Planting seeds captured from butterfly weed

GARDEN Q&A

GardenQ&A

October 08, 2005|By JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI | JON TRAUNFELD AND ELLEN NIBALI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I have a perennial called butterfly weed with yellow clusters of flowers. When the seed pods break, like native milkweed, lots of floating white "fairies" come out. How can I grow these seeds for more plants next year?

Butterfly weed is a favorite of butterflies. This native flower is easy to raise from seed. Seeds need no special treatment before germination. Until planting, store them in a glass jar in a cool, dry area where temperatures don't fluctuate too much. Start the seeds indoors or directly sow them outdoors in the spring or fall. They prefer full sun and average soil. In the summertime, we have no trouble with flies, but in the winter our house becomes infested. We'll kill 40 or more in 72 hours! Why does this happen?

at 800-342-2507 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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