from-cuttings/. I start cuttings using a powder rooting hormone>>>”Green Light Rooting Hormone”__Home Depot , gardening stores. 3. There were very few monarchs coming to my garden. Like all members of the milkweed family, balloon plant is one of the best plants for attracting monarch butterflies. Donna. They are called milkweed because the plants contain latex, a milky white fluid. I have also transplanted some very young antelope horn sprouts that are doing well. I also experienced the stems and leaves wilting very quickly on some, but not others. Milkweed is the sole host plant to the monarch butterfly's caterpillar, but keeping milkweed as part of our landscape is important to more than just monarch butterflies. When digging up smaller plants to move be sure to get the tap root. Summer is a prime time to take native milkweed cuttings for a few compelling reasons: Here are some milkweed varieties we will attempt to propagate with stem cuttings, but really, you can try this with any variety if you have herbaceous stems available: Tuberosa is one of the few varieties that can be propagated in both soil and water. Alternatively, you could direct planting your cuttings in regular garden soil using rooting hormone powder. It may restart itself. It’s always the best feeling when you think a garden experiment fails, but later you discover it just needed more time. I am going to retry using your steps and will edit this article over the off-season. We’ve attempted to root other native milkweeds in water, but the stems have always rotted. As every gardener knows, cutting off milkweed stem above ground simply causes it to regenerate from the roots. I knew I had to make every leaf count. I think this would work with wild also. Creating a butterfly garden is a process, and once the butterflies finally find your garden they really do keep coming back! Sometimes I do something right and it doesn't wilt. Hi Harry, what color are the flowers? About half are working. The only bad thing is our community sprays for mosquitos and that has had a deadly affect on hatching eggs. This is a common problem for butterfly gardeners in those regions. Nonmigrating Monarch butterflies in Hawaii and Arizona have lesser-than-average levels of OE infection, notes Glassberg, pointing out that some Monarchs overwinter and sustain themselves on evergreen milkweeds like Fringed twinevine and Pineneedle milkweed. Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweed plants of the genera Asclepias and Ampelamus. 5. I put it in a plastic container with a lid. Root overwintering plants anytime between January and March. Put the milkweed cutting through the hole into the oasis. Milkweeds can be grown from seeds or vegetatively from root cuttings or rhizomes. I definitely wish you all the best with the cuttings – but until I actually get some monarchs I will cheer you on from the sidelines. I live in Zone 8 and there is a chance it will make it through the winter here, at least if we do not have an unusually cold one. Asclepias incarnata can be easily divided in spring/fall to multiply your milkweed supply. Simply click here to return to. I plan to take cuttings tomorrow and will do the potting soil & then the water also , this is my first time to plant milk weed. What a useful post with steps for taking Native Milkweed cuttings! Insert chopstick/pencil in soil to make holes for placing cuttings. He takes them to pre-k so the kids can watch the “hungry” caterpillars grow (we changed out pots of milkweed often) and form chrysalis and then become butterflies. Cuttings can usually be transplanted in 6-10 weeks. I had to buy more and more plants because the caterpillars ate SO much! Bryon & Jamison (6). When the caterpillars hatch, they feed on the leaves of milkweed. this is my first season rooting native cuttings so I will report more info as I get my results. My milkweed has lasted for 2 or 3 days using this method. Jim, sorry to hear this. If there is no milkweed, there will be no monarchs. Your website has been the most informative I have found about raising Monarchs and the plants that support them. I absolutely love it. Keep cuttings in a light shady area. Scrape the bottom third of the cutting with a sharp knife. I was so depressed to become so overjoyed! Milkweeds (Asclepias spp. We may try some in our porch this spring, which should provide better cuttings quality and better growing conditions. My grandson who is 4 and I have been growing caterpillars since spring, caging a few on plants in gallon pots. Tried many times with zero luck. Yes, some people cover their plants so they can grow to maturity. Some insects such as monarch butterflies have evolved a resistance to the poison and can safely consume the plants. I did take a cutting of Gomphocarpus fruticosus a few days ago, and will be sure to update that page with the results: I will look for your results later on in the season. Without it, they cannot complete their life cycle and their populations decline. We’re planting our native milkweed cuttings in an 80/20 mix of perlite to peat moss, which is a more traditional mix for starting stem cuttings than starting  in soil. Use a stick to poke a hole in the rooting medium and gently insert the base of the milkweed stem. If there is no milkweed, there will be no monarchs. Fill the container with water so the oasis is saturated. by Vanessa personally I would not do this for common milkweed, since it does spread so easily on its own. Use a sharp pruner to take milkweed cuttings at a 45° angle for optimal water absorption. Hi Kristy, you place it in the growing medium right away…I successfully transplanted a couple of ours this spring after I saw new leaf growth. Hello Judy, Be sure you have nectaring plants along with mw nearby. I have milkweed but not a monarch to be seen in my part of Atlanta. Use organic peat or all-purpose potting soil in pots. Avoid direct sunlight while the milkweed is forming … Thank you for posting this Perry! Put the milkweed cutting through the hole into the oasis. Monarch Butterfly Garden- Bring Home the Butterflies, Butterfly Garden Ideas and Gardening Tips to Attract Monarchs, Swallowtails, Hummingbirds, and other Precious Pollinators, Tropical milkweed cuttings can be started indoors throughout the year, but native milkweed has a smaller window of opportunity…. Hi Ed, I’m going to assume you live in Florida or California? Common milkweed plants grow to about 2 to 4 feet in height, with a thin, vertical growth habit. Here at Monarchs-And-Milkweed.com we offer what you need to grow Monarch butterflies: (1) Monarch eggs and/or larvae (caterpillars), (2) milkweed plants for the caterpillars to feed on, and (3) easy to use, clean, and store Popup mesh cages. is a family of perennial flowering plants that are native to Africa and North and South America. It's easy to do. Native milkweed species can be propagated by stem cuttings but need an environment conducive to growing, like in a greenhouse or under a misting system. Or does the cutting need leaves? Dip the scraped area in rooting hormone powder. My cuttings last at least 2 days this way. I placed the seeds in a damp paper towel for a few days until they had just started germinating and then planted them. prevent milkweed from wilting by: Susie I use the floral oasis from flower shops. Thank you. I rear my butterflies inside and have to take cuttings of the host plant to put in the rearing cage. If you opt for potting soil as your growing medium, be sure to mix in plenty of perlite…. Please keep me posted on your results too! We had a terribly hot, dry summer this year and a lot of the wild Milkweed along the roadsides wilted and died. Water soil thoroughly. But say you have a milkweed stalk with no leaves at all, or a really long one, with only two leaves at the top. It is Oct. 2, 2010. 4. Also, you would have to separate and space the plants out at some point. Tropical milkweed is a non-native most commonly sold in nurseries. 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